Betting Tips and Previews: FA Cup

Will Wenger be looking so smug come Saturday evening?

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Arsenal v Hull
Saturday 17th May: 17.00

Arsenal know exactly what hangs over there head. Their best chance at silverware since a last minute loss to Birmingham in the League Cup final of 2011, Wenger and his team will want to win at the weekend simply to shake away the increasingly ugly “9 years without a trophy” label. With Wenger’s contract still not renewed, Arsenal summer and next season could also rest on Saturday. Hull, on the other hand, look to protect their perfect record under the arch after their semi final win and promotion victory in 2008.

Arsenal are heavy favourites for this tie, best priced at 1/2 with Paddy Power. The draw is available at 7/2 with Boylesports and Hull are out at 7/1 with BetVictor.

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A cagey opening?

Since 2010, only one goal has been scored in the first half of FA Cup finals. They are often incredibly tight affairs with both sides not looking to give up an inch of space, and after watching Arsenal’s semi final with Wigan and accounting for Hull’s lack of firepower, I expect this trend to continue. It seems a bit crazy that you can get a huge 2/1 on under 0.5 first half goals at William Hill, but their loss is our gain.

Much like Arsenal’s semi final, I think the pressure will inhibit them from displaying their full capabilities, and the match could go all the way to the wire. Betting on a draw, and thus for the game to go to extra time, has a load of value in it, with the best price being 7/2 at BoyleSports.

Where will the magic come from?

However, if there is one player who may be able to provide the difference in this final, its Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman was the best player in the league before his long term injury in December, and since returning has looked to pick up exactly where he left off in 2013. He scored a spectacular opener against Norwich on the final day of the season, and for him to open up the scoring again at Wembley is best priced at a huge 7/1 with BetVictor.

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Jordan is a University of Southampton graduate who produces blogs and betting previews for Howtobet4free as well as running the popular @howtobet4free_ Twitter account on matchdays.

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