Will it be Hull or Chelsea that manage to break their 3 game spell without a victory?

Last updated: September 26, 2016 by John Kettle

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 15.00pm
Venue: KCOM
Coverage: Not Show
Home form: WWLDLL
Away form: WWWDLL
Last season: Hull 2 – 3 Chelsea
Competition: The Premier League

With both teams struggling to find their form in recent weeks, this weekend’s showdown between 8th place Chelsea and 13th place Hull at the KCOM is set to be a fascinating encounter. Both sides have gone three games on the bounce without a win and will be fighting hard to get their seasons back on track. Chelsea were lacking intensity all over the field and looked seriously jaded in their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend. It is true that The Gunners have been in scintillating form of late and have been playing with the kind of pace and skill reminiscent of their 2003-2004 glory days – Hull have also recently suffered defeat to the Arsenal in what was a pretty comfortable 4-1 victory – nevertheless, disappointing performances from some of Chelsea’s key men in the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, and Diego Costa has meant that Antonio Conte’s side have been well below par in their last few outings. Hull have also been on the wane as of late; they’ve failed to recreate the kind of form that saw them make their bright start to the season and went down five goals to one last weekend against a Liverpool side full of confidence.

Although we are still in the early stages of the season, Antonia Conte will surely be feeling the pressure of three back-to-back games without victory. He’ll have to go back to the drawing board, sure up the Chelsea defence and restore confidence in his men if he’s planning on claiming a victory on the road at the weekend.

The same goes for Hull. Despite management uncertainties and a bucket load of injuries they made a bright start to the season that no one really expected. However, if this losing streak continues they’ll find it increasingly harder to keep their head above water and may well find themselves in the relegation battle come the end of the season.

Team News

Hull midfielder Shaun Maloney has been recalled to the Scotland squad ahead of their fixtures against Lithuania and Slovakia. He will be in action this weekend against Chelsea before joining the Scotland training camp next week.

Michael Dawson is now back in full training and is expected to make a a full return in the next few weeks. However the outstanding performances of Jake Livermore alongisde Curtis Davies in central defence may mean that he’ll struggle to get back into the starting squad.

After a disappointing performance in last week’s hammering against Arsenal, we’re expecting Fabregas to be pulled back onto the bench in favour of Oscar.

In an effort to sure up their defence, Chelsea were involed in talks with the young Burnley defender Michael Keane to try and secure a move in the January transfer window. Keane has, however, rejected Chelsea’s advance saying that he’s happy playing his football at Burnley.

Expected line-ups:

Hull 4-5-1: Marshall, Maloney, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Snodgrass, Huddleston, Clucas, Mason, Diomande, Hernández
Subs: Maguire, Meyler, Olley, Jakupovic, Mbokani Bezua, Keane, Henriksen
Injured: Odubajo, McGregor, Bruce, Dawson, Lenihan, Luer
Not available: Elmohamady
Chelsea (4-1-4-1): Courtois, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Azpilicueta, Kanté, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard, Costa
Subs: Begovic, Alonso, Fàbregas, Pedro, Moses, Batshuayi, Chalobah
Injured: Zouma
Doubtful: Terry
Not available:

So far this season

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Hull this season Chelsea this season
13th League Position 8th
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
2-0 vs. Swansea Biggest win 3-0 vs. Burnley
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
5-1 vs. Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-3 vs. Arsenal
Robert Snodgrass (3) Top scorer Diego Costa (5)
Curtis Davies (3) Assist Leader Nemanja Matic (2)
Y6, R2 Discipline Y17, R0
1 Failures to score 1
1 Clean Sheets 1
4 Both Teams to Score Games 4
3 Over 2.5 Games 6
1 Under 2.5 Games 0
  • Hull’s biggest defeat came last weekend against Liverpool at Anfield where they were beaten comfortably by five goals to one. The second was the week before at home to Arsenal where they finally went down with one goal to Arsenal’s four.
  • Hull have been very good in front of goal this season, only failing to score in one of all their Premier League outings so far.
  • Chelsea’s discipline has been far from exemplary this season; so far they’ve racked up 17 yellow cards. Spanish striker Diego Costa is one yellow card away from receiving a one match suspension.
  • Every one of Chelsea’s Premier League outings has proven to be a high scoring affair. The average number of goals per game is 3.2.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/03/2015 Premier League Hull 2 – 3 Chelsea  E Hazard 2′
13/12/2014 Premier League Chelsea 2 – 0 Hull E Hazard 7′
11/01/2014 Premier League Hull 0 – 2 Chelsea E Hazard 56′
18/08/2013 Premier League Chelsea 0 – 0 Hull Oscar 13′
02/02/2010 Premier League Hull 1 – 1 Chelsea S.Mouyokolo 30′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This one is set to be an all-out high-intensity affair. Both teams are desperate to avoid another loss and neither are afraid to press hard up front in search of goals so we’re expecting a high scoring fixture. Chelsea are quite rightly the favourites going into this fixture, so you won’t find many bookmakers offering a good value pay out for a straight-forward Chelsea to win bet. Why not try going for Chelsea to win with both teams to score? If you’re feeling particularly lucky, you could also combine this with Diego Costa to score first seem as though he’s been in fine finishing form this season. Head over to bet365 and place this bet directly where you’ll find some pretty good payout prices.