Monday, 4 May 2015

@FanFeud Match Preview: Hull v Arsenal (#MNF)

A few weeks back you could have safely assumed that Arsenal would be hot favourites for this Monday Night Football match up. Think again.  Hull have bucked their recent woes with back-to-back scintillating victories that have seen them beat Palace and Liverpool.  Having said that they aren't safe from relegation just yet.  What's interesting is that Hull need at least 2 PL wins to guarantee de facto safety - they still have something to play for.  As for Arsenal, they have already secured Champions League football for another season and now have their eyes set on the FA Cup final.  In effect, this fixture means two different things for both teams and their motivations will vary significantly. Is a shock win for Hull possible?

Arsenal (circa 14/15) aren't the pushovers of previous seasons. They have beefed up and added classy steel to their core.  It's safe to say that this season they have been somewhat of a headache to their rivals in head-to-head PL meetings. But what's more interesting is that Arsenal have not been too complacent against the teams in the lower half of the table.  At times they have even been ruthless with them. Part of Arsenal's open secret is the sheer depth of their midfield, which is interchangeable and formidable in equal measure.

On paper, Arsenal have the 3rd best PL away record and Hull have the 4th worst PL home record. You would think that the Gunners will stroll this - they probably won't.  Hull will be bullish and will go for the win.  They have scored more than a goal a game at home (on average) and Arsenal have conceded more than a goal a game on the road. I don't think goals will be hard to come by.  Hull will probably apply constant pressure to Arsenal's "tippy tappy" style and may even take the lead through Dame N'Doye*. But I think this fixture will be an action-packed draw, 2-2.

With the above in mind, I would recommend the following #FanFeud picks for #HULARS:

 Dame N'Doye
Ahmed Elmohamady
Alexis Sanchez
Aaron Ramsey
Olivier Giroud

Have you made your picks yet?