At first glance Tottenham and Hull do not seem to have much in common but dig a bit deeper and one finds that Spurs and the Tigers are more alike than most punters would think.
What Tottenham and Hull share is an inability to get decent results versus the English Premier League heavyweights. And because Tottenham and Hull are playing Manchester City and Arsenal away from home respectively in the eighth round of English Premier League fixtures, one is pretty keen to bet on both Spurs and the Tigers experiencing road defeats.
Last season Tottenham accrued one point from its six English Premier League away matches against teams that finished above it on the ladder and that was courtesy of a 0-0 draw at Everton. The rest of Tottenham’s trips to the English Premier League big boys ended in disaster, with Spurs losing 1-0 at Arsenal, 4-0 at Chelsea, 4-0 at Liverpool and 6-0 at Manchester City. And Manchester City thrashed Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane, although one should note that the score was only 1-0 to the Citizens when Spurs defender Danny Rose was sent off for a foul that resulted in a penalty kick.
Manchester City versus Tottenham is the game that will kick off the English Premier League’s eighth round and backing the Citizens at odds of -200 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power is the best way to attack the match. Already this term Tottenham has lost 0-3 at home to Liverpool and been very lucky to escape from Arsenal with a 1-1 draw.
That Hull preserved its English Premier League status last season had nothing to do with its results against the top sides and everything to do with its results versus the sides on the bottom half of the ladder. Apart from a fortunate 3-1 home win over Liverpool in which the Reds were on top before a wickedly deflected goal opened the scoring for Hull, the Tigers did not beat a top-nine team in the English Premier League last term. Hull boasted the third worst away record in the English Premier League last season, with each of its games at the top nine sides ending in defeat for the Tigers.
Arsenal beat Hull 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium and 3-0 at the KC Stadium to collect six English Premier League points and the Gunners recovered from conceding two goals in the first eight minutes of their English FA Cup final tie against Hull at Wembley Stadium to win the match 3-2 after extra time.
Many bookmakers, including Bwin, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power, are offering odds of -250 that Arsenal gets its 0-2 English Premier League loss at Chelsea out of its system with a home victory over a Hull side that knows its place in the order.
Finally, unless Harry Redknapp can pull some rabbits out of his hat when the transfer window reopens, it would appear that Queens Park Rangers is heading back to the English Championship. That is, of course, if Redknapp is the Queens Park Rangers manager when the next lot of wheeling and dealing happens. Redknapp is under pressure because Queens Park Rangers spent heavily after gaining promotion and it is bottom of the English Premier League ladder, playing badly.
The word is that Liverpool will field both Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge versus Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Single English Premier League home points are not what Queens Park Rangers requires so one expects that the Super Hoops will have a go at Liverpool, thereby leaving spaces for the Reds to exploit on the counter. Queens Park Rangers looks vulnerable defending against the English Premier League’s top attacks, with Rio Ferdinand past his best.
Coral and Ladbrokes are offering odds of -161 that Liverpool beats Queens Park Rangers and breathes new life into its English Premier League campaign ahead of its UEFA Champions League Group B blockbuster versus Real Madrid at Anfield.
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