Hull v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 1st October, 2016
Venue: KC Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees Chelsea take the trip to face Hull City but whether we hot-foot it to the KC Stadium or drag our heels is another matter.
Unfortunately, whilst we might have looked at this game as a dead cert for 3 points at the start of this campaign, the ghosts of last season have come back to haunt us in our last few league games. By ghosts, I mean Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic given they looked like extras from the walking dead against Arsenal last weekend. Although to be fair, with the exception of Diego Costa, any one of our players out there could have auditioned.
After last week’s disaster of a game, I noted Roman had hired Antonio Conte, not Paul Daniels and aside from someone kindly pointing out that particular magician wasn’t the best example to use, the Chelsea boss has also clarified he doesn’t even have a magic wand in his possession. So it would seem there’ll be no sprinkling of fairy dust from the dugout today and it’ll be up to our players to get their acts together. Magic Hat anyone?

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan, says “I wouldn’t say it’s a good time to face Chelsea. It’s the time to face them because the calendar says that. We are serious about what we want to do, where we want to go. It’s another game at home and we want to perform and make sure we give them a good game. It is important to pick up points in every game. We tried to do that against Arsenal, against Liverpool, but that wasn’t to be. We didn’t come out of it very well as far as conceding goals, but we have an opportunity with 11 men on Saturday. Hopefully we can stay with that and be competitive.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “It’s important not to forget the past, because the past is very clear. We finished 10th last season and that means there were problems. We don’t have a magic wand to change the situation in a few months. We must work hard together and we are doing this. We must understand that only through hard work can we close the gap.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Hull, Ahmed Elmohamady is suspended following his red card last weekend.
For Chelsea, John Obi Mikel (muscle) and Kurt Zouma (knee) miss out, whilst John Terry (ankle) still isn’t ready for a return so we’re undoubtedly in for a few more jangled nerves again this afternoon.

TEAMS
HULL (Possible line-up): Marshall; Clucas, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Mason, Huddlestone, Meyler; Snodgrass, Henriksen, Hernandez
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Ivanovic; Kante; Hazard, Fabregas, Matic, Willian; Costa

LAST SEASON
N/A

CURRENT FORM
HULL: WWLDLL
CHELSEA: WWWDLL

OTHER STUFF
~ Hull have only won four of the 44 meetings between the teams (all at home)
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in all 8 Premier League meetings
~ Chelsea have conceded just four goals to Hull in eight Premier League meetings
~ Hull have gone four games without a win
~ Chelsea are without a win in their last three league games
~ Hull have conceded nine goals in the last two games
~ Chelsea have conceded nine goals in their last four games in all competitions

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Hull 0-2 Chelsea
Soccerlens: Hull 1-3 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Hull 1-2 Chelsea

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