CHELSEA v Hull: Preview

Date: Saturday 22nd January, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:30 GMT

Today’s game sees us play host to Hull City off the back of their convincing win against Bournemouth last time out.
Of course, our last game against today’s opponents was the start of our 13 game winning run and after our slip against Spurs, we’ll be hoping last week’s impressive performance against Leicester was the start of another successful spell.
Hull meanwhile have won 2 out of their last 3 in all competitions but have lost their last 8 away, so we’ll be trying to extend that to 9 for them as we go for our 9th successive home win as Costa and Conte rebuild the bromance.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says “If you think this type of game is easy you make a great mistake, and you can pay for it at the end of the season. Hull are a good team. They have changed the coach and usually you have a great reaction from the players.”
Hull manager Marco Silva meanwhile, says “It will be a difficult game at Chelsea. They are the best team in the Premier League right now because they are in first position. The only difference this week is that we have had more time to prepare ahead of the game. That is important for me and my players. They have had more time to work with my ideas and hopefully we will see the benefits on Sunday.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, Diego Costa is fit and happy again and John Terry is also available after suspension.
For Hull, Henriksen, Luer, Odubajo, Keane, Bruce, Elmohamady and Mbokani are all out. Robert Snodgrass (muscle) is a slight doubt but David Meyler should be fit. New recruits Oumar Niasse, Evandro and Omar Elabdellaoui are all available.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Pedro
HULL (Possible line-up): Jakupovic; Dawson, Davies, Maguire; Diomande, Huddlestone, Clucas, Mason, Robertson; Niasse, Hernandez

LAST SEASON
N/A

RECENT FORM (PL)
CHELSEA: WLWWW
HULL: WLDLL

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea are unbeaten against Hull in the Premier League (W7, D2).
~ Chelsea are looking for a sixth consecutive league win over Hull.
~ Chelsea have won 14 of their last 15 Premier League games.
~ Chelsea are looking for an eighth consecutive home win in the league.
~ Chelsea have kept 12 Premier League clean sheets this season, more than any other side.
~ Hull had their first league win in 10 games at the expense of Bournemouth last weekend.
~ Hull have lost their last eight Premier League away games.
~ Hull have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 19 Premier League games.
~ Hull have conceded 10 penalties this season
~ Hull have conceded 20 goals from set-pieces

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Chelsea 3-0 Hull
Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-0 Hull
Sportslens: Chelsea 3-0 Hull

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