Free tips Premier League: Arsenal v Hull City Match Preview and Betting Tips (12.30pm, Saturday)
Arsenal v Hull City Predictions
Draw 5/1 – Paddy Power, MarathonBet
Under 2.5 goals 17/11 – BetBright
Arsenal welcome Hull City to the Emirates stadium in an intriguing encounter with both sides on very different runs of form despite their respective league positions.
The Gunners are wobbling with two consecutive defeats while Hull are buoyant under new boss Marco Silva. We take you through our predictions and betting tips for Saturday’s early Premier League kick off.
Arsenal v Hull City Past Meetings
These two sides have clashed fourteen times since the Tigers promotion to the top flight back nine years ago and despite a memorable 2-1 win at the Emirates in their first encounter back in September 2008, Hull have failed to win any of the matches since.
That run includes eleven defeats, the standout fixture being the FA Cup final between the two in 2014, which despite scoring twice in the opening eight minutes, Hull could not hold out and eventually went down 3-2 in extra time.
However, the two draws have come in their last three visits to North London – a stalemate in last year’s FA Cup clash and a 2-2 draw in the last league meeting back in October 2014.
Arsenal v Hull City Stats
Arsene Wenger’s side have lost back-to-back matches for the second time this season to leave their title hopes in tatters and their place in the top four in danger, while Marco Silva has won seven points from four Premier League games in charge, with Hull previously collecting only thirteen in their opening twenty games.
Arsenal v Hull City Team News
Hull will have a fully fit first-team squad to chose from as things stand with no injury worries or suspensions.
Santi Cazorla remains absent for the North London side through injury while Mohamed Elneny remains at the African Cup of Nations with Egypt and Granit Xhaka is still suspended.
Reason for Arsenal v Hull City Betting Tips
The appointment of Silva has changed Hull from a side who looked doomed, with just one victory in 18 league outings to a side who are sturdy and tough to play against. Successive clean sheets against Manchester United and Liverpool showed a new-found resilience which is all the more remarkable considering the mid-season rebuilding job due to a player turnaround. Now Hull have momentum and belief, and this could be enough to halt Arsenal from rediscovering their winning touch. The Portuguese boss has managed once before at the Emirates stadium – a memorable 3-2 win with Olympiakos in last season’s Champions League.
The Gunners last home match – against Watford – was arguably their worst performance of the campaign and their limp defeat at Chelsea four days later showed no immediate sign of improvement. The mood at the club has once again turned poisonous with many fans now openly criticising their manager and questioning his position at the club.
A similar performance that saw Hull beat United in the League Cup, draw at Old Trafford in the league, defeat Liverpool and unfortunately lose at Stamford Bridge, should be enough to see them frustrate Arsenal in a low-scoring draw here, with both bets offering great value considering recent form and lack of goals.