It’s Game Week 5. Hull city and Arsenal will lock horns at the KCOM stadium this Saturday in a match expected to be an exciting one as previous meetings between these two sides haven’t been anything short of this.
Hull city go into the game with quite an appalling record against the Gunners. In the last 24 competitive matches against the Gunners, they’ve won just 3, drawn 5 and lost 16. The Tigers have also lost the last five matches in which they’ve hosted Arsenal. In fact, the last encounter between these two sides ended 0-4 in favour of Arsenal in an FA Cup match. So going into this game is a team who is actually on a back foot if records are anything to go by.
What Could Change?
Recent exploits under the new caretaker manager Mike Phelan could prove to be a big raise in the game for The Tigers as they’ve so far this season acquired 7 points out of possible 12 (same as Arsenal) with famous victories against Swansea, Premier League Champions Leicester and a near strong performance against giant United. They’ll hope to capitalize on that against a somewhat inconsistent Arsenal team.
Tactics and Possible Line-up
Mike Phelan’s side so far this season look rock solid defensively as they’ve lost just one in four games and have conceded just three goals. On the attacking front, Hull city will most likely be looking up to dead-ball and free-kick specialist Robert Snodgrass and of course energetic forward Adama Diomande. The likes of Davies and Co. could also pull a threat with set-pieces and overall Hull city might opt for a counter-attacking game plan.
New recruits Dieumera Mbokani, James Weir and Ryan Mason could make their debut. This could be their potential line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Huddlestone, Mason, Clucas, Snodgrass, Hernandez; Diomande.
All things being equal, Arsenal should wrap this up.