The league leaders should breeze past Hull at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea v Hull – Sunday 16:30, Sky Sports 1
Chelsea returned to winning ways following their defeat at Spurs with a comfortable three goal win over Leicester. Whilst the defeat at White Hart Lane has narrowed the gap, Antonio Conte’s side remain seven points clear of Spurs and Liverpool at the top, and 18th placed Hull should provide little obstacle at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea have won nine of their 10 games this term.
New manager Marco Silva has had an instant impact on Hull, winning two of his three games in charge across all competitions (the other a defeat to Man Utd), and if he can mastermind further victories over bottom-half sides then the Tigers’ chance of staying up will improve immeasurably. However, they’ve lost each of their last eight road trips, failing to score in five of the last six, and have played each of the current top-six once this season, losing all of these games, scoring just twice and conceding 18.
Chelsea have both won and kept clean sheets in each of the three games they’ve played so far against promoted sides, including a 0-2 victory over Hull at the KCOM Stadium. The Tigers look set to struggle here with the greater injury concerns, particularly in defence with the absence of right wing-backs Ahmed El-Mohamady and Moses Odubajo. Should Hull line up with a back three as expected, Pedro, Willian and Hazard could be left with just one marker each, and we’re backing a Chelsea side with six clean sheets in their last seven to stroll to a steady win to nil.