Hull v Chelsea - Saturday 15:00
For the second week in a row, Hull were hampered by a red card at 1-0 down during the first half, though they were already struggling to get to grips with Liverpool's forward movement. Neither Arsenal nor Liverpool need an invitation to pass teams off the pitch when they have the numerical advantage and Hull spent both afternoons floundering and chasing the ball.
Chelsea appear vulnerable at the back at the moment, having conceded nine goals in their last four matches across all competitions and the absence of John Terry has exposed their over-reliance on the captain. In particular Cahill and Ivanovic have struggled, especially with pace, but were not helped by an uncharacteristically poor performance by N'Golo Kante in front of them against Arsenal. Many pointed to David Luiz's penchant for extravagance as the potential weakness at the back, but it has been more a lack of organisation rather than individual mistakes that have cost Chelsea in recent weeks. John Terry has declared himself fit for this clash and should help shore up their defence.
This is a game Chelsea need to win to keep the pace with their rivals, whilst Hull will look at any points here as a bonus. The hosts will make themselves hard to break down and this game represents a difficult challenge for Antonio Conte’s team. They were poor going forward against both Liverpool and Arsenal, and against the latter had their only significant shot on target six minutes from time. Eden Hazard has not performed with quite the same vim in the last couple of weeks and will need to step up for Chelsea to have a good season. However, with Terry back and likely unambitious opponents, we’re backing a narrow victory with Chelsea and Under 2.5 Goals at 4.1.