Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Arsenal 

Venue: KC Stadium – Monday, May 4th – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Hull 4/1 – Draw 11/4 – Arsenal 3/4

Match Preview

Hull City host Arsenal in this week’s Monday night fixture in a game which is of equal importance for both sides but for opposite reasons.

Hull sit just a point above the relegation zone following the weekend’s fixtures and will need to give themselves breathing space sooner rather than later as sides around them are picking up points.

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Having won their last two matches without conceding a goal, Steve Bruce’s men will feel confident they can deliver some more points on Monday night against the Gunners.

Hull City’s home record in the Premier League: P16 – W5 – D4 – L7

Arsenal’s title dreams are over after Chelsea won the league on Sunday, but Arsene Wenger’s side will still need to maintain their current form as they look to secure an automatic Champions League place.

Arsenal haven’t lost a league game since early February, and run of nine games, and have won their last four on the road. They also have a place in the FA Cup final once again as they look to retain their trophy so there is lots to play for.

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Arsenal will be overwhelming favourites to win here seeing as they are undefeated in their last nine meetings with Hull, winning eight of those.

The Tigers drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture back in October but lost at the Emirates in the FA Cup in January.

Arsenal’s away record in the Premier League: P17 – W9 – D3 – L5

Hull come into the game off the back of a 1-0 win against Liverpool last Tuesday and will be hoping to seal all three points in this one too.

Team News

Hull City: Andrew Robertson and Robert Snodgrass are both out. There will be late fitness tests for Mohamed Diame, Nikica Jelavic and Curtis Davies. But Steve Bruce looks set to name the same team for a third straight week.

Arsenal: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out. Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all doubts. Danny Welbeck and Gabriel could come into the side.

Key Points

Hull’s last five: L/L/L/W/W

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: The last time Hull beat Arsenal at home was April 1915. Can they end a 100 year wait on Monday?

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The superstar winger has had a superb season so far and he might prove to be the difference once again.

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Score Prediction

Hull City 0-3 Arsenal – The Gunners to prove too strong for Hull as they pick up another win to move five points clear of United in fourth. Hull need points but this one will be too much of a challenge and they’ll be looking to next weekend’s meeting with Burnley for points.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs Sunderland

Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, March 3rd – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Hull City: 11/10 – Draw: 23/10 – Sunderland: 12/5

Match Preview

Hull City play host to Sunderland on Tuesday night as both sides look for a vital three points in what should be a close match. With both teams losing at the weekend, it will important that they try to avoid defeat here.

Steve Bruce has turned it around somewhat in recent weeks as prior to the loss at Stoke on Saturday, they had won two on the bounce – the first time Hull had registered back-to-back wins in the Premier League this season.

Much of the lack of success has been blamed on his formation choice. Adopting a 3-5-2 for this campaign has seen the side struggle. However, injuries have not helped Bruce’s squad and they must now focus on trying to steer clear of the relegation zone as they currently sit just four points above it in 15th.

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Hull have to be confident coming into this fixture, however, as they look much more threatening than their opponents and won the reverse fixture 3-1 at the Stadium of Light back in December. The Tigers have received a boost going into the game as it is looking likely that Nikica Jelavic will be able to feature.

Hull City’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 4 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Gus Poyet hasn’t had the best season in the hot seat and after Sunderland’s recent form, his side has been pulled into the relegation scrap. They are just three points above the drop zone in 16th but know a win at Hull would propel them above their opponents.

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Sunderland have only won one of their last ten and have had an incredible seven 0-0 draws this term.

After the weekend’s match against Manchester United, Sunderland will be hoping for more time on the ball as they only managed 29% of possession on Saturday in that 2-0 loss.

Sunderland’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 2 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5

They were unfortunate to lose Wes Brown to a dubious red card, and the ban has since been rescinded so the centre-back will be able to play on Tuesday night.

The Black Cats have the second-worst form in the Premier League at the moment but must ensure they pick up at least a point against Hull in what is a real six-pointer at the bottom end of the table.

Team News

Hull City: Robert Snodgrass (knee), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and James Chester (shoulder) are all out. Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robbie Brady (calf) remain doubtful. Nikica Jelavic and Maynor Figueroa will face late fitness tests but should be available for selection. Dame N’Doye will expect to start after having to settle for a place on the bench at Stoke on Saturday.

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Sunderland: Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) is likely to miss the remainder of the season, while Billy Jones (ankle), Ricardo Alvarez (knock), Will Buckley (knee) and Jack Rodwell (calf) are all doubts for the game. Adam Johnson has been suspended by the club regarding issues away from football but Wes Brown will be available after his red card on Saturday was rescinded.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/D/L

Key Stat: Hull City have won the last four meetings between the two sides in all competitions. The last time Sunderland beat Hull, Steve Bruce was in charge of the Black Cats.

