Arsenal vs Hull
Competition: Premier League
Date: 11 February 2017
Kick-off: 13:30 CET
Arsenal will be more than wary of a Hull side that have done a little bit of giant killing in the last few games. Arsenal are in need of a win themselves, and while Hull would be the perfect opponent to target, they need to be careful.
Hull may have been kicked out of the EFL Cup recently by Manchester United, but they did manage to win one of the legs in that competition, they then went on to draw with the same opponent in the Premier League. From there, it was an expectant tough game against Liverpool up next, but the Tigers, hitting a bit of a purple patch, went on the defeat a hapless Liverpool 2-0 and move to the top of the bottom three. Arsenal will be a difficult prospect at the Emirates, but Hull will never have had such confidence in the season and could well cause a frustration or an upset.
There are a few team in the top six that are slowly writing themselves out of the top echelons of the competitions, and of course the title race in total. One of them is Liverpool, but Arsenal are also flirting with some poor results. Their last two games ended in losses, and both of those losses were not great – for different reasons. First it was against Watford 2-1, who are not a real threat to good teams, and then it was a real hammering they suffered, 3-1, against Chelsea. Arsenal would usually think Hull is a simple game that would let them score plenty goals, but this one is a game now that they would happily take a 1-0 win.
Arsenal vs Hull: Head-to-Head Stats
Hull can hold on to the one and only win they have over Arsenal in the Premier League in their nine meetings with Arsenal, but other than that, it does not look good. There has also been a draw, but Arsenal have won all other seven games. When they met earlier in the season The Gunners had a big 4-1 win.
Arsenal vs Hull: Prediction
A wary Arsenal will not be an exciting Arsenal to watch, but they will be a determined team and they will be hungry for the win. And although Hull have blunted some big teams, they really do not have the same quality as an Arsenal side and if the Gunners focus, they will win this game even if it is just a single goal.
Arsenal vs Hull: Tips
This game on paper should be another big scorer, but don’t bet on it, Hull will try and frustrate, and Arsenal will be conservative. Bet on there being less than 2.5 goals in the game.