Premier League: Arsenal vs. Hull City
The Gunners take on Hull City at the KC Stadium this afternoon fresh from their 5-0 Champions League victory over Porto. They are also looking for a fifth straight Premier League win that would set them up nicely for a shot at the title in their remaining eight games. With Manchester United not playing until tomorrow, the opportunity is there for Arsenal to leapfrog the Red Devils, who hold a two-point advantage.
The Tigers, on the other hand, find themselves in grave danger at the bottom of the EPL standings following a disgraceful run of three consecutive defeats and just one victory in the last 15 games. However, their home form has seen them lose just one of their last ten fixtures, and they could move out of the relegation zone with a win or even a draw this afternoon.
“We have to get in the faces of every team we play, not just Arsenal,” defender Jimmy Bullard said. “The key, though, will be what we do ourselves. Holding the ball is everything and if we do that then we will be okay.”
Meanwhile Arsenal could be without captain Cesc Fabregas with a hamstring problem. The Spain midfielder revealed he’s been tormented with this injury for quite some time but said he will put his body on the line as soon as possible.
The match kicks-off at 17:30 GMT (12:30 pm ET).
UPDATE: Nicklas Bendtner, fresh from scoring a hat-trick against Porto in the Champions League, struck in stoppage time as the Gunners kept pace with Chelsea at the top of the EPL with 2-1 victory over Hull.