Kick Off: 1945, 26/01/2017
Stadium: KCOM Stadium
TV: Sky Sports 1
Manchester United look in control of their EFL Cup semi-final tie with Hull City after securing a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Old Trafford, but the Tigers will be going all out to upset the odds in Thursday’s return fixture.
It was close between these two teams when they met at this venue in the Premier League back in August, with Marcus Rashford eventually earning United maximum points via an injury-time strike.
A Look At Hull City’s Betting Odds
Hull’s 2-0 loss at Chelsea on Sunday was marred by a serious head injury to Ryan Mason, but otherwise they will have taken plenty of heart from a gutsy display at Stamford Bridge, with the result only settled late on.
On the back of a big win at home to Bournemouth, manager Marco Silva declared: “We tried to come to compete and to take points. It’s not a bad performance for us. We had good defensive organisation.”
The Tigers have certainly performed with credit in recent weeks and, if not too badly affected by Mason’s problems in the build-up to this game, we can see them giving United a real test on home turf, so snap up 7/5 for Silva’s side to avoid defeat in 90 minutes.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United’s first-leg success was relatively straightforward, but it was workmanlike, rather than spectacular, suggesting the Red Devils will be content to book their place in the final in similar fashion here.
Jose Mourinho is still expected to select a strong team, but his starting line-up and early tactics may be built more around keeping things tight, making 13/10 for the scores to be level at half-time a solid option.
With Hull forced to throw caution to the wind as the match progresses, however, things should open up at some point, and we also like 23/20 for two or three goals to be scored in this fixture.
Chelsea 2-0 HULL CITY
Stoke 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED – Wayne Rooney
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