Arsenal vs Hull by Luke
Arsenal was quite lucky to have reverted the scoreline against Leicester at home last weekend. They were actually down in the scoreline 0:1 in 45th minute when Vardy scored from the penalty kick, but dominated the whole second half and increased the pressure even more when the visitors stood playing with a ten men in 54th minute.
Their equalizer came more than deservedly in 70th minute via Walcott, while they still needed some luck to get all three points in fifth minute of additional time via Welbeck. With this three pointer, the team continued to be on third position, actually sharing the second one with Tottenham, but only one two points below first placed Leicester and again with great chances in the title race. The Gunners are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Weelbeck as their number nine and Campbell, Walcott and Chamberlain as offensive support. Coach Arsene Wenger will decided whether to involve Kieran Gibbs and Gabriel Paulista here, since both might not be risked ahead of their Champions League clash next week against Barcelona. They continue to miss midfielders Tomas Rosicky (1/0), Jack Wilshere (0/0) and Santi Cazorla (14/0), while fit again is defender Laurent Koscielny. Players like Flamini, Ospina and Chambers may be involved here a bit more.
Hull City, on the other hand, only had a goalless draw on Tuesday evening against Brighton at home. In a pretty defensive game from both sides, the teams had really small number of goal scoring chances, but the hosts still were a bit more concrete and maybe deserved a bit better than a goalless draw, but still neither their performance looked actually impressive.
After this draw, they remained being at the first position with two points more than Middlesbrough and maybe more importantly, kept their three points difference to third placed Brighton, since two teams will only be going directly to Premiership. They haven't been that impressive away from home with 7-3-6 record so far in Championship, so there's no doubt that the team will be trying to defend themselves here at most of the times. Visitors will be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Hernandez as their striker. They continue to miss forward Adama Diomande (4/1) who is Steve Bruce's only injury concern. Their manager is close to field up the same team that remained undefeated against Brigton last Tuesday night.
Arsenal's late victory over Leicester have surely improved their morale as the team finds themselves once again active in a title race. They should go with a boosted morale here in order to get the an easy victory and boosted the morale further in front of important game against Barcelona.