So the key question is can Hull beat Manchester United to give themselves hope? A look at the form guide would suggest not. They have won only two of their last ten games, with two draws and six defeats. Not the ideal preparation for a winner-takes-all, do or die battle. The only silver lining is that their opponents Man United are hardly in the greatest shape either. They won five games in a row from March to April, but since then have faltered: they’ve won only one of their last five, with back-to-back defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Brom. Two of those losses were away games too….so Hull shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet. Their preparations have been hampered by the suspension of midfielder Jake Livermore due to alleged cocaine use, but sometimes that can have a galvanising effect on the rest of the squad. If they can’t get motivated for a game of this magnitude then they shouldn’t be professional footballers in the first place. If omens are your thing, then you’ll like to know that Man United have won all seven of their past Premier League meetings with Hull. On the other hand, with the Red Devils having nothing to play for Louis van Gaal may take the opportunity to hand Premier League debuts to some of his young squad, such as the promising centre half Tom Thorpe. That could play into Hull’s hands. Hull are priced from 11/5 to pull off an unlikely upset, with Man United 5/4. The draw can be backed at 23/10.