Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
Arsenal V Hull City – Saturday 17th May. 5PM. ITV 1
It’s one of the biggest events in the football calendar and Wembley will be packed for Saturday’s showpiece event. It’s FA Cup final weekend!
This year’s event sees Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal take on Steve Bruce’s Hull City as the Gunners look to finally win a trophy after nine years of waiting.
The north Londoners enter the final as overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy, but Arsenal have lost finals to inferior opposition in the past and must be careful to avoid a similar fate this time.
It should be a thrilling final.
Arsenal Are Hot Favourites For The Cup
Nine years is far too long for a club of Arsenal’s stature to go without winning a trophy and they simply have to win this final. A run of five straight wins shows that the Gunners are in high spirits and this win would cap a fantastic few weeks, in which they additionally secured Champions League football for a 17th straight season.
Since stumbling past the challenge of Wigan in the semi-final, the Gunners have won five games on the spin – scoring 12 and conceding just one in that period.
Additionally, the recent returns of several injured stars such as Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski means that Wenger’s men should be confident at Wembley.
The big Wembley pitch should suit Arsenal and if the Gunners can fire on all cylinders then they should win this showpiece final at ease. Wenger’s men have already beaten Hull twice this season, including a recent 3-0 win at the KC Stadium – they should be able to tame the Tigers again here.
Just 90 minutes separate the Gunners and a first trophy of the Emirates Stadium era, expect a strong performance at Wembley.
Can Tigers Roar At Wembley
Hull may be overwhelming underdogs, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be giving up hopes of a first ever FA Cup triumph.
It may have only been against League One Sheffield United, but the Tigers roared to a 5-3 win in the semi-final and Steve Bruce will be hoping that his strikers will be on form again here. With January signings Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long both cup-tied, it will be down to the likes of Matty Fryatt to lead the line against Arsenal.
Hull’s Premier League form has suffered since the semi-final victory, but Bruce will be convinced it won’t impact his side’s chances ahead of this one. The Tigers may face a superior opposition, but should they keep Arsenal quiet for the first half-hour then fear could creep in for the vulnerable Gunners.
It has been an incredibly successful season for the Tigers, a cup triumph at Wembley would be the icing on the cake.
Arsenal V Hull City Betting
According to the bookmakers, Arsenal should win with relative ease and are 4/9 with Bet365 to win in 90 minutes. Hull City can be backed at 6/1 to cause and upset. If you think the final will go to extra-time, then the draw is available at 10/3.
The Gunners will be confident heading in to this final and their recent form suggests that they could be close to playing at their best.
Meanwhile, Hull are in awful form and may have to settle for just enjoying their special day without the fairytale ending. Without Long and Jelavic to lead the line, it is hard to see how they are going to relieve the pressure and that should be a telling aspect of this final.
Arsenal to win to nil is 13/10 with BetVictor
Many Arsenal fans will believe that, had it not been for Aaron Ramsey’s injury, the Gunners would have competed for more than just one trophy.
The Welshman has scored 10 goals in just 20 Premier League starts, including two in his last three. The 23-year-old has matured into a top-class player and this is the perfect platform to further enhance his reputation.
Aaron Ramsey to score anytime is 23/10 with Paddy Power