Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Chelsea
Venue: KC Stadium – Sunday, March 22 – 16:00 GMT (12:00 ET)
Match Odds: Hull City 13/2 – Draw 100/30 – Chelsea 4/9
Hull City battle Chelsea at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Blues look to strengthen their case to be Premier League champions, while a win for the Tigers would further cement their place in the division for the 2015/2016 season.
Hull are looking to score their first goal against the league leaders since their promotion back to the Premier League.
Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back following their 1-1 draw at home to Southampton last weekend, whereas Hull are heading back to the KC after a 0-0 draw away at Leicester City.Embed from Getty Images
Six is the magic number in this fixture
Hull are on 28 points, only six points clear of the relegation places, compared to Chelsea who are six points clear of second placed Manchester City.
Six is also the number of games Hull have won all season, with four of those coming at the KC Stadium.
Chelsea have lost twice and drawn four on their travels this season, totalling six games in which they’ve failed to take all three points when playing away.Embed from Getty Images
Finally, since Hull’s promotion, the three fixtures between these two sides have ended in a 2-0 win for Chelsea, meaning Chelsea have scored six goals against their opposition since the beginning of the 2013/2014 season.
Hull City have recently been rocked by the news that striker Nikica Jelavic has been ruled out for six weeks after surgery on his knee. Robbie Brady and James Chester are out but expected to return after the international break. Tom Huddlestone will be suspended after his red card against Leicester. The good news for the Tigers is that Mo Diame and Liam Rosenior should return to the squad this weekend after long term injuries.
Chelsea on the other hand, have no fresh injury concerns with John Obi Mikel the only absentee going into this game. The Blues are likely to field the same lineup as the one that drew with Southampton last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/L/D/D
Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/W/D
Key Stat: Hull City haven’t beaten any team in the top of half the table this season as it currently stands.
Key Player: Eden Hazard – The talented winger is vital to Chelsea and always makes them tick. He will be hungry to carry on his goalscoring form against Hull having bagged two goals in his last two games against the Tigers.Embed from Getty Images
Hull City 0-2 Chelsea – Chelsea to cruise to a comfortable and routine win against Hull with the same scoreline they’ve beaten the Tigers by in their last three meetings.