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STAR PREVIEW: Hull City v Chelsea

Chelsea might be frustrating blues with their inconsistency in the Premier League but Frank Lampard’s men can take another step forward in the FA Cup with victory at Hull today. The Blues made nine changes to their team for their third round tie at Nottingham Forest three weeks ago and ran out comfortable winners, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley scoring in a very comfortable 2-0 win.

Chelsea have had a tricky winter but one thing they don’t lack for is squad depth and along with Hudson-Odoi and Barkley, Lampard started Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori, Emerson, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Michy Batshuayi and Pedro – a starting XI that would be good enough to take on most Premier League sides.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if he started the same XI here for what will be a harder assignment at the KCOM Stadium, and it is a formidable one on paper. Hull’s manager Grant McCann made eight changes for their third-round trip to Rotherham but ended up needing to send in Jackson Irvine, Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen (Hull’s leading scorer with 16 goals this season, and a man to watch) to turn the tie around with the Tigers eventually winning thanks to a last minute hat-trick goal from Tom Eaves.

Since then Hull have lost twice, going down 1-0 to Fulham and Derby over the last two weekends. There’s no shame in those defeats – and we can expect a strong starting XI from McCann – but the side that Chelsea will bring over is going to be a step up on those teams and it’s got to be a slight worry for the hosts that Hull managed only three shots on target in those two games.

Hull City v Chelsea
FA Cup Fourth Round
Kick Off: 17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches, Since 2010)
FEB 2018 FA CUP Chelsea 4-0 Hull
JAN 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Hull
OCT 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Hull 0-2 Chelsea
MAR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Hull 2-3 Chelsea
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Hull
JAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Hull 0-2 Chelsea
AUG 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Hull

There’ll be a fearsome atmosphere at the KCMG which should make this a harder encounter than playing Forest was, but Chelsea have the Premier League’s third best away record and in seven of their 12 games on the road they’ve scored at least twice, and they can be too strong for Hull.

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