Hull City v Arsenal: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to Sunday's fixture at the KC Stadium
Saturday 19 April 2014
Arsenal were four points clear at the top of the Premier League when they last met the Tigers. Four months on and the Gunners are ten points behind leaders Liverpool and barely standing in fourth chased by the other Merseyside team, Everton.
Hull and Arsenal are destined to decide the winner of the 2014 FA Cup final, but they will test the waters in a Premier League encounter before the Wembley showdown. And while the prospect of ending the infamous trophy drought are alluring, Arsene Wenger's team needs to concentrate on the remaining league games if they are to step into the final with cool heads.
The Tigers are riding the waves of their FA Cup semi-final success and will face Arsenal inspired after reaching their first final in the competition. Cup-tied Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic could return to play in the first of four decisive fixtures. Steve Bruce's side are six points from the relegation zone facing tough games against Fulham, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Everton, so a result on Sunday would be essential.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 2.05pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS: Arsenal 2 (Ozil, Bendtner) 0 Hull, Premier League, December 2013
Hull 1 (Bullard pen) 2 Arsenal (Arshavin, Bendtner), Premier League, March 2010
Arsenal 3 (Denilson, Eduardo, Diaby) 0 Hull, Premier League, December 2009
If Hull are to win on Sunday, that would be their first home victory over Arsenal in almost a century. The Tigers won 1-0 in April 1915.
Arsenal have scored two or more goals in each encounter after that 1915 loss.
Hull managed just seven home wins this season, but haven't lost a home fixture in a month.
Hull win: 5.1
TV: Sky Sports 1
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