Chelsea v Hull City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 12, 2018
Stamford Bridge - FA Cup
An under-siege Chelsea will look to avoid a major FA Cup upset when they host Championship strugglers Hull at Stamford Bridge on Friday night. The Blues seem to be sticking with Antonio Conte for now, but even a good cup run isn’t likely to save the Italian’s job.
Chelsea won both of the meetings between the teams when Hull were in the Premier League last season. Both matches ended 2-0 to the Blues, with Diego Costa scoring in each game. The Stamford Bridge outfit have won their last six against Hull, and are unbeaten in the 10 games the teams have played since the Tigers were promoted to the top flight in 2008.
Tiemoue Bakayoko returns from suspension after getting sent off against Watford and sitting out Monday’s game against West Brom. Questions persist over Alvaro Morata’s back, with Olivier Giroud ready to step in if the Spanish striker is unavailable.
Stephen Kingsley is back in training for Hull after a groin strain, while Kamil Grosicki and Michael Dawson are all being monitored from day to day. Abel Hernandez is nearing a return from an Achilles injury, while Ryan Mason has unfortunately retired after fracturing his skull against Chelsea last January.
Chelsea v Hull City Preview and Predictions
Despite all their recent struggles against opposition they’d usually be expected to beat, Chelsea still go into this FA Cup fifth round game as heavy favourites. Defeat against a Hull team who are currently 21st in the Championship and just a point above the relegation zone would be an absolute disaster.
With a huge Champions League tie against Barcelona next up for Chelsea after this game, not to mention a real dogfight for finishing in the top four in the Premier League, Conte will surely use this game to rotate a few players. The Blues boss has bemoaned his squad all season, but giving an opportunity to some of his fringe players is surely in order for this game.
Whatever team Chelsea put out will be full of internationals, and they start the game as 2/9 favourites to win the game inside 90 minutes. Hull are a massive 18/1 to cause a major shock, with the teams priced at 1/12 and 10/1 respectively to qualify.
The Tigers could also use this game as an opportunity to hand out the odd rest, considering they’re in real danger of suffering a second relegation in two seasons. Nigel Adkins’ side could take heart from Chelsea’s poor run of form though, and put in a spirited performance to claim a draw, which is priced at 7/1.
Chelsea to win to nil at 20/21
The Blues have outscored Hull 19 goals to four in the last 10 meetings between the clubs, and a third straight 2-0 win is priced at 6/1.
Giroud to score and Chelsea to win at 5/6
The former Arsenal striker has 13 FA Cup goals to his name and will be a threat to the Tigers defence if he’s given the nod up front.