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Key Player: Dame N’Doye – The Senegalese striker has scored on the two occasions he has started for Hull City since joining in January. They have won both of those games too. He’s the one to watch.

Score Prediction

Hull City 0-0 Sunderland – Neither side can afford to lose this one as they both are in search of survival in the Premier League. That means it will be a tight, closely contested affair with little to separate them. Sunderland are the draw specialists in the Premier League and could settle for an eighth goalless draw of the season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Aston Villa

Hull vs. Aston Villa – Premier League

Venue: KC Stadium – Tuesday, February 10 – 19:45

Match Odds: Hull City 13/10 – Draw 21/10 – Aston Villa 23/10

Hull City welcome Aston Villa to the KC Stadium on Tuesday night in a crucial fixture for both teams as they look to avoid relegation.

The battle for Premier League survival is fiercer than ever this season, with at least seven clubs in a real scrap, including these two sides.

Hull picked up an unexpected point in their 1-1 draw away at Manchester City on Saturday having lost their previous three games without scoring, so that should give them hope as well as a slight confidence boost.

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The Tigers will look to their next five games as the ones in which they need to accumulate points, as they’re set for a tricky nine-game run-in where they’ll face Chelsea, Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United along the way.

Hull City’s home record: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Aston Villa slumped to a fourth straight defeat against Chelsea and extended their run of games without a win to nine (D3, L6), although they did score a goal for the first time in seven matches.

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Putting the ball in the back of the net has been a massive problem for Aston Villa this season, having scored just 12 times in 24 games, which is nine fewer goals than the next lowest scoring teams (Hull and Leicester – 21 goals). Only four of their goals have come away from home.

Aston Villa’s away record: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 2 – Lost 7

Hull are without injured players James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring), Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robert Snodgrass (knee). Meanwhile, Aston Villa are missing Philippe Senderos and Libor Kozak (both leg).

We often hear the phrase, ‘it’s the games against the teams around you that will decide your fate’, and that couldn’t be more true in this instance, with just two points separating them and both are now desperately fighting for their lives.

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Hull City’s last five: W/L/L/L/D

Aston Villa’s last five: D/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Hull City haven’t beaten Aston Villa since 1987 and are without a Premier League win against them in 7 attempts (D1, L6).

Key Player: Carles Gil – The Spaniard has looked lively in the three games he’s played since joining from Valencia in January and could be the key for Villa.

Score Prediction: Hull City 1–1 Aston Villa – Both teams will be too desperate to avoid defeat.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League

Venue: KC Stadium – Saturday, January 31 – 12:45PM

Match odds: Hull 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – Newcastle 9/5

The early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday will see John Carver’s Newcastle United travel to the KC Stadium to take on a Hull City side that is desperate for a win.

Both sides have lost their last three games in all competitions and Hull and Newcastle come into the game needing to turn things around, which should make this an intriguing match.

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Hull City have been poor this season and have struggled to threaten their opposition in attack, with their last goal coming on New Years Day. They have failed to score in six of their last eight league games.

Hull City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

Much of this is down to the lack of availability of their forwards as Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic are both still out with groin and knee injuries respectively.

That means Sone Aluko should continue up front and Steve Bruce will be hoping he is the man to break the drought, as he knows that the pressure is really on the Tigers as they sit in the relegation zone going into the game.

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Newcastle have had another mid-season crisis having lost their manager, Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, leaving interim boss John Carver to see out the season.

With one win in their last seven in the Premier League, they are in dire need of a victory at the KC Stadium though they have only won one of the last seven meetings with Hull.

Newcastle’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

That win came at the KC Stadium last March in a game that was more memorable for Alan Pardew’s headbutt on David Meyler than the Magpies’ 4-1 win.

Much of Newcastle’s hopes this season lie on the shoulders of Papiss Cisse and he has potential to play on Saturday as Senegal were eliminated earlier this week from the African Cup of Nations. If he can return to the club in time he could feature.

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Cisse was of course the catalyst for Newcastle in the reverse fixture as he grabbed a late brace to salvage a point at St. James’ Park back in September as the two sides drew 2-2.

This one could go either way and should start off a cracking weekend of fixtures with a bang. Neither side can afford to lose again.

Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/L/L

Newcastle’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: Hull City have only beaten Newcastle at home twice in their history. Their last victory in front of their own fans came back in November 1990. Incredible.

Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The midfield powerhouse has the ability and presence to change this game in one attack and will be key to Newcastle’s plans. Hull City must contain him.

Hull vs. Newcastle Prediction: Hull City 0 – 1 Newcastle United – The Tigers lack enough bite to turn things around here.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham United vs Hull City

West Ham United host relegation strugglers Hull City on Sunday afternoon and both teams need a win for different reasons.

West Ham have fallen off the pace in the race for a place in Europe recently and will be looking to get back on track with a home game they will see as a game they should win.

West Ham’s home record: Played 11 – Won 6 – Drawn 2 – Lost 3

Hull on the other hand will be trying to get out of the dreaded relegation zone and will look to register only their fifth win of the season.

