EPL Preview: Chelsea vs Hull City, can the blues redeem their image?


Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady is suspended for the visit of Chelsea as a result of his red card last weekend.

Forwards Will Keane and Dieumerci Mbokani are pushing for their first league starts, along with midfielder Markus Henriksen.

John-Terry-Chelsea-001Chelsea defender John Terry remains out with an ankle injury, while midfielder Mikel John Obi is missing because of a muscle problem. Long-term absentee Kurt Zouma is three weeks away from a return.

Hull City has faced harsh realities in the Premier League overwhelmed by both Arsenal and Liverpool, shipping nine goals in the process.

“Chelsea have been well beaten by that pair themselves in recent weeks, halting early encouraging signs that Antonio Conte wouldn’t take long to sort out last season’s mess.

“A win at the KCOM Stadium will put them back on track. Defeat is almost unthinkable, especially as they’ve only lost four times to Hull in their history.

“But if Mike Phelan’s men can rediscover their early season form it could be another uncomfortable afternoon for Conte.”

images (6)Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte in a statement said, “It’s important not to forget the past, because the past is very clear. We finished 10th last season and that means there were problems”.

“We don’t have a magic wand to change the situation in a few months. We must work hard together and we are doing this”.

“We must understand that only through hard work can we close the gap.”

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Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan on discussions over a permanent contract said, “What needs to be resolved is the terms of the deal. It keeps changing.

“One minute I think I’ve got something and the club are happy with it and the next minute it changes.

“So it’s just a case of thinking about all these new changes that are on the table and making a decision.”

The premier league derby taking place tomorrow 1st October by 3pm, we expect to see a more determined and focused Chelsea side. They have had their own fair share of disappointment and they have also had a week on the training ground to try to put things right after being torn apart by Arsenal.

Hull have only won four of the 44 meetings and all four of those Hull victories have come at home, with the most recent on 25 October 1988. Chelsea are unbeaten in all eight Premier League meetings, conceding just four goals.images (9)

Hull City, after winning their first two league games of the season, Hull have now gone four games without a victory. The Tigers have conceded nine goals in the last two matches. Robert Snodgrass has scored five goals in his last four games in all competitions for club and country. The suspended Ahmed Elmohamady will miss his first Premier League game – he was ever-present in 2013-14 and 2014-15.download (1)

Chelsea are without a win in their last three league matches. They have conceded nine goals in their last four games in all competitions.The Blues have used 17 players this season, the fewest in the Premier League. Hull are the next lowest with 18. Diego Costa has been booked in four of his six league games this season._91440844_diegocosta5

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