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What Hull have in common with Chelsea and Wigan FA Cup wins

| 17.05.2014

Six straight defeats against Arsenal and a failure to score in either Premier League meeting with them this season. There doesn’t instantly seem much for Hull to be optimistic about as they look to become the 44th different team to ever win the FA Cup.

The betting doesn’t give Hull the biggest of chances either, as they are priced at 6/1 to beat Arsenal in the 90 minutes, with the Gunners 9/20 favourites and the draw to take the match to extra time available at 10/3.

Hull have actually lost 10 of their last 11 encounters against Arsenal, with their one ray of light coming at the Emirates in 2008 when a Geovanni screamer helped them to a 2-1 triumph.

However, the Tigers’ win price is still shorter than the 15/2 Wigan were 12 months ago to defeat Manchester City at Wembley and they entered that final with a similar record to Hull.

Not only had Wigan lost seven on the bounce against this season’s Premier League champions, they had not even managed to score in any of these showdowns.

Looking back to the 2012 FA Cup final, Chelsea beat Liverpool despite having a dire previous record against them.

Liverpool headed to Wembley having won four straight matches against the Blues and having prevented them from scoring on three occasions.

Therefore, Hull are looking to become the third successive FA Cup winners to have beaten a team in the final who had previously done the double over them in the Premier League in the same season.

Meanwhile, it may be worth considering the 8/1 that Hull beat Arsenal by a one-goal margin, which has been the margin in the last FA Cup finals after normal time.

The Latin phrase ‘omne trium perfectum’ works on the principle that every set of three is complete and Hull can do their bit to prove this correct by ending their losing streak against Arsene Wenger’s men.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.