Premier League: Chelsea v Hull City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge.

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The Independent Online

Chelsea will look to strengthen their grip on the Premier League title race when they host Hull City on Saturday afternoon. The Premier League leader’s 23-match unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt end by Newcastle last weekend and they are now just three points clear of second-place Manchester City.

Chelsea will be eager to reaffirm their league dominance, and bounce back from last weekend’s unexpected defeat. Jose Mourinho’s side will also be well aware that Manchester City will draw level with them on points, if they beat Leicester City.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last ten meetings with Hull City in all competitions, and have never lost to the Tigers in the Premier League.

Hull have not won a league match since they beat Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium on 4 October. Steve Bruce’s men have struggled to create and convert chances in recent weeks and managed just two goals in their last six matches. Hull slipped into the relegation zone last weekend, when they were held to a goalless draw at home to West Brom, and they are currently just one point from safety. 

 

KICK-OFF: 15.00

PAST THREE MEETINGS:

Chelsea 2 (Harzard, Torres) Hull City 0, Premier League, January 2014

Hull City 1 (Mouyokolo) Chelsea 1 (Drogba), Premier League, February 2010

Chelsea 2 (Drogba) Hull City 1 (Hunt), Premier League, August 2009

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Drogba has scored three times against Hull

STATS:

Loic Remy and Didier Drogba have both scored three goals in three Premier League matches against Hull City

Hull City have scored just two goals in their last seven games against Chelsea

Chelsea have won eight of their last ten encounters with Hull City

Mohamed Diame has scored four goals from just four shots on target this season

ODDS:

Chelsea to win: 1.18

Hull to win: 17.0

Draw: 7.0

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

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