Preston North End

V

Deepdale

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Hull City

V

Deepdale

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Preston North End host Hull this weekend, looking to do the double over their opponents.

Last time: Preston took all three points in an early season encounter at the KCOM stadium, thanks to goals from Tom Barkuizen and Callum Robinson.

This time: Preston are 21/20 to win, Hull 11/4 and a draw 23/10.

You might remember: The first of many Championship clashes between the two sides back in 2005, which ended with a 3-0 Preston win. Jemal Johnson, David Jones and Paul Mckenna were all on the scoresheet that day, with current West Brom keeper, Boaz Myhill between the sticks for Hull.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Preston haven’t won any of their last three games at their Deepdale home

Sitting in ninth place in the league, level on points with Middlesbrough and one point ahead of rivals Leeds United, every point matters for Preston at this point in the season. Hull have recently broken out of the relegation zone, but are only free on goal difference, any slip up could see Bolton overtake them.

Preston are 21/20 to win on the day, and have form, league position and the home advantage in their favour. The mood around the ground is positive, as the departure of Hugill was largely expected, and the club received a reported £8 million from his sale. With three attacking midfielders behind him, Moult will receive a lot of service, and should enjoy playing against one of the leakiest defences in the league.

Hull are 11/4 to take three points, and also have reason for optimism. Having been routed to the bottom of the league for a while, they also have enjoyed a decent run of results, including two FA cup wins. With a trip to Chelsea coming up, Alex Neil will have an eye on the incoming revenue that can be reinvested over the summer. Provided none of the teams below them get a result, the Tigers can afford to lose this weekend.

A draw is 23/10 which, given that the two sides have drawn seven out of their combined last twelve games, is statistically likely. Hull will likely set up to defend, and if Preston’s attack fails to click, a low score draw may be a good bet.

Tom Barkhuizen is 2/1 to score anytime for Preston, having already notched against Hull this season. The left-attacking-midfielder has been the Lilywhites most productive player this season, with five goals and six assists to his name already.

Jarrod Bowen is 3/1 to score this weekend, and has been a revelation for Hull this season. Having come through the ranks with the Tigers, the left-winger has scored 11 goals already, making up for the poor form of the club’s forwards.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:Louis Moult.

A great player for Motherwell this season, Moult has the unenviable task of being expected to lead Preston’s line without a pre-season to acclimatise. The three attacking midfielders behind him, who have contributed 12 assists between them will make this job easier, and it will be interesting to see their link-up play.

Moult is 12/5 to score.

2

We fancy:Preston to win and Barkhuizen to score at 7/2.

With four attacking players on the pitch, Preston will be gunning for the win, and should outclass Hull’s back line.

3

It’s a long shot, but: Moult to score a hat trick at 100/1.

The new signing from Motherwell has big shoes to fill but has proven himself in Scotland and will hope he can continue in the Championship.

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Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.