Soccer Pick: Hull City & Arsenal Looking for Points in Monday's EPL Fixture

Lee Phelps

Friday, May 1, 2015 1:26 PM GMT

Friday, May. 1, 2015 1:26 PM GMT

Tigers face Gunners on Monday with both battling for points. One for Europe & one for survival. Who will get the majority of them? Lee Phelps will tell you who & what to bet based on the soccer odds.

Monday’s Premier League pits two teams who have very different goals. Hull are battling to stay in the league and Arsenal are fighting for second spot behind Chelsea or at the very least automatic Champions League qualification by finishing in the top three.

 

Hull City
Hull come in to this game on the back of a two game winning streak – they have only won three Premier League games in a row on one previous occasion; October 2008, when they won four successive matches.

I’m not expecting a win here, in fact I’m not sure they will even go for a win. The league table shows Hull on 34 points, with home games against Burnley and Manchester United after this one and a trip to Tottenham. I expect them to target three points from the Burnley game and one point from the other three, giving them 38 points and definite safety. In truth 37 will do it this season.

If they do set up defensively, I can see the Gunners playing their usual game and trying to break them down. The problem for the Tigers is despite their best intentions they have a tendency to shoot themselves in the foot. They conceded twice inside 10 minutes to Chelsea, but sill came back to 2-2 inside the first half, eventually losing 3-2.

You probably won’t be surprised to know they haven’t got a great record against Arsene Wenger’s side losing five and drawing one of the last six league games, including defeats in all three games at the KC Stadium.

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Arsenal
Wenger’s side have more points after 33 games this season than any campaign since 2009-10; this despite having fewer points after 12 games than any other Premier League campaign.

If you’re looking at goal scorer bets on the soccer odds board, Alexis Sanchez has scored in both of his appearances this season against Hull City and Olivier Giroud has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League away matches. They are both 2.15 (23/20).

I think Arsenal will win this game, but not by much. The Gunners have won their last four away games by a one goal margin and have won but conceded at West Ham, Palace, Newcastle and QPR, so I see no reason why that won’t continue at Hull


Soccer picks
I can see Hull trying to keep things tight, but once Arsenal break through, they will come out and hit the wide men. As I have just illustrated Wenger’s men do conceded to weaker opposition on the road. So as for this fixture my soccer pick would be an Arsenal win and both teams scoring here.

Free Soccer Pick:  Arsenal win and BTTS 3.75 (11/4) at William Hill

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