Hull City host Luton on Friday night, looking to stop the rot after four straight defeats with caretaker Andy Dawson in charge following Shota Arveladze's dismissal, and I’ve got a boosted Bet Builder for Friday night’s clash.
I travelled to Hull vs Stoke earlier in the month thinking that the Tigers could be potential play-off challengers with players like Ozan Tufan, Jean Michael Seri and Oscar Estupinan in their team. I left there thinking that was unlikely, with another 3-0 defeat inflicted just a few days later.
The run of form sparked rumours that Arveladze had tendered his resignation, and while the Georgian remained at the club over the international break, owner Acun Ilicali has pulled the trigger on the eve on Friday’s match.
Dawson will be in the dugout as caretaker manager, and is tasked with quickly organising his side for the visit of Luton Town, a side finally winning games after a slow start to the campaign.
After failing to win any of their first four games, the Hatters have turned a bit of a corner, with 11 points in their last six games with a place in the top six back on the horizon.
In contrast to their opponents on Friday night, it seems a long time since the Tigers’ unbeaten start to the season briefly saw them top the table with Estupinan firing his way to the top of the goalscoring charts.
The picture looks very different now, with City scoring just once in their last four games, conceding 18 in their last six.
On top of that, the hosts have had issues defending set-plays this season, conceding a league high six, so Reece Burke, who scored a belter in the last game (from open play), as well as Dan Potts, may well come into the equation.
I’m going to play safe by focusing on Carlton Morris, a player who has bagged six goals and takes just under three shots per 90. The 26-year-old to take Over 2.5 Shots in the match is the starter in my Bet Builder.
Despite losing their last four games, Hull have managed to accumulate 23 corners in that time and with the visitors themselves posting 22 in that period, I’m sticking in Over 9 flag kicks as my second selection.
The break – and managerial change – may have come at the right time for Hull and we could well see some of their star turns put on a performance in front of the cameras.
The only thing I’m surprised about with the whole Arveladze saga is that the Georgian has gone hours before kick-off against Luton. However, with the owner known as the ‘Turkish Simon Cowell’, Acun Ilicali clearly has the X-Factor about him.
Dawson may have taken over the Tigers’ reins tonight, but I’m hopeful that they don’t hit a Blankety Blank in this one – Both Teams To Score is my final selection.
Carlton Morris Over 2.5 Shots - 6/5
Over 9 Corners - 5/6
Both Teams to Score - 5/6
Bet Builder boosted from 6/1 to 15/2.
By Steve Freeth