FA Cup Betting: Arsenal vs. Hull City

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 6:11 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 6:11 PM UTC

The Premier League season may be done and dusted, but we still have to find out who will emerge as the FA Cup champions in 2013/14. We have Arsenal going up against Hull City, with the Gunners entering as the overwhelming sports betting favorites.

Odds Overview
If you think the Gunners will win after 90 minutes, you can find them at right around -200 at the top sportsbooks. Hull City is at +650, while a draw is just over +350. 

Including extra time and a possible shootout, the price on Arsenal to win the FA Cup is approaching -400, while the Tigers are the massive underdogs in the soccer betting at approximately +330.

First, let's recap Arsenal's Premier League campaign.

The Gunners had their fair share of ups and downs, just like every other team out there, but ultimately they did enough to stamp out fourth place and a spot in next year's Champions League competition.

Arsenal held off Everton for the last European place, thanks to some great performances to close out the league campaign. They finished the season by winning five straight matches, overcoming West Ham, Hull City, Newcastle, West Brom and then Norwich City.

As for the Gunners' cup run, they've beaten Wigan, Everton, Liverpool, Coventry and Tottenham to reach the finals. The obstacles have been much tougher for Arsenal than they have for Hull City, and that should serve them well in the final.

Arsene Wenger could have trouble picking the starting XI, as he has numerous options at his disposal. Olivier Giroud may lead the team in goals scored this season, but Aaron Ramsey has been the X factor and is sure to be in the lineup come Saturday. Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are likely to start, but will there be room for Jack Wilshere?

Hull City
Hull City avoided relegation and that's all supporters were hoping for at the start of the season. Steve Bruce guided the side to safety and they will compete in the top flight again in 2014/15.

As for the Tigers' cup run, they've had it much easier than the Gunners. They played Sheffield United in the semi-finals and before that they were matched up with Sunderland, Brighton, Southend United and Middlesbrough.

However, since that win over Sheffield, Hull City has been struggling and that's putting it nicely.

This is an outfit that's failed to win in any of its previous five matches. They lost to Arsenal, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Everton and had to settle for a draw at Fulham. The Tigers could have made avoiding relegation a lot easier if they had closed out the season in better form.

But here we are. Now all that matters is the FA Cup and Hull City will fancy their chances, considering they're the obvious underdogs and don't have any pressure on their shoulders whatsoever.

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FA Cup Pick
For those thinking this is going to be a straightforward win for Arsenal, you may want to re-consider your stance.

The Gunners are the more talented side, that much is clear, but the Tigers have pulled off some great results in this campaign, including a victory over Liverpool, and we know Steve Bruce will have his boys set up in the right way.

Still, we do believe Arsenal will emerge as the cup champions on Saturday. They've had success against Hull City this season, winning both Premier League meetings, and will come into this showdown on a great run of form. Side with the Gunners with your soccer picks, but don't expect a rout in the slightest.

Pick: Arsenal 2 Hull City 1

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