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West Ham come into the game having only won one of their last six, whereas Hull have won two of their last four in the Premier League and look to be improving at last.

Hull City’s away record: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

The Tigers are a shadow of the team that they were last season and Steve Bruce has a tough task trying to break down a West Ham side that has had a great campaign so far, especially at home.

The Hammers have exceeded all expectations playing a more attractive style of football and have only lost at home to sides above them in the table.

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Sam Allardyce has built a side over the last few seasons that now has a solid platform for success, and providing they stay consistent they could find a place in Europe next season.

This is a huge fixture for both sides and is one that should entertain as both team have players that can excite.

West Ham’s last five: W/L/L/D/D

Hull City’s last five: L/W/L/W/L

Key Stat: Hull have won only two of their last 14 in the Premier League.

Key Player: Stewart Downing – The England midfielder has been sensational for West Ham this season and is arguably the most creative Englishman in the league at the moment. Expect him to be the difference here.

Score Prediction: West Ham United 2 – 0 Hull City

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 21

After a break for the FA Cup third round, the Premier League returns this weekend and that means a member of the MLSGB team has to step up and try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Louis East called seven correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Lewis Addley will try and call some tricky matchups in what should be another entertaining weekend.

Here’s this weeks Premier League predictions:

Saturday 10 January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated)

Sunderland vs Liverpool (12:45) 

The reverse fixture saw this game end level 0-0 at Anfield, a disappointing result as Liverpool will still believe they are fighting for a Champions League spot. The Stadium of Light has been a tough place to visit this season with Sunderland already taking points from league leaders Chelsea. We can expect a cagey affair with Sunderland looking to cause an upset again.

Prediction: 1-1

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Burnley vs Queens Park Rangers 

Both of these sides look set for the battle to avoid relegation until the end of the season now and it’s a real six pointer. Burnley have found some form of late and can take heart from battling back from 2-0 down away at Manchester City. QPR have been hit with a flooded training ground this week and that has dampened their preparations no end. QPR have lost every away game this season so far in the league, so we can expect much of the same.

Prediction: 2-1

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United 

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Mourinho needs a response from his players and fast after some poor form over the last few weeks. Having already lost the away fixture last month they will need to win this to ensure they remain top of the table. Home form has been solid from Mourinho’s men and it should be three points.

Prediction: 3-1

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Everton vs Manchester City 

Everton haven’t lived up to their expectations this season and City will be looking to kill this game early. The champions have continued to close the gap on Chelsea and will be smelling blood and looking to top the table for the first time this season. Roberto Martinez needs a reaction from his side and they must prove they have what it takes to challenge the top teams once again.

Prediction: 1-2

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Leicester City vs Aston Villa 

Both these sides have been inconsistent so far this campaign which could leave us with an entertaining tie. Leicester are unbeaten in their last couple of league games and have avoided defeat picked up four points in their last two games. They have to be favourites.

Prediction: 2-1

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Swansea vs West Ham United 

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Swansea will be without goal machine Wilfried Bony, away at the African Cup of Nations, who could have played his last game for the side amidst reports of Manchester City chasing his signature. The Swans are happily sitting ninth in the league and will be keen to push for all three points. West Ham have had a bit of a step back to reality in the past couple of weeks as their top four push has been halted. This should be a feisty affair.

Prediction: 3-2

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West Bromwich Albion vs Hull City

Just a point separates these two sides who both look set for a nervy period towards the back end of the season. Having reached the halfway mark neither side looks safe and it is surely another six pointer. Hull will need another performance like the one that saw them win 2-0 against Everton last time out while Albion need to take their goalscoring form of the cup into the game after firing seven past minnows Gateshead last weekend. Tony Pulis to get off to a fine start in the league.

Prediction: 2-1

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (17:30)

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Spurs head into this game on cloud nine after their brilliant performance over Chelsea. Palace, who fear nobody at Selhurst Park, need to be at their best and must stop striking sensation Harry Kane. One thing we know for sure is he will be at the forefront as usual if Spurs are to take all three points in Alan Pardew’s first league outing as Palace boss.

Prediction: 1-3

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Arsenal vs Stoke City (13:30)

Arsene Wenger’s men need to take all three points from this tie to ensure they keep the pace in the race for the top four. They will need to keep it tight at the back compared to their dreadful start in the reverse fixture where they conceded after just one minute. They should gain revenge from that game here though.

Prediction: 2-0 

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Manchester United vs Southampton (16:00)

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This could be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. We can expect an attacking mentality from both sides. Southampton can consider themselves unlucky in the reverse fixture whereby they were killed off by some clinical finishing. Louis Van Gaal’s impact has been good so far at United and although he will be wary of the Saints, he will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side.

Prediction: 3-1 

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How do you think Gameweek 21 will shape up in the Premier League?