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Hull City vs. Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
22 January 2020
Saturday 28 January
KCOM Stadium – FA Cup
The Tigers haven’t had the best build-up ahead of their big game against Chelsea in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Blues are expected to rotate when they travel to Hull on Saturday but should have what it takes to overcome the struggling Championship side.
Hull probably couldn’t have been drawn against a more difficult opposition, as their record against the Blues is absolutely horrid. In 12 games against now Frank Lampard’s men, they haven’t won any of them and have only scored four goals. It means that Chelsea have played nine games against Hull keeping a clean sheet in the process. Five of the 12 games have ended in a 2-0 win and the last meeting between the two sides also came in the FA Cup. Chelsea triumphed in a thumping 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge almost one year ago in February 2019, when four goals before half time ended the tie early on. A brace by Willian, one by Pedro and one by Olivier Giroud made sure there was no contest after the break.
The home side are only without Angus MacDonald, who has been diagnosed by cancer and missing since September 4 this season. The centre-back should be the only player out of Grant McCann’s team ahead of the weekend’s game.
Christian Pulisic is currently out with a tear in the adductor muscle and is not expected back until February, meaning he will miss out on Saturday’s match. Marco van Ginkel is still out and the same goes for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Hull City vs. Chelsea Preview and Predictions
Chelsea have been struggling to keep their consistency under Frank Lampard and the young side has shown some lack of experience up against the ruthlessness of the Premier League opponents. Lampard would be looking to get through to next round of the FA Cup, but could easily side an even more inexperienced side against the team placed 13th in the Championship this season. An away win may be backed at 1.43 and it’s expected that Chelsea will continue their great record against the Tigers.
Hull were looking to reclaim their form and make a leap towards the playoff places in the second tier this season, but two recent setbacks haven’t really made for the best preparation ahead of the big game against a team from the top four in the Premier League.
Hull are yet to beat Chelsea in their last 12 meetings and have only drawn two of them, scoring four goals in the process. They enter the game after two 1-0 defeats against Fulham and Derby County respectively, but may be backed at 4.30 to keep Chelsea for a draw. Hull can be backed at 6.05 to cause an upset and send the Blues out of the competition.
Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest to advance in the FA Cup and before they lost to Manchester United last season, they won eight times in a row in the tournament and are expected to secure their 10th win in 11 games this weekend.
Chelsea to win to nil at 2.45
Chelsea have a great record of clean sheets against Hull and with the Tigers’ latest stats, it’s a hard ask to get a goal against a top side from the Premier League.
Total amount of goals Over 3.5 at 2.50
The Blues won their last meeting 4-0 and it could’ve been even more goals, as all of them came in the first half. The guests will be looking to get a boost after some unstable results and could use the game to get back some confidence with a big win in the cup.