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Nic Ladds 16th Jan 2009 - 19:55

Brown trouser time for Phil

Odds of 9/2 say Hull can end their dismal Premier League run of one win in twelve with a repeat of their stunning 2-1 victory over Arsenal earlier this season.

The Gunners are understandably short at 8/13 even though Arsene Wenger's side are not in the best of form themselves having only won one of their last five away games.

This poor run has seen them drop out of the top four and they will have to get their act together fast if they are to catch the ever-improving Aston Villa.

A draw at 14/5 in the betting may seem a logical result for some due to Arsenal's poor away form but you get the feeling that Hull may suffer yet another humiliating defeat like they did against Wigan and Sunderland earlier this season.

It is unlikely the signing of Kevin Kilbane will suddenly change their fortunes although should Manucho get his work permit in time it will give The Tigers more attacking options.

Marlon King will need to find his scoring boots again to help Hull out of this predicament although Daniel Cousin is starting to look a potentially useful prospect and the pair are available at 15/2 and 9/1 respectively to score first.

Geovanni seems to have gone off the boil having had a fantastic start to the season and Hull could do with one of his trademark free kicks.

It's been a while since he managed one of those and 8/1 about him scoring the first goal may be a little short.

At 4/1 in the first goal scorer betting Emmanuel Adebayor needs to recapture the blistering form he showed last season that made him one of the most coveted strikers in the world.

Robin van Persie always looks lively for The Gunners and has chipped in with his fair share of goals this season and is preferred over Adebayor to score the first goal at 9/2.

An interesting contender at a bigger price is midfielder Denilson who is growing in confidence with every game for Arsenal.

He got on the score sheet a couple of games ago and has an excellent chance of scoring again against the leaky Hull defence. Odds of 14/1 about the first goal or 11/2 to score anytime look worth a bet.

Arsenal to win to nil at 5/4 could be the call as Hull struggle to score goals at home and have not kept a clean sheet in 12 matches.

Along a similar vein Arsenal on the handicap looks a decent bet with them giving up a goal at 13/8 while Hull with a goal head start are available at 6/5.

For those that really fancy The Gunners to run riot 3-0 at 12/1 and 4-0 at a handsome price of 25/1 look the bets but should Hull nick one 3-1 at 10/1 would be the call.

Can Hull get a win here? Probably not, but a draw is feasible and a score draw is most likely with 1-1 at 6/1 and 2-2 at 12/1.

While Arsenal have not been their usual selves for much of this season their recent win over Chelsea show they can still turn it on and after Hull's blistering start to the season the bubble seems to have well and truly burst.

Phil Brown has tried nearly everything (including a public dressing down of his players) and it is unlikely he will find the right formula on Saturday.

Arsenal half-time/Arsenal full time at 6/4 looks the bet as revenge for the beating Hull gave them at The Emirates aside, Wenger will know that defeat here will raise even more unwanted questions about both his and Arsenal's ability to maintain their place as one of the Premier League's top four sides.

Recommendation:
Arsenal half-time/Arsenal full time - 6/4
Denilson to score anytime - 11/2

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