Chelsea travel to Hull City this Sunday looking to move a step closer to securing the Premier League title.
The Blues went into this weekend six points clear of second-placed Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s men played yesterday and comfortably beat Tony Pulis’ 10-man West Brom, which put the difference between the top two sides back to three points, with Chelsea playing today.
Today’s game for Jose Mourinho’s side is massive. If they win today, they are six points clear, with a game in hand, with nine games to play.
Chelsea come into this game on the back of two home draws vs. Burnley and Southampton respectively, and recently crashing out of the Champions League to Paris Saint-Germain. Nevertheless, Chelsea will be going to the KC Stadium expecting a win.
Involved in the relegation battle this year, Hull City have gone three games without a win and desperately need those all-important three points.
Steve Bruce and his team are now three points above the drop zone, and need to start gaining points quickly. However, in the final month of the season, Hull come up against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur & Manchester United.
Hull’s record signing Abel Hernandez is set to return to the hosts’ starting XI today as Nikica Jeleavic has been ruled out for six weeks. The Croatian international has just had knee surgery and faces an extended spell on the sidelines.
Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, James Chester and Robbie Brady are all not expected to be in the matchday squad. Tom Huddlestone is suspended following his red card vs. Leicester City last week.
The only absentee for Mourinho is John Obi Mikel, who is still out with a knee problem. The midfielder is likely to be back for the side after the upcoming international break.
The Chelsea boss did mention in his press conference that a few of his players are carrying minor problems, which shouldn’t rule them out of the game at the KC Stadium.
Stats (By Opta):
In their last 11 meetings vs. Hull in all competitions, Chelsea have won nine and loss none (D2)
In his last two Premier League games vs. Hull, Eden Hazard has scored in both.
Out of their last 17 Premier League away games, Chelsea have only lost two. (W11, D4, L2)
Following their run of only one win in 11 BPL home games for Hull, in their last five at the KC, they have won three and lost one.