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Hull v Arsenal: Gunners focused for meeting of Cup finalists

| 19.04.2014

Arsenal travel to Hull in the Premier League and while the hosts can be forgiven for looking towards next month’s FA Cup final, the Gunners will be fully focussed on picking up a vital three points in the race for fourth.

Arsene Wenger’s side are back in pole position to qualify for the Champions League after victory over West Ham and Everton’s shock defeat against Crystal Palace.

The north London club can open up a four point gap over the Merseysiders before Roberto Martinez’s side tackle Manchester United on Sunday afternoon and they are 4/5 with Ladbrokes for victory over their FA Cup final opponents at the KC Stadium.

You have to go back to 1915 for Hull’s last win over the Gunners at home but Steve Bruce’s men will be in confident mood after a run of three straight wins in front of their own fans.

The Tigers are 15/4 to strike a psychological blow ahead of the Wembley showpiece, while the draw – a result that has occurred just three times in the 17 match history between the two clubs – is on at 13/5 with the bookie.

Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners on their last visit to Humberside and the Gunners faithful will be delighted with a similar performance this time around, with the same score line priced at 15/2.

Having regained the momentum in the race for fourth, Wenger’s men will be determined not to let their advantage slip and Lukas Podolski looks to have hit form at the right time for his side.

The German international hit a timely double in the midweek victory over West Ham and he is 6/1 to repeat the feat of opening the scoring, while he is 15/8 to find the net at any point during the 90 minutes.

Olivier Giroud was also back in the goals following a quiet period and the French international is 9/1 to open the scoring, while Ladbrokes go 15/8 the 28-year-old finds the net in an Arsenal win.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew