The situation is clear: This year’s FA Cup final will take place next Saturday at the famous Wembley Stadium and it will see two totally different teams facing each other.
Hull City finished 16th in the Premier League and is considered to be the rank outsider in their first ever FA Cup final against the international top team Arsenal London. With a victory at Wembley, Arsenal could make up for a mediocre season.
It is no wonder that the odds for this game listed by the bookmakers highly favour the Londoners over the team from Kingston-upon-Hull. The bookmakers offer a high odd of 7.54 for a win of Hull City. It is true that those who bet on an Arsenal win are on the safe side but they only get an odd of 1.57.
Last season it was shown that the outsider can win the FA Cup final because Wigan Athletic defeated the highly favoured team of Manchester City in an enthralling Wembley encounter – and repeated this success in the FA Cup quarter-finals this season. However, Wigan’s FA trophy dreams came to an end in the semi-finals when they lost against Arsenal after a thrilling penalty-shootout which ended 4-2. Wigan played a good game and fought hard but Arsenal had the little bit of luck you need and advanced to the final.
Hull City played against Sheffield United in the semi-finals. The Premier League team from northern England celebrated a thrilling 5-3 victory over the third-division team and finally advanced to the final. For a while it looked like their wait would go on. Deservedly trailing 2-1 at half-time to Sheffield United, Hull re-emerged for the second half as a far more vibrant team and struck three quick goals before valiant United threatened a fightback of their own. Not until David Meyler’s goal in stoppage time were the Premier League side guaranteed victory in this thrilling semi-final and a return to Wembley, where they will assume the more familiar role of underdogs in the final against Arsenal.
Regarding the club’s tradition, Hull City is nearly as successful as the Gunners – even though the club’s history is characterised by the fact Hull City played in the second or third division in English football most of the time. It wasn’t until 2013, when the club promoted to the Premier League for the very first time in their history – and they will stay in the Premier League for another season. It is true that the team of coach Steve Bruce lost their final Premier League game of the season 2-0 to Everton but they finished the season 4 points clear of the drop zone in 16th place. Now they can completely focus on the upcoming FA Cup final on Saturday.
With the FA Cup, Arsenal will have the opportunity to win at least one title. The team of coach Arsene Wenger had a good start this season but was eliminated early in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and also missed the Premier League title. For that reason, Mertesacker, Ozil, Podolski & Co are expected to be highly motivated for their battle with Steve Bruce’s side in the FA Cup final.