Liverpool v Hull: No need for Snodgrass scoring spurt to be curtailed

Robert Snodgrass only made one appearance in Hull's previous Premier League campaign due to injury
Robert Snodgrass only made one appearance in Hull's previous Premier League campaign due to injury

Hull regained some form in the EFL Cup midweek - will they be about to build on that result at Liverpool?


"Robert Snodgrass somehow available to back at enormous odds of 8.07/1 despite firing seven times already in 2016/17: three for Scotland and four for his club, including two in two since the international break."

Liverpool 1.251/4 v Hull 15.5; The Draw 7.06/1
Saturday, 15:00

Ref Watch: Andre Marriner

Having handed out a mere five yellow cards across two August games, Marriner recently officiated a Europa League scrap between Panathinaikos and Ajax which required eight bookings and three red cards.


Liverpool

Victories away to Arsenal and Chelsea have seen the side that finished eighth in the Premier League last season repositioned as 7.06/1 second favourites to win the title, meaning that Jurgen Klopp is again seen to be the main obstacle between Man City boss Pep Guardiola and domestic silverware.

The odds attribute them a 14% chance of finishing first compared to 7% for Chelsea and Arsenal and 6% for Man United, which seems exaggerated given that they have the same points as the former pair and one more than the latter, but there is no denying that they are exceeding expectations.

They have already faced three of the Big Six and champions Leicester, though their worst display and result to date came in the supposed easiest fixture at Burnley, so underestimating Hull isn't an option. Joe Gomez won't be available, while Daniel Sturridge and Georginio Wijnaldum are doubts.


Hull

The Tigers surrendered the momentum that saw them beat Leicester and Swansea and initially keep pace with Man City at the top by losing at home to Man United and Arsenal and drawing at Burnley - albeit equalising in injury time - but their latest EFL Cup outing proved more help than hindrance.

Whereas most clubs consider the extra assignments a nuisance, Hull's trip to Stoke enabled them to obtain a first triumph in four, while it also yielded first goals for end-of-window arrivals Ryan Mason and Marcus Henriksen, affording the play-off winners a timely jolt after sliding from third to 12th.

They still have several players sidelined, yet the majority of those are long-term absentees that they are becoming accustomed to coping without like Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson and Alex Bruce.


Match Odds

Liverpool are unsurprisingly adjudged favourites after defeating Leicester, Chelsea and Derby consecutively and scoring nine goals in the process, with the most dominant success coming 4-1 against the title holders in their sole Anfield encounter of the campaign so far.

However, there are a number of reasons to believe that something could go wrong. The Reds dropped points when hosting five of the bottom seven last term and Hull have earned a point from two of their four visits in the past eight years. They shut them out twice in 2014/15 despite going down.

Completing the unexpectedly compelling case for the 1.261/4 lay is the fact that Hull are unbeaten in five away contests since the start of May, prevailing in four of those.


To Score

Though they have opened the campaign excellently, Liverpool haven't kept a single Premier League clean sheet, while they have conceded nine times in nine home matches since the start of April.

If Hull are to score, there's no question who the value candidate is, with Robert Snodgrass somehow available to back at enormous odds of 8.07/1 despite firing seven times already in 2016/17: three for Scotland and four for his club, including two in two since the international break.


Recommended Bet:

Back Snodgrass to score @ 8.07/1


And what do Opta say?

Sadio Mane has scored seven goals in his last five Premier League home games - he is 2.3211/8 to net against Hull.


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