Arsenal find themselves listed as 4/5 favourites for their Premier League trip to Hull as The Gunners look to grab a decisive advantage in the race for fourth.
The Premier League has been full of twists and turns all season long but the most interesting week of the season so far could end on a dramatic high as Hull host Arsenal in a preview of next month’s FA Cup final.
Hull are enjoying a good late spell in the season and Steve Bruce’s side will be looking to get a win which would all but kill off any threats of relegation.
The Tigers will be much stronger than the side that appeared against Sheffield United with regular attackers Nikita Jelavic and Shane Long returning to the squad after being cup-tied for last Sunday’s semi-final, and their price of 7/2 could be a shrewd investment.
After impressing last week, Brown could also be tempted to start Tom Huddlestone and David Meyler in midfield after both players played a pivotal role in the 5-3 win against The Blades last weekend.
There will be no doubt that Bruce will want to end Hull’s recent bad form against The Gunners having lost the last five encounters against their FA Cup final opponents.
It won’t be easy though as Arsenal will arrive at The KC Stadium looking to record back to back wins in the league for the first in over a month as they look to keep fourth after regaining it on Tuesday.
It’s likely that Arsene Wenger will stick with the similar squad that beat West Ham 3-1 on Tuesday night although playmaker Mesut Ozil could be back in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.
With both Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud finding the back of the net in midweek, Wenger has hinted that they could both start on Sunday afternoon in a traditional 4-4-2 formation rather than Arsenal’s familiar 4-3-3 set-up.
It’s a move that could pay dividends with The Gunners knowing that winning all of their remaining games would be enough for them to secure a spot in the Champions League for a 18th consecutive year.
There will be a lot of importance riding on Sunday’s game so don’t be surprised to see both Hull and Arsenal treating it like a cup final even though their Wembley clash doesn’t happen for another four weeks.