Porter’s Predictions – FA Cup Final 2014 – Arsenal vs Hull City

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Updated: May 16, 2014

This Saturday will be the 133rd FA Cup Final and it will take place between Premier League sides Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium.

It will be the first time since 2010 that the FA Cup Final has taken place after the end of the Premier League season. There is also more than just a trophy on the line in this game as both teams have more than that to play for. For Arsenal, a win will end a trophy drought that has lasted nine years, going back to the last time they won the FA Cup back in 2005 against Manchester United. A win will produce a statement to the naysayers that want Arsene Wenger out of the football club.

For Hull City, it will be their first appearance in the FA Cup Final in their club’s history. Appearing in the final also guarantees them a place in the Europa League next season, but if they win, they will enter the competition in the group stages instead of the third-round qualifying if they lose.

It is guaranteed to be an excellent match and one that can’t be missed. Here is my preview and prediction.

Arsenal vs Hull City (K.O. 5pm GMT)

Arsenal are lucky as their injured players Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Jack Wilshere have all managed to regain fitness meaning they can be included in this game. Lukasz Fabianski is expected to retain his spot in between the sticks having played in all previous rounds leading up to the final. Hull City’s James Chester who missed last week’s game against Everton is expected to play. However, Robbie Bradley remains absent with a groin injury, and Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are ineligible due to being cup-tied.

Hull City have the odds firmly stacked against them entering this game, as they ended their Premier League season with four losses and a draw in their last five games, including a 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal. The scorers in that game were Ramsey and Lukas Podolski and they are both expected to have an impact this time out too. Hull City may struggle to find the goals with both of their top scorers ineligible, so they will have to rely on Yannick Sagbo to find the net.

Arsenal has won each of their last six games against Hull City, scoring 15 goals and conceding just three. A tight defence will be asked upon again by Arsenal fans and they should dominate possession. Both teams will be up for this game and Hull City certainly won’t make things easy for the Gunners. I ultimately think Arsenal has the squad to shut out Hull City and enough firepower to win this game with ease.

Prediction – Arsenal 3-0 Hull City

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