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Hull is the type of uninspiring English Premier League team that Manchester City should eat for breakfast and that makes one rate the Citizens as the best bet on the weekend coupon.
Manchester City completed an English Premier League double over Hull last season – both matches finished 2-0 in favour of the Citizens – and one is willing to look past the away side’s raw run of four games without win. After all, the English Premier League champion was robbed by Stoke before running into Arsenal, Bayern Munchen and Chelsea back to back to back. And it is not as though Hull, which crashed out of the UEFA Europa League to Lokeren, is a top team.
Hull is 10th on the English Premier League ladder, thanks in the main to its 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in the first round. From what one has seen in the first five rounds, it will be amazing if Queens Park Rangers finishes higher than 16th, with relegation back to the English Championship more likely than a second successive season among the elite. Hull has kept only two clean sheets in its nine matches across all competitions, a statistic that suggests that it will be incapable of holding Manchester City’s attack at bay.
Boylesports is offering odds of 31/50 1.62 -161 0.62 -1.61 0.62 about Manchester City getting its English Premier League campaign back on track with a win over a Hull side that, apart from a fortuitous 3-1 home victory over Liverpool, failed every time that it faced an English Premier League heavyweight last term.
Like Manchester City, Stoke is in a false position on the English Premier League ladder because most of its efforts have not received their just reward. For example, Stoke should have beaten Queens Park Rangers comfortably in its last English Premier League game and yet it had to settle for one point following Niko Kranjcar’s late equaliser.
Unlike Manchester City, Newcastle is in its rightful spot on the English Premier League ladder – bottom having performed poorly in spite of what, on paper, looked like a relatively soft start with matches at home to Crystal Palace and Hull among its early assignments. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is living on borrowed time because the Magpies have been in relegation form for most of the calendar year.
Newcastle thrashed Stoke 5-1 in their English Premier League clash at St James’ Park last season but the result is a bit misleading as the Magpies were losing 0-1 until the Potters had not one but two players sent off just before half time. Stoke won the Britannia Stadium rematch 1-0 fair and square and odds of 6/5 2.20 +120 1.20 1.20 -0.83 with Bwin and William Hill about a similar outcome on Monday night looks somewhat on the big size.
Finally, Southampton has been really impressive in the first five English Premier League rounds and Queens Park Rangers has been the complete opposite so one has no hesitation in picking the Saints at odds of 1/2 1.50 -200 0.50 -2.00 0.50 with Totesport.
Southampton supporters displayed their bitterness towards the likes of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren throughout their team’s unlucky 1-2 English Premier League loss at Liverpool in the opening round. Since then, though, Southampton fans have forgotten about their former heroes and lapped up the exciting play of their new recruits under new boss Ronald Koeman. Southampton will not maintain its second spot on the English Premier League ladder but another top-10 finish is looking much more likely than it did two months ago.
Queens Park Rangers was lucky to get back into the English Premier League at the first attempt and it will require more good fortune to hand around past May. Queens Park Rangers has lost each of its two English Premier League away games 0-4 and another heavy road defeat is likely to eventuate.
Man City to beat Hull
27th September 15:00 GMT
Odds: 31/50 1.62 -161 0.62 -1.61 0.62
Where to Bet: Boylesports
Southampton to beat QPR
27th September 15:00 GMT
Odds: 1/2 1.50 -200 0.50 -2.00 0.50
Where to Bet: Totesport