Hull City has another tough English Premier League game on their hands this weekend when they host Liverpool at the KC Stadium on Saturday, February 4th.
Hull is coming off of a 0-0 draw against Manchester United away at Old Trafford on Wednesday while Liverpool played to a 1-1 draw with league-leading Chelsea at home at Anfield the night before.
Hull City vs Liverpool – 5Dimes Soccer Betting Line:
- 5Dimes currently lists Liverpool as the favorites to win the game at -269 with Hull +563 and a draw at +317
Hull City vs Liverpool – Head to Head:
- These two teams met in September in the Premier League with Liverpool winning 5-1 at home. Each team has a win, loss and draw in the last three meetings. Hull has also won two of the last five, but they’re the only two victories ever against the Reds. Overall, the two teams have met just 21 times in the past with Liverpool winning 14, losing two and drawing the other five.
Hull City – A Closer Look:
Hull climbed out of the Premier League basement with their draw in Manchester on Wednesday. They now sit in 19th place in the 20-team league and are still in the relegation zone though. Hull has 17 points out of a possible 69 after 23 matches. They have four wins, five draws and 14 losses with 20 goals for and 47 against. They have just one win in their past 12 league contests with four draws and seven defeats and have been outscored 23-10 in those games.
Hull sits a lone point in front of last-place Sunderland and is two behind 18th-place Crystal Palace and four behind Swansea, Leicester and Middlesbrough and the safety zone. Hull has three wins, three draws and five losses at home this season with 14 goals for and 21 against. On the injury front, defender Moses Odubajo is out for the season while defender Curtis Davies and midfielders Ryan Mason, Markus Henriksen and Brian Lenihan on the long-term injury list with forward William Keane.
New manager Marco Silva was busy in the January transfer window as he acquired Markus Henriksen from AZ Alkmaar, Oumar Niasse from Everton, Evandro from FC Porto, Omar Elabdellaoui from Olympiacos, Lazar Markovic from Liverpool, Andrea Ranocchia from Inter Milan, Alfred N’Diaye from Villarreal and Kamil Grosicki from Rennes. Players sent out non loan were Harvey Rodgers, Jonathan Edwards, Allan McGregor, Alex Bruce, James Weir and Josh Clackstone. Rory Watson was released while Jake Livermore was sold to West Bromwich Albion and Robert Snodgrass was sold to West Ham United.
Liverpool – A Closer Look:
The Reds’ didn’t gain any ground on first-place Chelsea during the week, but they didn’t gain any either as they settled for a 1-1 draw. This means the team still remains in fourth place in the Premier League 10 points behind the leaders. They’re also one point back of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and are tied on points with Manchester City. However, they have a better goal differential than Man City and therefore occupy fourth place in the standings.
The Merseyside club has 46 points on the season from 13 wins, seven draws and three defeats with a league-best 52 goals for and 28 against. The Reds have just one victory in their past nine contests in all competitions along with four losses and four draws. Overall though, the side has been beaten in just five of its last 28 outings in all competitions. Manager Jurgen Klopp has a few injury concerns to deal with as forward Danny Ings and goaltender Adam Bogdan are out for the season and midfielder Marko Grujic is listed as day to day. On the bright side, Sadio Mane has returned from the African Cup of Nations.
Liverpool has four wins, four draws and two losses in their last 10 league encounters with 20 goals for and 14 against. They have six wins away from home this campaign along with four draws and a pair of defeats with 23 goals for and 17 conceded. They’ve also registered nine clean sheets in the last 17 matches in all competitions. Liverpool recently sent Tiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho, and Lazar Markovic out on loan during the January transfer window and re-signed Joe Gomez to a long-term contract.
Hull City vs Liverpool – Takeaway:
Hull has a win and draw against Man United in the last week and Liverpool is struggling, so anything’s possible in this contest.
by Ian S. Palmer