Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
Hull City V AS Trencin – Thursday 7th August. 7:30PM.
Following a 0-0 draw in last week’s trip to Slovakia, a packed KC Stadium awaits with baited breath as Steve Bruce’s Tigers prepare for their first ever European home tie.
Hull capped a perfect maiden voyage back in the Premier League by reaching their first ever FA Cup final and that achievement saw them qualify for what is their inaugural European adventure.
Can they get off to the perfect start by qualifying for the next round?
Tigers Set To Roar
A missed Tom Huddlestone penalty in Trencin prevented the Tigers from getting life in Europe off to a win but a 0-0 draw still signals a relatively decent result and the Premier League side will remain firm favourites to advance.
Despite not scoring in last week’s first-leg the hosts will be fully expected to find the target in front of a sell-out crowd. The likes of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are extremely gifted strikers, whilst the summer additions of Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass are sure to bolster Bruce’s attacking options.
The main threat to the Premier League side is the possibility of a Trencin goal. If the visitors score then the away goals rule could come into play so the Tigers must look to hurt their opponents by establishing a two-goal lead in order to kill the tie.
However, Bruce’s men are a well drilled defensive unit and may only need the one goal to score. Nevertheless, the adrenaline of a first ever European home match should spur the Tigers on and we’re backing them to roar on to the play-off stage.
Match Fitness Could Be Trencin’s Trump Card
Although the technical advantage is clearly with the hosts, the Slovakians won’t be giving up just yet and Ivan Vrabec’s men will be hopeful of causing an upset.
As previously mentioned an away goal could swing this crucial fixture into their favour and finding the net will be a priority for the visitors. Additionally, the fact they enter the contest in full fitness could play a massive part – especially if the match goes to extra-time.
Whilst Bruce’s men are still in the process of working their way to peak fitness ahead of the new campaign, Trencin are already three matches into their domestic campaign. The visitors also had to play in the previous round of this competition, taking their overall tally up to six competitive matches.
Additionally, the fact Trencin have won all three domestic matches means that they will travel to England with a real boost in confidence. However, it is worth noting that they did lose the away leg in the Europa League clash with Vojvodina via a 3-0 scoreline.
Trencin are massive underdogs, but Hull best be careful.
Hull City V AS Trencin Betting
Bookmaker Bet365 make Hull City the overwhelming favourites at 3/10, whilst the visitors can be backed at 9/1. The draw is priced 4/1.
We believe that the Premier League side will celebrate their historic night with a victory. Bruce’s men will be highly motivated for this one and we should see a fast start from the hosts.
With this in mind, there is one bet which really stands out.
HT/FT: Hull City/Hull City @ Evens with Paddy Power
The bumper crowd, along with the importance of this night, should ensure that the Tigers perform to the highest standard throughout and if they can open up a two-goal lead then Trencin heads may drop.
If that does happen, we could be in for a cricket score.
Hull City to score over 3.5 goals is 7/2 with Bet365