Michael Owen predicts Arsenal v Hull City

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen looks ahead to today’s FA Cup third-round tie between Arsenal and Hull City.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has backed Arsenal to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Hull City.

The Gunners will host the Tigers in the third round of the competition at the Emirates Stadium later today.

It is a re-run of last season’s final which Arsenal won 3-2 in extra time, and Owen expects Arsene Wenger’s side to emerge victorious yet again.

“A repeat of last season’s final and I expect the Gunners to prevail and bounce back after a disappointing result at St Mary’s on New Year’s Day,” Owen wrote on Betvictor.com.

“The Tigers will be lifted by their win against Everton on Thursday but Premier League survival will be their primary objective this term.”

Arsenal will indeed be favourites on paper, but there can be no room for complacency especially as they will head into the tie on the back of a 2-0 away defeat to Southampton in the Premier League.

The North London outfit have failed to win matches that they should have this season, and Hull do have the potential to stage an upset at the Emirates today.

If Hull score an early goal, then Arsenal could be in trouble. The key to winning for the Gunners is to make sure that they are defensively solid and score the first goal of the match.

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