Hull vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City will be aiming for a third consecutive victory to further aid their chances of staying up when they take on Arsenal, whose eyes are firmly on the runners-up spot.

Wins for Sunderland, Leicester City and Aston Villa meant that results over the weekend could hardly have gone worse for the Tigers, but they have given themselves a wonderful chance of surviving by beating Crystal Palace and Liverpool in their last two outings, so matters are still in their own hands.

Michael Dawson got the winner against the Reds last time out, capping a fine all-round performance which saw them nullify their opponents and limit them to very few chances. It will be more difficult to do the same to Arsenal, but Dame N’Doye provides a real attacking threat and will occupy the visiting defence.

Winning the Premier League title was always an unlikely prospect for Arsenal, who were guilty of not taking the game to newly-crowned champions Chelsea enough in a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. All the same, it has been a fantastic 2015 so far for Arsene Wenger’s side; unrelenting in their consistency.

The home side will be difficult to break down, so the contributions of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be key to securing another win. Aaron Ramsey seems to have found something close to his best form of last season, while the Gunners have a major advantage over the Hull defence in terms of pace.

David Meyler is back from a three-match ban to boost Hull, who could be able to name Nikica Jelavic among the substitutes after injury. Mohamed Diame remains out.

Arsenal have doubts over Mathieu Debuchy and will definitely be without Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Long-term absentee Jack Wilshere could make his first appearance since November 22.

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