How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Chelsea 1/5, Draw 11/2, Hull City 12/1 - Sky Bet
- First Goalscorer: Diego Costa (CHE) 5/2, Eden Hazard (CHE) 11/4, Pedro (CHE) 10/3 - Coral
- Correct Score: Chelsea 2-0 11/2, Chelsea 3-0 13/2, Chelsea 1-0 15/2 - BetVictor
- Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham may have ended their remarkable run of Premier League victories, but Antonio Conte’s men returned to winning ways with an impressive display against champions Leicester City. The club from the capital have lost just four games all season and seem to have made winning a habit, something that their Italian manager is more than accustomed to following his time with Juventus. Conte guided the Old Lady to 102 wins in 151 games, a record that he could better with Chelsea where he has won 80 percent of his matches in charge.
- Hull City’s return to the top flight has been anything but smooth sailing, but their fortunes look to have taken a turn for the better following the arrival of Marco Silva. The former Olympiakos boss has already presided over two victories at the KCOM, while a positive performance in a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final will have given the Tigers’ faithful something to smile about. The 39-year-old must now address his side’s defensive problems, with the East Yorkshire club shipping an average of over two goals per game.
Should results go their way, a win could see Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the table. Conte will certainly be willing his players to tame the Tigers as quickly as possible and an early goal could be on the cards. Coral have the Blues priced at 23/20 to be leading after 30 minutes, while a bet on Chelsea/Chelsea in the half time/full time market is available at 7/10. However, don’t expect the home side to have things all their own way, with a hard-fought 2-0 win looking like a decent bet at 11/2 with BetVictor.
This game could see the return of exiled striker Diego Costa. The 28-year-old was left out of his side’s 3-0 win at Leicester after reported interest from China, but has returned to the fold following positive talks during the week. Should the former Atletico Madrid man play, expect him to give the Hull backline a difficult time, with Coral tipping the prolific hitman to break the deadlock at odds of 5/2, while a brace or better looks good value at 5/2 with William Hill.
Hull have picked up just two points against Chelsea since the turn of the century, a run that won’t fill the travelling supporters with much confidence. However, with a new head coach calling the shots, Tigers fans might be able to cling on to a glimmer of hope. City are 20/1 to leave the Bridge with a famous victory, but a resolute draw might be the best they can hope for. A goalless affair looks very tempting at 20/1 with Paddy Power, while a 1-1 draw is priced at 16/1 with Bet365.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Chelsea to win 2-0 - 11/2 at BetVictor
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.