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Hull City v West Brom preview: Baggies to right their away-day wrongs

Hull City welcome West Brom on Friday and the hosts' home record sets them in good stead for the visit of the Baggies.

The Tigers have eased their relegation fears by remaining unbeaten in their last six at home in the league and they might just be facing Albion at the perfect time.

West Brom beat Middlesbrough in their last game, but after looking like promotion candidates, start this round of fixtures six points shy of the top six and have been shocking on the road.

Carlos Corberan's men have lost their last three Championship away games, a run that was supplemented by a 3-0 FA Cup defeat at Bristol City.

However, having beaten Boro, they have a chance to kick on and get back on the promotion trail.

WhatHull City v West Brom
WhereThe MKM Stadium, Hull
When20:00, Friday 3rd March
How to watchSky Sports Main Event & Football
OddsHull City 11/5, Draw 9/4, West Brom 13/10

Baggies bouncing back

Hull's November appointment of Liam Rosenier now looks like a masterstroke. The 38-year-old was praised for his work alongside Wayne Rooney at Derby and leapt at the chance to return to the Tigers, having played for the club between 2010 and 2015.

Hull sat 21st on Rosenior's first day in the job but head into Friday's match 16th in the standings, 11 points clear of the relegation places.

They are unbeaten at home since the Championship season resumed after the World Cup and take on a Baggies side struggling on the road.

The Baggies' last away outing came in the form of a 3-2 defeat at Watford and their record of five wins from 16 on the road this season is weighing down their promotion push.

Corberan had won 10 of his 13 league games before signing a new deal at the start of February but failed to win their next three before beating Boro, and that result could define their season.

Their road worries are a real issue and Hull are a tempting price at 11/5 in the Full Time Result market but that win over Middlesbrough felt like a statement.

Corberan's side are 13/10 to win for just the sixth time away from home this season, and this has to be tempting with Friday's match a possible further catalyst to their promotion push. 

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Hard to see goals in Humberside

That said, it may not be too open an encounter at the MKM Stadium, with Hull having kept clean sheets in their last three home matches, while they have not conceded more than once on their own patch since November.

The Baggies had failed to net in their two away games in all competitions prior to their 3-2 defeat at Vicarage Road.

West Brom were the 5-2 winners when the sides met at The Hawthorns in August but three of the four meetings before that had produced a 'No' in the Both Teams to Score market, which is available at 5/6.

An away win and no in the Result/Both Teams to Score market is a handy 11/4, and under 2.5 goals in the Goals Over/Under market is 4/6.

Dike double sets a precedent

Daryl Dike has endured a mixed time since joining the Baggies last January, with hamstring and thigh issues hindering him at The Hawthorns.

The goals have not exactly flowed since his return to fitness, but he netted both strikes against Boro and seems to be finding himself.

West Brom's lack of an out-and-out goalscorer has been a huge issue. Dike's tally of five Championship goals is matched by Brandon Thomas-Asante, but neither has established themselves and it has hurt their team, especially as Corberan's other option, Karlan Ahearne-Grant, has netted just three.

The American is 12/5 in the Anytime Goalscorers market and could be the difference.

Another thing to look for could be a lack of cards, with West Brom (52 yellows, one red) the best-behaved team in the Championship and Hull not far behind (63 yellows, one red).

Under 3.5 cards is 5/6, while conversely, a penalty has been scored in two of the pair's last three meetings and a price of 13/2 is available for a spot-kick to be the First Goal Method.

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