This could be something of a grudge match given Leicester manager Nigel Pearson was only recently poached from Hull.
Indeed, the Foxes have been going to strength to strength following Pearson’s appointment and moved into the top six for the first time in 18 months after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Blackpool.
Hull, meanwhile, have lost four of the last five matches in the Championship, causing the side to drop to 10th in the division. Nick Barmby’s side did acquit themselves well against the league leaders, losing only 2-1 at St Mary’s, but you don’t get points for good performances. Barmby will be extremely keen to get one over the man who left Hull for pastures new, and the Tigers can be backed at 7/4 (Victor Chandler – £75 free betting) to get the three points.
Over the years, Leicester have won six times in the league when visiting Hull, compared to 14 wins for the home side. Pearson will, of course, know what his side are up against and could pull the strings to mastermind victory at 15/8 (Stan James – £150 free bets). Unbeaten since he took the job, the 48-year-old has enough strength in his squad to cause Hull problems in all areas of the pitch.
Having said that, in Matt Fryatt Hull have a prolific striker who could well get on the score sheet on Saturday. He is priced at best odds of 6/1 (Betfred) to open the scoring, but in what could be an open game we prefer the 7/4 (bet365) for him to score anytime in the match.
Overall then this match will be all about the bragging rights. Will Hull’s present or former manager be celebrating after the game? We have to say we think it will be Nigel Pearson popping the champagne on the coach back to his new East Midlands home.