Hull City have a pending task against Arsenal and this Saturday it might be a great day to even things out as they meet for the FA Cup fifth round, at the Emirates Stadium in London, at 12:45.
Arsenal beat Hull City in the 2014 FA Cup final in a thriller match, taking away the chance for the Tigers to make history. Two years later they will meet in an early round. Arsenal are listed 1.53 to win and advance in this tournament while Hull City are 6.0 to have an upset; the draw is at 4.0.
Hull City got to this point by beating Brighton (1-0) and Bury (1-3) in previous rounds. They lead the England Championship standings with 60 points after 31 games; they won’t be an easy target for the Gunners.
“There’s no reason why we can’t. Let’s hope we can improve and get better because I still think we’ve got a bit in the tank yet. From what I saw against Blackburn, that was much more like it”, said Hull manager Steve Bruce to the Dailymail.
“We looked fresh, fit and healthy. We looked a threat coming forward and defensively we were sound. It was a really good performance. We’re a team that’s pushing for promotion and when they’re focused on what’s in hand, we’ve produced arguably our best performance, especially away from home”, he added.
After beating Leicester last weekend with a late goal, the Gunners will have their hand full for the next few months. They will go against Hull City for the FA, and then, they need to deal with FC Barcelona in the Champions; all of it while trying to fight for the first place in the English Premier League.
“That was a big mental hurdle for the team because we were under shock at half time. We didn’t see that [the penalty to Leicester] coming, and we were eight points behind Leicester at halftime,” Arsene Wegner said to the BBC.
“Today you could see Leicester being in this position [league leaders] is no coincidence. They are quality, they defend very well, they come out quickly. But in the second half we had the right energy level, and they never came close to half way,” he added.
As Hull City, Arsenal have played two games in the FA Cup this season, beating Sunderland (3-1) and Burnley (2-1) to get to this point. The problem for the Tigers is the Gunners haven’t lost an FA Cup match since February 16, 2013; Arsenal have won the last 14 games in this tournament.
Arsenal and Hull City have met 11 times since 2008 between Premier League and FA Cup encounters. The Tigers won one of those meetings; there was one draw, and Arsenal came on top on nine occasions.
The momentum of Arsenal is too good right now. Hull City will need a perfect game to leave Emirates Stadium with a win. Bet the home team to win by two scores.