Manchester United will face Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-finals on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 26 January. The Red Devils have had some problems at the start of the season but continuously improved their performances and a run of six wins in a row has propelled them up to sixth spot in the league table. On the other side of the league table, Hull City are doing all they can to avoid relegation.
Red Devils are in a great form and will be the favourites in the semi-finals – bookmakers recommend a handicap bet
Everything is running smoothly for Manchester United since they have overcome some difficulties they had at the beginning of the season. The Red Devils are in a great form and have climbed to sixth place in the league table with 39 points from 20 matches and a goal difference of 31:19. Jose Mourinho’s side is unbeaten in eleven matches and has won all of their last six league games which means they are one of the best teams in Europe and have shortened the gap to the Champions League places to three points and to leaders Chelsea to ten points. The first leg takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday before Mourinho’s side will travel to the KC Stadium for the return fixture 16 days later. Manchester United have a positive head-to-heat record against Hull with four wins and one draw in their last five meetings, where they scored a total of ten goals and conceded only three. The Red Devils have a much higher squad value of £465.80m, compared to Hull’s £72.12m, and their upward trend speaks a clear language. Mourinho can field a full-strength squad since there are no injured players that will miss out on the match. Given the team’s latest results, it is fair to claim that Manchester United are the favourites in the betting tip but the way back to old strengths is still a long one.
Basement boys Hull City are the rank outsiders in the betting tip
It is a difficult season for newly-promoted Hull who find themselves on the last place in the Premier League with 13 points from 20 matches, three points behind the safe zone occupied by Crystal Palace. The team of coach Marco Silva needs to do something up front especially because of the fact that they have scored only 17 goals which means they have the league’s worst offensive line together with Middlesbrough. Moreover, they have the second-worst defence and will miss their international players Mbokani and Elmohamady due to international fixtures. Luer and Keane are also ruled out due to injuries. The Tigers cannot compete with United when it comes to the comparison of market values and they have not scored in their last three encounters. Hull have not won in nine consecutive league games and without any doubt they are outsiders in the first leg at Old Trafford in a match in which a handicap bet is recommended by the bookmakers.
Betting tip for Manchester United versus Hull City
Given Hull City’s performance this season, it is clear that Manchester United are the favourites but cup games have their own rules and history is full of David versus Goliath battles in which the underdog springs a surprise and sucker-punches the giant. In this case, however, we expect a handicap victory of the Red Devils which will pay out odds between 1.52 and 1.65. ManU are in an impressive form and have not lost in eleven league games. Their recent head-to-head record against Hull is positive and their squad value is almost £400m higher which is quite impressive. If Hull can earn a draw at Old Trafford, the bookmakers will pay out odds ranging from 4.13 to 4.60. Odds between 3.60 and 4.00 are offered in the case when the Red Devils win with a one-goal margin.