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FA Cup: Arsenal vs Hull City preview

Kick-off: Saturday, 20 February @12:45 GMT

Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Hull City vs Arsenal 1-3 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Hull City 2-0 (2014/2015 FA Cup)
Arsenal vs Hull City 2-2 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Hull City 3-2 (2013/2014 FA Cup)
Hull City vs Arsenal 0-3 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Arsenal vs Hull City prediction

Having recorded a vital 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League derby at the weekend, Arsenal will be looking to make it to the FA Cup quarter-finals with a win over Championship side Hull City when the two teams take on each other at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Wenger likely to mix the squad

Arsenal were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Leicester City in Sunday’s Premier League derby, but Danny Welbeck came as a substitute in the second half and scored the winner in the dying minutes of the match. The team’s fresh confidence will be tested in Saturday’s FA Cup game against Hull City, but given that the Gunners face Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, there is every chance Arsene Wenger will rest his men for the clash against Barca. Arsenal, though, will give their best to clinch their spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals and move one step closer to defending the trophy they won last season. Danny Welbeck is likely to start this time out and it remains to be seen if he will extend his goal-scoring run on Saturday. The capital club have eliminated the likes of Sunderland and Burnley on their way to the FA Cup last 16.

Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere remain on the sidelines with injury. The likes of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs, David Ospina and Mathieu Flamini are all likely to be recalled to the starting XI.

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Tigers have big fish to fry this time out

Hull City did well to eliminate the likes of Brighton and Bury in previous two rounds in the FA Cup, but Arsenal are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Tigers than their previous rivals. Steve Bruce’s men are sitting in top position in the Championship standings after 31 rounds and the team’s main goal is to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. Hull City played out a goalless draw with Brighton in the Championship derby in midweek and seeing that they managed to keep a clean sheet in previous two league games, there is every chance the underdogs will rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s match against Arsene Wenger’s troops. A man to watch in the away side will be Abel Hernandez, who has been scoring goals for fun this season (26/16).

Coach Steve Bruce has no fresh injury worries ahead of the Arsenal game, but he could rest some of his first-team regulars for the Championship clash against Ipswich Town.

Quick Facts

  • Arsenal are after their third consecutive win over Hull City
  • Gunners suffered only one loss in previous 14 matches at home
  • Hull City recorded four wins in previous five away matches
  • It has been eight years since Tigers recorded their last win at Emirates Stadium
  • In their last meeting in the FA Cup Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Hull

Arsenal vs Hull City betting tip

Hull City are leading the chase for automatic promotion to the Premier League and considering that Arsenal are determined to defend the FA Cup trophy, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the capital club this time out. Arsene Wenger is likely to mix the squad, but the French tactician has a number of high-profile players to choose from and, taking everything into account, the Gunners should advance to the quarter-finals.

Tip: Arsenal to win

Odds: 1.60 (3/5) @BetVictor

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