FA Cup Final: Arsenal vs Hull City

Hull City has not had to play any of the top-flight teams in their run to the FA Cup final, but can they beat one in Arsenal to win the coveted trophy? The Gunners are out of the Premier League race so their only chance to add to their trophy case is winning the FA Cup. If they can beat Hull City they will pull into a tie with Manchester City for the most FA Cup titles with 11.

Hull City looks score a big upset for the second season in a row after Wigan won the FA Cup last season shockingly beating a heavily favorite Manchester City side.

Odds makers at Bet365 have Arsenal as the big FA Cup betting favorite posted at -225 with Hill City posted at +600 and a draw line at +333.

Arsenal will finish in the top four in the EPL and they have had a solid run to the FA Cup finale beating the likes of Tottenham, Everton, and Liverpool. Hull City has lost the two matches to the Gunners this season in league play 2-0 at home and 3-0 at Arsenal.

Can Hull City generate some offense in this match? Not only did they not score in two matches facing Arsenal, but also as of May sixth they have a goal differential of -11 while the Gunners are at +25.

Hull has not beaten one team in the EPL this season that is in the top five in the league table.

You can tell that Hull does not have a dynamic offense, as Matty Fryatt is the player with the most goals and he comes off the bench in a reserve roll. Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long each has scored four goals and while these players have to press the issue on offense the best chance for Hull to score may come on the counter-attack.

Arsenal dominated the time of possession game in their home facing Hull City and had control of that aspect in their last match facing them on April 20th. The Gunners have the much better midfield and Hull will have to either pull back their MF to the defense or hope that they can crack the middle of the field and create scoring chances.

Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, and Lukas Podolski have combined for 32 goals for the Gunners in league play, which is only five fewer goals than Hull has scored all season.

As of May sixth Hull City is winless in their last three matches and that may extend to five since their last two EPL matches before the FA Cup final are facing Manchester United and Everton.

Hull should take a page out of Wigan’s playbook from last season’s FA Cup final and pack the defensive side of the field and look for scoring chances to begin at that area of the pitch. Hull cannot get into a shootout with Arsenal, as to pull off the shocker they need a to win a low-scoring defensive encounter.

Arsenal is looking for their first FA Cup win since the 2005 season.