Hull City v Arsenal: your best bets

Hull City's Harry Maguire (left) and Arsenal's Theo Walcott battle for the ball during the sides' FA

Hull City's Harry Maguire (left) and Arsenal's Theo Walcott battle for the ball during the sides' FA Cup fifth round replay last season - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Following their, ahem, fortunate victory over Southampton at the weekend, the Gunners travel to Humberside on Saturday for what bookies believe is a foregone conclusion – a league contest against Hull City.

Data issued by the match stats team at appears to support this belief because Hull City last recorded a home victory over Arsenal more than a century ago – in 1915, when both sides occupied a berth in the old Division Two.

History and Arsenal’s weekend win have persuaded Unibet to install them as overwhelming 4/7 favourites to harvest maximum points at the KC Stadium.

It’s worth noting that Hull are level on points with their guests, yet online bookie price them at 6/1 to win, while William Hill post 7/2 against the draw.

As the Tigers have lost only once this season – an unlucky injury-time defeat by Manchester United – their match win odds look rather too frothy.

Punters who concur might be inclined to risk a few quid on the draw, especially as 188bet chalk almost 8/1 against it finishing one apiece and William Hill offer 5/1 against both halves ending on level terms.

Contrarian backers expecting a much closer encounter than many pundits predict may be persuaded to run the rule over the 2/1 posted by bet365 against the opening period ending scoreless. If that appeals, 888sport’s attractive 17/5 for the Gunners to win following a drawn first half also catches the eye.

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