PREVIEW: Arsenal v Hull (BBC1)
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he final FA Cup game of the day is an action replay of last year’s final between Arsenal and Hull which provided plenty of drama and an eventual win for Arsenal.
They were 2-0 down though inside just eight minutes but battled back with goals in both halves and eventually getting the winner through Aaron Ramsey in injury time.
Whether Hull are capable, or have the inclination, for another cup run is debatable. Steve Bruce is sure to have his focus on the league and Hull are currently sat perilously third from the bottom.
Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Southampton on New Year’s Day but have generally been stringing some better results together recently and are currently sixth in the Premier League.
For Arsenal, Theo Walcott is expected to start while goalkeeper David Ospina is set to replace Wojciech Szczesny.
Wenger may also give chance at some point to Mesut Ozil who is close to full fitness again after injury.
Steve Bruce has a few more problems on his hands although Tom Huddlestone and Stephen Quinn are back after suspension.
The Hull boss will be without Andrew Robertson, Liam Rosenior and Gaston Ramirez after suffering injuries against Everton.
The same fixture in the Premier League produced a 2-2 draw in October.
Arsenal v Hull City
5.30pm LIVE BBC1
HEAD TO HEAD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Oct 2014 Premier Arsenal 2-2 Hull
May 2014 FA Cup Arsenal 3-2 Hull
Apr 2014 Premier Hull 0-3 Arsenal
Dec 2013 Premier Arsenal 2-0 Hull
Mar 2010 Premier Hull 1-2 Arsenal
Dec 2009 Premier Arsenal 3-0 Hull
Mar 2009 FA Cup Arsenal 2-1 Hull
Jan 2009 Premier Hull 1-3 Arsenal
Sep 2008 Premier Arsenal 1-2 Hull
Oct 1988 League Cup Arsenal 3-0 Hull
Arsenal look a little short for me and even on the HT/FT market ARSENAL / ARSENAL at a shade of odds-on doesn’t tempt me.
The fixture usually provides plenty of goals, so 4/6 on the ‘over 2.5’ market looks a solid enough option and I’m having a decent bet on.