Chelsea vs Hull City Prediction, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and football predictions for the match between Chelsea vs Hull City in the 1/8 finals of FA Cup.
Chelsea vs Hull City Match Preview
Chelsea and Antonio Conte got some breathing space with a win in the Premier League. Now that the action shifts to the FA Cup clash, can they ride on their form and win the fourth round or will Champions League be top of their agenda? This Chelsea vs Hull City FA Cup fixture will be played at the Stamford Bridge on Friday, February 16, so check out our Chelsea vs Hull City prediction and betting tips.
The 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday eased the pressure on Conte as it came after three losses in four matches for the Blues. However, the season will take a defining turn for Conte’s men in the coming weeks as their schedule gets crammed up. Trips to Manchester to play United and City are sandwiched between the two Champions League games against Barcelona. With the first leg against the Catalan giants scheduled for four days after this Chelsea vs Hull City game, Conte may choose to rotate his side. Chelsea’s home form in the recent matches is a mixed bag with the side bagging only two home victories in six matches (W2, D3, L1). Will they continue their resurgence?
What should give hope for the visitors is the fact that the hosts needed a replay to get past Norwich City in the third round. However, coming into this Chelsea vs Hull City FA Cup fixture, the Tigers have their own problems plaguing their campaign. None more so than the fact that they remain just one point above the Championship relegation zone. A deep run in the FA Cup will be a welcome change from the looming relegation battle, but are the visitors up for it? Their form has also improved in the recent matches with two wins in their last four matches (D1, L1) in all competitions. Away from home as well, they have picked up two wins in their last four trips (L2).
Chelsea vs Hull City H2H
Chelsea have won six of their last seven meetings against Hull, drawing the other. The Blues, however, have failed to win by more than two goals in any of these fixtures.
Chelsea vs Hull City Team News
Chelsea have some good news with players coming back to full fitness, although Marcos Alonso and Ross Barkley are expected to miss the game.
Hull have three Chelsea loanees who are ineligible for this encounter – Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori, and Michael Hector. Moses Odubajo and Abel Hernandez are the other casualties.
Chelsea vs Hull City Probable Line-ups
Chelsea: Caballero (GK), Ampadu, Luiz, Cahill, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Emerson, Willian, Pedro, Giroud.
Hull City: Marshall (GK), Lenihan, MacDonald, Dawson, Mazuch, Kingsley, Bowen, Stewart, Larsson, Clark, Dicko.
Chelsea vs Hull City Prediction
Chelsea will find it hard to overlook the fact that the all-important Champions League match is on the anvil. With a lot of bench-warmers getting a chance in this game, it is difficult to see how well they will respond. Considering the absence of personnel for Hull, the hosts are still the favourites to advance, but we are expecting a game of fewer goals.