Tuesday's EPL Hull City vs. Liverpool: Soccer Odds, Prediction & Picks

Kevin Stott

Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:05 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015 7:05 PM UTC

Hull City could really use a win, but with Liverpool in town Tuesday, it won’t be as easy as it sounds. Is Hull worth our soccer pick in this rescheduled game against a Reds? Let’s examine.

Odds Overview
Hull City vs. Liverpool, Tuesday, April 28 19:45 (NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra (US), 2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT): Relegation is the dirtiest word in sports. Tying is meh, losing sucks and getting caught cheating or being suspended both have their own stigmas, but being dropped from the league in which you play(ed) is not only humiliating for the team’s players and soul-crushing for its fans, but financially crushing for the clubs themselves and the cities and towns in which they play their matches. Being relegated from major soccer leagues is tantamount to owning and running an Ice Cream factory one day to driving an Ice Cream Truck the next. Word.

Anyway, host Hull City (6-10-16, 29 GF-45 GA) will started play this Saturday (Week 33, at Crystal Palace) on The Fringe Of The Dreaded Relegation Zone in 17th place (28 points), just 2 points ahead of 18th-place QPR (26 points) and 19th-place Burnley (26 points), so getting at least a Draw and 1 point here at Home at KC Stadium in Kingston upon Hull in Week 32 against guests Liverpool (17-6-9, 47 GF-36 GA) will be crucial, if not upsetting the high-flying Reds.

Soccer odds makers have Liverpool logical -125 favorites with hosts Hull City frothy +350 underdogs and the Draw priced at +250 (bet365). The Total Goals in this game has been set at 2½ Under -133 (Over +114, BetVictor) while the popular Both Teams To Score Prop wager has the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ both lined at -120 (bet365). A couple of other random Prop wagers: Draw No Bet: Liverpool -333, Hull City +220 (Winner); Highest Scoring Half: Second Half +114, First Half +220, Draw +240 (Both halves same number of goals, BetVictor); and, Correct Score: 0-0 +800, 1-1 +550, Liverpool 1-0 +550, Liverpool 2-0 +750, Liverpool 3-0 +1400, Liverpool 2-1 +750, Liverpool 3-1 +1400, Liverpool 3-2 +2500 (Paddy Power).


Liverpool FC
In 15 Road games so far this season, Liverpool (8-1-6 Away, 20 GF-20 GA) has only had one Draw—against Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park in a scoreless 0-0 affair on February 7—so take that for what it’s worth...nothing. Now sitting in 5th place in the league standings, the Reds have been on a roll and quietly find themselves just 4 points behind 4th-place Manchester City (61 points to 57 points) in the race for that final UEFA Champions League berth, something the Reds got a taste of this season before being bounced from the prestigious tournament like all their other Barclay’s brethren. Liverpool is led by high-energy speedster Raheem Sterling (7 goals) and this club has received its’ scoring from a number of different places this season, including legendary club captain and future LA Galaxy (MLS) player Steven Gerrard (6 goals), Daniel Sturridge (4 goals), Southampton-signees Adam Lallana (4 goals) and Ricky Lambert (2 goals) and the talented Philippe Coutinho (4 goals), among others, like 20-year-old Serb winger Lazar Markovic. Still, it always seems Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is fighting something or fighting for something, and constantly having extreme personalities like Luis Suárez (now with Barcelona), Mario Balotelli and now Sterling must make it hard to manage, as well as try to achieve any consistent team flow. But still, behind underrated GK Simon Mignolet, Liverpool is still right where you would expect them to be at this particular point in the season and a club which nobody really likes to see popping up on their schedule.


Hull City AFC
Hull City (4-4-7 Home, 17 GF-20 GA) and manager Steve Bruce will need to do everything right these last 7 games in order to avoid being ejected from the EPL, and it looks like it will be quite challenging, starting with this fixture against Liverpool on Saturday. Expect the KC Stadium faithful to be in full throat in an effort to somehow will their boys on to a victory, and this actually looks like it has the makings of a very close game with the site edge to the Tigers and so much emotion heading in. Hull City’s attack is led by Nikica Jelavic (8 goals), Mohamed Diamé (4 goals), Abel Hernández (4 goals), Dame N’Doye (3 goals), Sone Aluko  and Stephen Quinn (3 assists) and the Tigers feature Allan McGregor in goal, but Bruce has let two other backups have spot starts. The Tigers are coming off a 2-0 loss to Southampton in their last outing last weekend, and the Hull City currently ranks dead-last (20th) in the current EPL Form Table (LDDLLL) although the Tigers is 3-2-1 L6 here at Home at KC Stadium. Like the other teams clustering at the bottom of the English Premier League table, Hull City just don’t possess enough offensive scoring power and Liverpool’s second and some third stringers could probably find time in Hull City’s starting XI.


Series Trends and Best Betting Approaches
Liverpool is 6-3-1 lifetime (26 GF- 12 GA) against Hull City in all competitions, 3-3-1 in English Premier League games (14 GF- 7 GA) and 1-1-1 (4 GF- 4 GA) in league play here at the KC Stadium in Hull. So, the Reds have lost just one time to the Tigers—a 3-1 win a year ago at Home in this fixture—and Hull City has the worst current form in the league. Do you need to know anymore before placing your soccer pick? With an eye on another potential UEFA Champions League spot, expect Rodgers to have Sterling, Gerrard, Coutinho & Company in focus for this really important match for both clubs on Tuesday, as getting 3 points in a game for the Reds against a reeling club like Hull City with a mere 6 games to go is imperative—especially this week with the team Liverpool is chasing—4th-place and defending Premier League champions Manchester City (18-7-7, 61 points)—having such a relatively easy schedule down the homestretch in its remaining 6 games (West Ham United, Aston Villa, QPR and Southampton at Home and Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City on the Road). So, Liverpool should be desperate enough as has the more skilled players to find a way to win this one, although Hull City should give the Reds all they can handle because of the 17th spot in the table and the Home site. But Belgian keeper Mignolet and English midfielder Sterling may end up making the difference for visitors Liverpool in what appears to possibly be a very close match between these two clubs in Kingston upon Hull on Tuesday evening in this match which had to be re-scheduled due to Liverpool’s participation last weekend (EPL Week 32) in the FA Cup Semifinals at London’s Wembley Stadium (the Reds lost 2-1 to Aston Villa).

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Predicted Final Score:  Hull City 1 Liverpool 2

Premier League Soccer Pick: Liverpool -117 at William Hill

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