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FA Cup: Hull City vs Arsenal preview

Kick-off: Tuesday, 8 March @19:00 GMT

Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium (Hull)

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

Head to head record

Arsenal vs Hull 0-0 (2015/2016 FA Cup)
Hull vs Arsenal 1-3 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Hull 2-0 (2014/205 FA Cup)
Arsenal vs Hull 2-2 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Hull 3-2 (2013/2014 FA Cup)

Hull vs Arsenal prediction

Hull City and Arsenal take on each other at Kingston Communications Stadium in the FA Cup replay. The Gunners failed to beat the Tigers at Emirates Stadium, but they are still regarded as favourites to make it to the next round.

Tigers firing blanks

Hull City did remarkably well to play out a goalless draw with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the FA Cup round 5 and, as a result, they will host the Premier League side in the replay on Tuesday evening. The Tigers have been impressive at the back this season, but it has to be noted that they have been firing on all cylinders of late. Steve Bruce’s troops suffered a 1-0 loss to Birmingham City on Thursday evening, with the team dropping to third position in the Championship standings. The team’s main goal remains unchanged and they will give their best to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League. Hull City face an uphill task in Tuesday’s clash against Arsenal and no doubt the hosts will rely on their rock-solid defence in the FA Cup replay. The Tigers managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six home fixtures in all competitions, but preventing the Gunners from scoring for the second time in a row is easier said than done. A man to watch in the home side will be Uruguayan attacker Abel Hernandez, who was rested in the first leg.

Steve Bruce has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Arsenal and he is unlikely to make too many changes to the team that faced Arsene Wenger’s troops in the first leg. Bruce should stick to the 4-4-1-1 formation.

Arsenal to take replay seriously

Arsenal, on the other hand, are on a five-match winless run in all competitions ahead of the trip to Hull. The Gunners are unlikely to win the Premier League trophy and seeing that they are on the verge of suffering elimination in the Champions League last 16, there is every chance the capital club will take Tuesday’s FA Cup clash very seriously. Arsene Wenger rested his key players in the Emirates Stadium clash, but I am positive that he is going to field the best possible side against Hull City this time out. Alexis Sanchez helped ten-man Arsenal pick up one point from Saturday’s North London derby against Tottenham and he will be the man to watch in the away team in Tuesday’s FA Cup game. The Gunners are eager to defend the trophy they won last season and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Tigers. Olivier Giroud should lead the line for the visitors this time out.

Petr Cech, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are all out of contention with injury, while Francis Coquelin misses the match through suspension. Danny Welbeck should drop to the bench.

Quick Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals were score in Hull City’s last seven matches
  • Tigers recorded their last win over Arsenal back in 2008
  • Arsenal are on a five-game winless run at the moment
  • Gunners suffered their last defeat in the FA Cup on 16 February, 2013
  • Arsene Wenger’s team are after their 13th FA Cup trophy

Hull vs Arsenal betting tip

As I have already mentioned, Arsene Wenger rested his key players in the Emirates Stadium clash, but taking into account the French tactician is going to count on his big guns for the replay, I believe that there is a big value in betting on the Premier League side this time out. Hull City are fully focused on securing automatic promotion to the English top flight, meaning that they will not be too disappointed should they happen to suffer elimination in the FA Cup round 5.

Tip: Arsenal to win

Odds: 1.80  (4/5) @bet365

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