Arsenal vs Hull City Preview, Team News, Line-Up, Betting Tips & Predicted Score
Arsenal take on Hull at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a preview with team news, likely line-up, betting tips and predicted score for the game
Arsenal will look to book their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup when they take on Hull City at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
We got our Premier League title challenge back on track with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Leicester City last Sunday but it’s time to turn our attentions to FA Cup matters tomorrow.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the players will have one eye on Tuesday night’s huge Champions League clash with Barcelona but Arsene Wenger insists his focus will be on ensuring we ease into the last eight of the cup.
Hull are familiar opposition as we’ve played them in the competition in each of the last two years, including beating them in the 2014 final, so we should know them well by now.
Steve Bruce’s side are flying high in the Championship but he’s confirmed he’ll make plenty of changes tomorrow as his priority is securing promotion to the top flight.
Wenger has claimed he’ll field a strong side but I still think we’ll see plenty of key men rested ahead of the Barcelona game.
David Ospina is a confirmed starter so Petr Cech will get a breather while Kieran Gibbs should also start at left-back ahead of Nacho Monreal.
Laurent Koscielny will face a late fitness test on a dead leg that he suffered last weekend but I don’t think we’ll risk the Frenchman so with Gabriel ruled out with a hamstring injury, I think Calum Chambers may start alongside Per Mertesacker.
Mohamed Elneny is set to make only his second start following his January move from Basel while the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott are also pushing for starts.
Wenger has hinted that he may start Danny Welbeck after he scored the winner against Leicester after making his first appearance in over 10 months.
As for Hull, on-loan Arsenal duo Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden will be ineligible to play for the visitors but Nick Powell, who is on loan from Manchester United, is set to make his debut.
Arsenal 2-0 Hull: We stumbled over the line against Leicester but that win should have given the squad a major boost and I hope to see us play with more fluidity tomorrow. Despite a much-changed team, we’re still able to field a side full of quality and I think we’ll ease to a 2-0 win.
Arsenal are the 8/15 favourites to win the game but Football-Talk can get you enhanced odds of 4/1 on a home win – just click here to take advantage of these crazy odds. My prediction of 2-0 is on offer at 6/1 while I also like the look of Theo Walcott to open the scoring at 11/2. If you combined those two bets in a score-cast then we get very tempting odds of 22/1.
What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?
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