Arsenal seek further FA glory as they meet familiar rivals Hull City in the fifth round of the competition on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners are coming on the back of an inspiring 2-1 win over league leaders Leicester City in the weekend’s Premier League action. Arsenal are currently third in the league table on same points as second placed city rival Tottenham Hotspurs.
Hull City are currently top of the Championship Table with 60 points from 31 matches and they look good in the bid to win an immediate promotion back to the Premier League after getting relegated last season.
Form Guide : Arsenal
Arsenal have comfortably overcame Sunderland and Burnley in previous rounds of the competition to qualify for the fifth round. They are unbeaten in the last 4 matches in all competitions and has managed back to back wins to challenge the likes of Tottenham and Leicester City at the top of the Premier League.
While playing at Emirates, Arsenal have only lost three out of 18 matches this season, two of them coming in the league against West Ham and Chelsea and one in Champions League group stage against Olympiakos.
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Form Guide: Hull City
Steve Bruce managed side are coming on the back of good form in Championship even thought they drew with Brighton on Tuesday night. Hull City have lost just one of their last nine matches in all competitions, winning seven. But their away form is a worry, as they have only managed 4 wins from the last 8 matches in all competitions, losing four.
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Team News: Arsenal
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is sweating on the fitness of defensive duo Laurent Koscienly and Gabriel Paulista. And it is unlikely he take a risk with the crucial Champions League clash against Barcelona is only a few days away. Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are out with injuries, while Kieran Gibbs is a doubt.
Wenger could hand Colombian goal keeper David Ospina a rare start ahead of Petr Cech. While, Mathieu Flamini and Mohamed Elneny is expected to start at the center of the midfield with Calum Chambers slotting in at the center back. Danny Welbeck, who scored the winner against Leicester City on his return from a long injury could be in line to start alongside Joel Campbell, replacing Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Giroud.
Arsenal Predicted line-up vs Hull City (4-2-3-1)
Ospina – Monreal, Mertesacker, Chambers, Bellerin – Flamini, Elneny – Campbell, Chamberlain, Walcott – Welbeck.
Team News : Hull City
On-loan players Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden are ineligebile to feature against their parent club and the pair will have to watch from the sidelines. Adam Diomande remains the only injured player for Hull City in their trip to Arsenal and Steve Bruce could name the same starters he used on Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Brighton.
Hull City Predicted line-up vs Arsenal (4-4-1-1)
McGregor- Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Robertson – Snodgrass, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas – Diame, Hernandez
Arsenal vs Hull City: Head to Head
Hull City have failed to win against Arsenal in their last six trips to London, lost 5 and draw one. Arsenal can boast of an overall strong record against the Tigers, as they are victorious in 8 of their last 10 matches against Hull in all competitions.
Arsenal vs Hull City: Prediction
Wenger will be resting a number of first team players for this clash and Hull City are expected to make things difficult for Arsenal. Both teams are coming on back of some good results and this could prove to be an entertaining clash.
But the gulf in individual quality between the squads is wide, and we can predict Arsenal to edge this by 2 goals to 1.