Burnley v Hull - Saturday 15:00
Burnley were outclassed by Chelsea and struggled to get the ball forward quickly enough, but games against title contenders are not good indicators for judging how Burnley will do this season. Instead it will be matches like this one against Hull that determine their fate, and their head to head record against this week’s opponents is fantastic. In their last 12 meetings, Burnley have won 10 times and there hasn’t been a draw between these two teams in their last 16 matches.
Additionally, at least one team has failed to score in nine of their last 10 meetings and with Burnley’s fantastic defensive record (they’ve conceded just four goals in their last 15 home matches) we’re backing Burnley to win to nil at 3.7.
Hull were defiant in their defending against Man Utd, especially the imperious Curtis Davies, but nonetheless will have been delighted to rack up two wins from three. Mike Phelan has worked wonders with a limited squad in both size and quality and is further boosted by the return of Robert Snodgrass, who has been outstanding for the Tigers so far this season. The signing of strikers Dieumerci Mbokani and Will Keane could be crucial for their survival prospects, with the team overly reliant upon Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomande for goals at the moment.
Burnley will have Andre Gray available after the striker requested a personal hearing over his misconduct charge, and the speedy forward should help Burnley to pin back Hull’s defence and create space between the lines. The Clarets could have a new look midfield this week with Steven Defour lining up alongside record signing Jeff Hendrick, and the added quality should make it easier for them to move the ball forward more quickly.