These two sides both dropped out of the Premier League last season, Hull with rather more of a fight than Middlesbrough. However in terms of summer transfer activity, there was no comparison between the approach of the two clubs, with Boro investing heavily in a promotion push while Hull cashed in just about all their major assets.
As a result the visitors should have much the stronger season but Hull have looked lively going forward at least and we should see goals at both ends here. The Tigers have been scoring for fun in front of their own fans this term. They’ve scored a huge 2.86 goals per game at the KCOM in the league and also have the league’s best overall goalscoring record. However only three teams have worse defensive records than them and they were beaten 3-2 at home at the weekend by Nottingham Forest.
79% of Hull’s matches this term have produced goals at both ends and there’s a good chance this will be another one as Boro will come with three points firmly in mind. Gary Monk’s side haven’t really found top gear yet but an away win at Reading on Saturday was certainly a step in the right direction.
There is surely more to come from them as an attacking unit and they do have the potential to score a lot of goals, particularly with Britt Assombalonga leading the line. However they haven’t been totally convincing defensively of late and had gone 6 games without a clean sheet prior to that trip to the Madejski.
Free-scoring Hull should pose them problems and we ought to see plenty of goalmouth action in this one, so going for Both Teams to Score at 5/6 looks good.
Man for man it is Middlesbrough who have more quality though and they have greater strength in depth which could be a factor, given this is the second game in four days for both clubs. Backing Middlesbrough Draw No Bet at 10/11 looks good with Monk’s men unbeaten in five away league games heading into this.
In terms of a goalscorer bet, backing Jarrod Bowen to score anytime at 5/2 could be the way to go. The Hull youngster is having a stunning season with 8 goals in 14 appearances so far.