Arsenal have been woeful on recent road trips and shouldn’t be an odds-on shot to win at the KC Stadium
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These teams will contest the FA Cup final next month following Arsenal’s penalty shoot-out victory against Wigan Athletic which was followed by Hull’s exciting 5-3 triumph against a plucky Sheffield United side.
Indeed, Steve Bruce deserves plenty of credit for reinventing himself as a football manager following a sorry end at Sunderland and the Geordie might take a degree of satisfaction from the way that the Black Cats have largely toiled since he left the Stadium of Light.
Hull aren’t completely safe from the prospect of relegation, with the Tigers having accrued 36 points from 33 games played, especially as Fulham’s mini-revival has made things relatively tight near the bottom of the division.
However, this match represents a chance for City to be virtually home and dry, with odds of 4/1 with Paddy Power way too big considering that the Gunners only just scraped past Wigan in the FA Cup and certainly look a poor imitation of the side that opened the season with so many victories.
Bruce’s men were able to beat Sheffield United without the services of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, although the pair will return to try and make it a three-point haul before Hull take to the road to play Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
It should be noted that City have won three of their past four games on home soil, with Arsenal arriving off the back of a 3-1 home win against West Ham, although Arsene Wenger’s side had previously failed to win any of their previous five matches in ninety minutes.
Therefore, odds of 4/5 simply don’t stack up about the visitors claiming the points against a side who have won seven Premier League matches at home this term, even if Laurent Koscielny is back to partner Per Mertesacker at the back.
Aaron Ramsey should be fit enough to start the game, with Lukas Podolski the scorer of two goals against the Hammers and the German is a 13/2 chance to score the first of this game, although it’s possible that Hull can snuff out their opponents.
The Tigers are a 13/1 chance to grind out a 1-0 win and they are likely to be a great deal more stubborn from a defensive point-of-view than they were at Wembley.
Hull on Draw No Bet @ 13/5 with BetVictor
Hull City 1 Arsenal 0 @ 13/1 with BetVictor