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Chelsea F.C V Hull City F.C
Chelsea have faced Hull 45 times, they have won 31 of them, drawn 10 and Hull have only won 4 of them.
The last time Hull beat Chelsea was in 1988 down in League Division Two, since then Chelsea have won 11 and drawn 2. Last time out in the reverse fixture Chelsea won comfortably 2-0 with 2nd half goals from Willian and Diego Costa completing the scoring.
Chelsea’s record came to a holt a couple of games back when they lost 2-0 away at Tottenham but they bounced back with a 4-1 F/A Cup when over Peterborough the an impressive 3-0 away win against Champions Leicester last time out. They still sit pretty at the top of the table.
Antonio Conte has confirmed that Diego Costa is back in contention following his recent dispute with the club. The manager has also warned his players to remain focused as the Tigers have improved under new manager Marco Silva and they could punish any Chelsea mistakes.
Chelsea are back to full strength now John Terry’s ban has ended, however he is unlikely to make the starting line up for the game.
Hull City have only managed to keep one clean sheet all season and you feel if they are to get a result here they will need to do that here. They will also have one eye on their midweek tie in the semi finals 2nd leg against Manchester United, they recently lost 2-0 in the first leg. They did get through to the 4th round of the F.A Cup too with a recent win over Swansea. Last time out in the Premier League they managed a good 3-1 win over Bournemouth. They are currently 2nd to bottom in the league but a win will take them out of the relegation zone.
Marco Silva is under no illusions and understands the task he has in keeping his side in the Premier league but believes his players have the fight in them for the task.
Hull’s Snodgrass is doubtful with a muscle injury and they are without a host of others: Elmohamady and Mbokani (African Cup of Nations), Keane and Odubajo (knee), Henriksen (shoulder) and Bruce (achilles).
Chelsea are very short @1/5 with PaddyPower and William Hill. The draw is best @7/1 with a few of the firms and you can back Hull @20/1 with Boylesports if you fancy an outsider.
Chelsea to win to Nil is @ 31/40 with BetVictor and that is what I will be putting my money on.