Arsenal v Hull Betting Predictions | Premier League BettingPublished February 7, 2017
Arsenal, having lost to Watford at home and Chelsea away and Hull, who drew at Manchester United and beat Liverpool, come into this game in contrasting form, but not the way the bookies would suggest.
It has been said before, but Marco Silva’s impact at the KCOM Stadium means Hull now have genuine hope of surviving, while Arsenal have gone from title contenders to once again worrying about Champions League qualification for next season.
Two clean sheets for the Tigers against two sides at the top of the league inside a week suggests they will have no trouble setting out for another at the Emirates Stadium. Against Liverpool, their organisation frustrated and they weren’t lucky. The Reds had a lot of possession, but carved out very few genuine chances. Hull had two or three and took them, something they didn’t do at Old Trafford.
Michael Dawson may miss out after pulling up in the warm up against Liverpool, but Harry Maguire, who earned great credit for his performance in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and Andrea Rannochia, are more than capable of keeping the Arsenal front line quiet. Alfried N’Diaye and Tom Huddlestone will sit in front of the back four, blocking the spaces for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to hurt them. Hull will undoubtedly have chances, too, with Granit Xhaka missing through suspension. Mohamed Elneny’s return could be vital, because Evandro and Kamil Grosicki, in particular, mean they carry a threat going forward.
The transfer business done by Silva in January has been hugely impressive. Arsenal will need to utilise the wider areas better than Liverpool did. Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane both found the door shut then they cut inside on Saturday, so moving Alex Iwobi out wide and looking for Theo Walcott will give them a better opportunity for victory.
Arsenal will win this late, if they don’t disrespect Hull. Liverpool’s wave of pressure didn’t last long enough, and few teams are as potent as the Gunners on their day. With the home fans likely to be hostile after more poor results, Hull’s gameplan is already written for them. The longer the game goes on without a breakthrough, the greater their confidence will grow. The hosts must be wary of previous games at home to Middlesbrough and Burnley when preparing for this one.