Hull City vs Arsenal Preview
Arsenal travel to KC Stadium to face Hull City in an important premier league game. Arsenal’s top four finish is on their own hands now but they should be aware that any slip-up at this point of the season may encourage Everton in the race for Champions league qualification.
Hull City have 36 points in the league and a win today will almost confirm their participation in the premier league next season. This game is a nice rehearsal for the FA cup final next month.
Team And Injury News (Hull City vs Arsenal)
For Hull City, Both the strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic return to the side after sitting out of the FA cup semi-final against Sheffield United.
Good news for the gunners as Mesut Ozil is fit again and may feature in bench for today’s game. Aaron Ramsey will mostly partner with Arteta in the middle. Gibbs is still unavailable while Monreal is a doubt too. In that case, Vermaelen will start as the left-back. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are the long-term absentees.
Tactics (Hull City vs Arsenal)
Both the teams will play for their strengths. Arsenal will look to dominate the game from the word go by controlling possession in the middle of the park. With Ramsey back in the squad, Giroud’s hold-up play will be more effective as the Welsh star is known for his regular box-to-box runs to support the attack.
On the other hand, Hull City are expected to sit back, observe the pressure and hit the gunners on counter. They will also try to press Arsenal in the middle to stop their passing rhythm.
Predicted Lineup (Hull City vs Arsenal)
Hull City: Harper; Rosenior, Figueroa, Chester, Davies; Livermore, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone; Jelavic, Long
Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Ramsey, Cazorla, Arteta, Rosicky, Podolski; Giroud
Match Facts (Hull City vs Arsenal)
- Hull City have lost nine of their last 10 games against Arsenal in all competitions (W1).
- Nicklas Bendtner has scored in three of his four Barclays Premier League appearances against Hull City.
- Arsenal have conceded 15 goals in their last five Premier League away games.
- The Gunners have scored a total of one goal in their last four Premier League away games.
- All of Hull’s league goals since February have come between the 30th and 50th minutes.
- The Tigers have conceded only five first half goals in their last 13 Premier League outings.
Match facts courtesy: EuroSport
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