Back the Tigers to break free and shred Arsenal’s trophy hopes
Yes, Arsenal have beaten Hull City in their last six matches in all competitions. Yes, the Gunners are odds-on to win again in this FA Cup final at 2/9 (4/9 in 90 minutes). However, Arsene Wenger’s side will have been wishing this season away for some time, following their failure once again to challenge for the Premier League.
Arsenal will be mentally drained, ahead of the May 17th date at Wembley, due to their desperate battle with Everton to hold on to fourth place, and many of their players will also be wary of getting inured with the World Cup fast approaching.
Hull, on the other hand have had the luxury of taking the final few weeks of the league season easier than they probably originally thought, after never really being in danger of relegation. So their entire second half of the campaign, in particular, has been built up to this FA Cup final fixture.
Steve Bruce, who won the the tournament three times as a player with Manchester United, will be without strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, but he has been for the whole competition anyway due to the duo being cup-tied.
Instead, Matty Fryatt (7/2 to score anytime) and Yannick Sagbo (4/1) have helped steer the Tigers to the final, getting four and two goals respectively from their five games.
If you fancy backing centre half Curtis Davies to net for a third time this season in the FA Cup, then take odds of 15/2 for him to do so anytime.
Hull have also been boosted by the fact that former Man Utd winger Robbie Brady is in contention to feature. The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been out with a groin injury since February, but has made a remarkable recovery.
Boss Bruce said: “Robbie Brady’s come from nowhere in the last couple of weeks. It’s amazing what an FA Cup final does.
Meanwhile, there is positive news elsewhere in terms of fitness, with ex-Red Devil captain Bruce continuing: “Everyone’s come through the weekend’s game okay, which is good to see. We’ve got everybody available, who we think should be.
“The only real doubt is [defender] James Chester. He was back on the training ground today doing some light work, but didn’t join in with the main group.
“Everybody else is okay. Matty Fryatt didn’t train. He just picked up a knock but we don’t expect anything. We just erred on the side of caution, he’ll be fine.”
Hull will be bidding to lift their first major piece of silverware in the club’s history, and are fantastic 3/1 shots with Coral to win the FA Cup, and 6/1 for victory in 90 minutes.