Hull v Arsenal preview: Arsene Wenger and Steve Bruce to shuffle packs
By Charlotte Marsh
Last Updated: 08/03/16 7:01pm
Arsene Wenger is expected to make a number of changes to his side as Arsenal travel to Hull City for a replay of their FA Cup fifth round tie on Tuesday evening.
The Gunners boss has a number of players unavailable through injury and suspension, but will be hoping his chosen squad can make it into a 15th consecutive round of the FA Cup.
The two sides met for the third successive season in the competition last month, but played out a 0-0 draw at the Emirates to set up this week's rematch.
However, despite challenges for their respective league titles, they have both had a dip in form with the Gunners winless in their last five in all competitions and Hull also suffering defeat to Birmingham in the Championship last week.
The winner on Tuesday night will set up a sixth-round tie with Watford at home this coming weekend.
Francis Coquelin is among those who will not feature for Arsenal at the KC Stadium after the midfielder was sent off in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
He will be sidelined with a whole host of injured teammates, including Jack Wilshere (leg), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (both knee), Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny (both calf).
Hull manager Steve Bruce has also said he will adopt a squad rotation policy used in the FA Cup so far this season, and has a fully fit squad at his disposal for the clash.
The Gunners have won each of their last five visits to Hull in all competitions, scoring at least twice on each occasion.
Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in six starts in the FA Cup. His first goal in the competition was scored against Hull City in January 2015.
The Tigers have won their last three FA Cup games at home. They also won the only previous FA Cup meeting between these sides in Hull, though this was back in 1908.
Arsenal have never lost an away FA Cup match against lower league opposition under Arsene Wenger (W11 D4), last losing out to Sheffield United in January 1996.
Meanwhile, Hull are winless in 15 FA Cup games against top-flight opposition as a lower-tier side (D4 L11), last beating West Ham in February 1973.
Eldin Jakupovic made 11 saves in the 0-0 draw at the Emirates - more than any keeper had made against Arsenal in a match at home this season.
Arsenal have won 14 consecutive rounds of the FA Cup. The record is 16, which the Gunners jointly hold.
Arsenal are winless in five games in all competitions. They've not gone six without a win since December 1998.
Arsenal are marginally odds-on to progress with a victory on Tuesday night as Sky Bet make Hull 100/30 outsiders. With a draw after 90 minutes priced at 5/2, either side to prevail in extra-time is priced at 13/2, while a penalty shoot-out is priced at 5/1.
The Gunners are currently rated 100/30 second favourites to win the FA Cup, sitting just behind 3/1 favourites Chelsea, while the Tigers are the longest-priced side left in the competition at 50/1. Danny Welbeck heads the first goalscorer betting at 4/1 while Abel Hernandez is rated the hosts' main threat at 7/1.