Hull City Betting
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Hull City Association Football Club are based in Kingston upon Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Founded in 1904, the highest position Hull City finished in the English Football League was third in the old Second Division in 1909-10. The club play their home games at the Kingston Communications (KC) Stadium in Hull. Hull reached the Second Division in 1985, defying the odds with a five-year stay. They were finally relegated in 1991, finishing 14th in the Third Division in the 1991-92 season. In their first season in the revamped Football League, Hull came close to relegation.
They finished in mid-table for the next two seasons, but any progress was held back by financial problems, as key players needed to be sold. A poor 1995-96 season condemned the “Tigers” to the lowest tier of the League. A 17th place finish in the following season indicated that relegation from the Football League was becoming a real possibility. Former Leeds United director, Adam Pearson, took over as chairman prior to the 2000-01 season, relieving the club’s financial worries. They qualified for the League Two playoffs that season, but lost in the semi-finals.
Relocation to the new KC Stadium sparked a revival in Hull’s fortunes. Runners-up in League Two in 2003-04 and the same position in League One in 2004-05, Hull gained promotion to the Championship. The 2005-06 season saw them finish in 18th place, but well clear of relegation, their best League finish for 16 years. In 2007-08, Hull finished third in the Championship, qualifying for the playoffs. They walloped Watford 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-final, going on to beat Bristol City 1-0 in the Wembley final, with Hull stalwart Dean Windass scoring the winner. The success gained Hull promotion to the Premier League, their only visit to the top flight in over 100 years. Their ascent from the lowest tier to the highest, in five seasons, was the third fastest ever.
Opportunities to Bet on Hull City
Hull City and the Premiership
Given that 2008-09 is Hull’s inaugural season in the Premier League, bookmakers offering Hull odds of 7500/1 seemed to have it about right, as they did betting on Hull at 1/3 to be relegated. However, with 7 points from 4 games, Hull may surprise some pundits, and a bet on Hull for Premiership survival looks a sporting wager.
Betting on Hull City Premiership Matches
The Tigers made a promising start to their first Premiership season, kicking off their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Fulham and an away 1-1 draw with Blackburn. However, following an early Carling Cup exit, they were thumped 5-0 at home by Wigan. They demonstrated resilience though, with a subsequent 2-1 away win at Newcastle. Hull may be underrated by the layers at present, so Hull betting odds may be a shade longer than merited on form. A bet on Hull may provide value for those wishing to take a gamble that their good start is not a fluke.
Domestic Cup Competitions
The club’s greatest achievement in cup competitions was in 1930, when they reached the FA Cup semi-final. Hull knocking out the eventual Champions of the Second and Third Division, Blackpool and Plymouth Argyle respectively. They then conquered Manchester City, to meet Newcastle United in the quarter-finals. The first encounter at St James’ Park finished as a 1-1 draw, but in the replay Hull beat Newcastle 1-0. The semi-final match against Arsenal took place at Elland Road, Leeds, the game ending 2-2. In the replay Arsenal beat Hull 1-0.
More recently, Hull have enjoyed a little success in the FA Cup, losing 3-2 to Plymouth in the third round (2007-08), taking Middlesbrough to a third round reply in 2006-07, and losing to Aston Villa and Colchester at the same stage in the previous two seasons. However, they also failed at the first time of asking, against Cheltenham Town in 2003-04. Even though as a Premiership outfit, The Tigers will not enter the competition until the third round, they make no appeal as prospective FA Cup winners. The bookmakers offering Hull odds in the region of 150/1 seem less than generous, as these Hull betting odds could safely be doubled, with little fear.
Hull’s best Carling Cup run in recent seasons came in the 2007-08 season, losing 4-0 to Chelsea in the fourth round. The remainder of their form in the competition has been mixed, losing a third round tie to Watford in 2006-07, but falling at the first hurdle in the three previous seasons, to Blackpool, (now non-league) Wrexham and Wigan. In 2008-09, Hull repeated this feat, losing 2-1 at Championship Swansea, so betting on Hull is irrelevant.