Fulham vs Hull City
FA Cup – Fourth Round
Date: Sunday, 29 January 2017
Kick-off at 12:30 UK/ 13:30 CET
Venue: Craven Cottage, London.
Fulham are genuine contenders for a play-off spot for promotion in the Championship this season. One of the highlights of their performance this season is their ability to pick points at regular intervals. They do not win a fair share of their matches, but are effective in picking up draws under difficult conditions. There have been only two defeats in their last 10 matches in all competitions, both came against strong teams like Brighton and Reading. At home, they have avoided defeats in 7 of their last 8 matches in all competitions.
Hull are fighting relegation on the Premier League this season and they are 19th in the league table. They had lost 14 of their 22 matches so far with 16 points coming from 4 wins and 4 draws. However, they have shown some signs of improvements under the new management of Marco Silva. He guided the Tigers to 3 wins from 5 matches, all of which came at the home ground.
The 2-1 win in the League Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Wednesday will certainly boost their morale. And Marco Silva will be banking on the team spirit to end his team’s 8 match losing streak on the road when they take on Fulham.
The Cottagers defeated fellow Championship outfit Cardiff City 2-1 in the previous round of the FA Cup. Meanwhile, two late goals saw Hull City surpass Premier League side Swansea City to book their place in the fourth round.
Fulham vs Hull City: Head-to-head stats
Hull City are unbeaten in the last 5 meetings against Fulham in all competitions, with 4 wins and 1 draw. The most recent meetings was in the last season’s Championship in which Hull did a double by beating Fulham 2-1 at home and 1-0 at Craven Cottage.
In the last four matches played between the two at Craven Cottage, Fulham managed to win just once, while Hull won twice along with a draw.
Fulham vs Hull City: Prediction
It is fair enough to say that both teams will cancel themselves out in terms of playing form. The only thing that gives the Premier League side a slight edge is their h2h record over Fulham in recent seasons.
Having said so, Hull’s away form is terrible as they are coming on the back of 7 consecutive away losses. Meanwhile, their three wins in all competitions away from home this season has all come in cup matches.
Therefore, it is worth backing Hull to avoid a defeat here, also considering the fact that Fulham are a sort of draw specialists.
Fulham vs Hull City: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Hull at 1.75 (3/4).