No stopping Gunners now

In his final column of the season, Dale Tempest looks at the best bets for Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull.

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Aaron Ramsey: Worth backing for the opening goal at Wembley

Aaron Ramsey: Worth backing for the opening goal at Wembley

In his final column of the season, footballer-turned bookie rep Dale Tempest looks at the best bets for Saturday's FA Cup final.

Fulham, Huddersfield and Colchester were among his clubs during a 16-year career so he knows exactly how the game is played.

These days in his role at Sky Bet - you may have seen him on Sky Sports News - he's very much got his finger on the pulse of the markets as both a punter and a bookie.

He's been highlighting his best bets throughout the campaign. Now it's time to look ahead to Arsenal v Hull


Arsenal to beat Hull 'to nil' at 5/4
Aaron Ramsey to score the first goal at 6/1


The FA Cup has always been synonymous with underdog teams - Wigan beating Manchester City in the final last season is still fresh in the mind.

This year once again we've got a David v Goliath situation but in all honesty there's no way you can see beyond an Arsenal victory against Hull.

There's huge incentive for manager Arsene Wenger, who has not won a trophy since 2005.

As for the players, they know they've got Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil back after injuries and they've finished the season in positive mood. Fourth place and Champions League qualification, plus an FA Cup win, would be regarded as a big success.

When you look at Arsenal, you only see positives. They ended the league campaign with four clean sheets in four games and they look a refreshed, motivated team.

In contrast, Hull have only survived in the top-flight because of their good start to the season and the goals, after January, of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, both of whom are unavailable for this game as they are cup-tied.

When you look down the first goalscorer list Matty Fryatt is the top man for Hull at 10/1 and that says all you need to know about the Tigers' goal threat.

Hull's position in the Premier League was secured by beating the sides around them. They won just two out of 20 games against the teams who finished in the top half and that shows you exactly where they stand in the pecking order.

Of course, this is a one-off cup game so you can argue that that can be thrown out of the window but unlike last year with Man City, who had other competitions to concentrate on in the closing months of the season, Arsenal and Arsene Wenger really want a trophy and this looks the perfect opportunity for them to end their drought.

So how do we make a profit from backing the Gunners?

First, I take Arsenal to win to nil at 5/4. They won the league games between the sides this season 2-0 and 3-0.

In the last nine FA Cup finals, the margin of victory has been a single goal but I can see Arsenal winning by two or three.

Aaron Ramsey was often talked about as Player of the Year material in December before his injury and he's been back to his best since returning.

I wouldn't put anyone off backing him at 6/1 for the first goal. He's fit and fresh and ready to score.


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