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Hull v Tottenham: Spurs to sign off in style

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The curtain comes down on Hull's one year stay in the Premier League today and runners-up, Spurs, look set to send them into the Championship with a defeat.

"As far as I’m concerned, if either of the sides are going to have their foot off the gas it will be Hull."

Back Tottenham @ [1.72]

Hull v Tottenham
Sunday May 21, 15:00 BST


Hull

It was a case of so near yet so far for Hull City as they had looked set to perform an almighty escape from relegation, but a crushing 2-0 home defeat to the already relegated Sunderland, handed Swansea the impetus they needed to overhaul the Tigers and condemn them to the Championship.

Marco Silva's task was a huge one, but he's performed with credit and even if he does leave the club in the summer, I wouldn't imagine the fans would have anything really negative to say about him.

His fantastic home record came to an emphatic end in that Sunderland match and the players looked like they had ran out of steam at Selhurst Park last Sunday - a match which they lost 4-0.

The manager doesn't have a huge squad to pick from so while he will likely freshen things up with a couple of changes, I can't imagine that it will be too much of an under-strength line-up.


Tottenham

It's hard to sum up Tottenham's campaign as while they have excelled in the Premier League, they have still failed to maintain a title challenge to the end of the season and they underperformed in Europe.

The future is promising for Spurs fans though as they have a hugely talented, young team which will surely only get better - provided they hang on to their top names.

Mauricio Pochettino will be hopeful of doing so, but even if Kyle Walker moves on, he's used the end of the season wisely to give Kieran Trippier plenty of starts at right back.

It will be interesting to see what kind of line up he fields at the KCOM but I can't imagine it will be too under-strength as Harry Kane will want to win the Golden Boot for a second successive season and they will want to banish the memories of their final day thrashing at Newcastle last year.


Match Odds
Hull [6.8] Tottenham [1.55] The Draw [4.6]

While I'm loath to use the term 'banker', I would categorise a Spurs victory as being close to that territory. If this wasn't an end of season match they would certainly be a lot shorter than they are now.

As far as I'm concerned, if either of the sides are going to have their foot off the gas it will be Hull. They have nothing to play for, are on a huge downer and the manager could be on his way.

As mentioned earlier, the visitors will want to erase any lingering memories of the dismal end to their last campaign and they shrugged off Chelsea winning the title by beating Manchester United in their very next fixture.

I appreciate that the hosts have had an excellent recent record in front of their own fans, but that's when they had something to play for and it came to an end against Sunderland anyway.


Over/Under 2.5 Goals
Over 2.5 Goals [1.65] Under 2.5 Goals [2.42]

The market is favouring a goal-fest and I'm inclined to agree. Tottenham have played some excellent stuff this year, Thursday night's 6-1 battering of Leicester being another high point, and the attacking threat of Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son, Dele Alli and Kane has been a joy to behold at times.

And the England forward certainly won't be coasting as he's got a Golden Boot to win and it's difficult to forget Hull's capitulation at Selhurst Park.

One possible option to combine the two is to take the 'Away and Over 2.5 Goals' bet on the Betfair Sportsbook, which is available to back at 11/10.


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Back Tottenham win/Over 2.5 goals double @ 11/10

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