FA Cup betting: Higher priorities ahead for Gunners, Tigers

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Updated: February 20, 2016

Today’s featured FA Cup fifth round betting preview: Arsenal v Hull City; Emirates Stadium, London, England; Saturday, February 20, 11.45pm – check here for the latest FA Cup news & results

 

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The spotlight shifts back to the FA Cup tonight with just 16 teams still in the hunt for the 2015-16 title. That line-up includes the reigning champions Arsenal, who’ll host Championship leaders Hull City to the Emirates Stadium today. It’s a tie that comes with some intriguing factors. The Gunners face a brutally tough UEFA Champions league round-of-16 match-up at the Camp Nou against Barcelona on Tuesday night before heading to Old Trafford for a League clash with Manchester United next weekend. Likewise, the Tigers have two pivotal Championship fixtures in the next seven days against playoff aspirants Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

 

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It’s been three years since Arsenal last experienced defeat in the FA Cup, and that came against Championship opposition (Blackburn) but they have since embarked on 14 successive wins in the competition. That’s just two shy of a record they jointly hold. Not surprisingly, Arsene Wenger is expected to rest his key players with the Barcelona match-up in mind. Wenger confirmed David Ospina (pictured above) will replace Petr Cech in goal, while January signing Mohamed Elneny is in contention for his second start. This is the third consecutive season these teams have met in the FA Cup – Arsenal won the previous two meetings, including the 2014 final.

They (Hull) have conceded just two goals in their past eight matches in all competitions

Nick Powell, who is on loan from Manchester United, will make his debut for the Tigers but on-loan duo Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden will be ineligible to play against their parent club. The Gunners have won nine of their past 10 matches with Hull in all competitions, drawing the other. Hull have won four of their past five away games in all competitions, including a victory over Bury at Gigg Lane in the FA Cup fourth round. They have conceded just two goals in their past eight matches in all competitions. Impressively, this is the third time in eight seasons they have reached the fifth round – they won on the previous two occasions in 2009 and 2014.

 

 

Confirmed bets (card finalised, PL = Premier League CH = Championship, L1 = League One, L2 = League Two, NL = non-league)

Arsenal (PL) v Hull City (CC) -2.5 goals (one unit @ $2.10)
Reading (CC) v West Bromwich Albion (PL) DRAW/-2.5 (one unit @ $3.40)

 

Today’s other games

Watford (PL) v Leeds United (CC)
Bournemouth (PL) v Everton (PL)

 

Most recent results: 1-0-0, +0.9 units; overall record: 12-0-11, +2.55 units

MK Dons (CH) v Chelsea (PL) -1.5AH (one unit @ $1.90) WIN (1-5)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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