Hull City vs Chelsea 01/11/2014 Free English Premier League Soccer Pick and Preview
Hull City (6-5-9) Chelsea (13-4-3)
Saturday 11th January 2013 12:45 (GMT)
The Line: Hull City 5/1 Draw 14/5 Chelsea 8/13 See the Latest Odds
TV: BT Sport; NBC Sports
Hull City host Chelsea in the early game on Saturday, the Tigers have been excellant at home this seaon suffering only a couple of defeats over the entire season and both were quite unlucky, a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace after dominating the game and a 3-2 loss to Manchester United when Hull had taken a 2-0 lead. Overall Steve Bruce will be confident his team can give any of the Premier League big boys a game at the KC Stadium. The last couple of home games have gone over the 2.5 goal mark but in general Hull have done well at home by keeping the games very tight and defending well. I think we will see this approach again tomorrow as Hull look to stifle Chelsea's midfield and keep the game a dog fight. If they can accomplish this then their work from setpieces with Robbie Brady, Meyler, Dawson, Huddlestone could be the difference in winning or losing the game.
Chelsea are the jekyll and hyde team that keep killing me on calls. Just when I think they have turned the corner and are about to make a run for the league title they go and lose a game with an abysmal performance. Overall I think Mourhino has Chelsea moving in the right direction and right now they are my favourites to win the league as I think when push comes to shove Mourhino will find a way to blend his players and win when they have to. Torres is again showing glimpses that he is on his way back to his best, Hazard is currently the best player in the league and with David uiz relishing the defensive midfielder position Mourhino seems to have found a blend that works best for the current squad.
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I would love to take the under in this one, I think Hull's ability to frustrate teams and play a containing game will led this game in that direction but I just cant bet it with Chelsea playing. Chelsea have looked vulnerable at the back and Hull's ability from set pieces should see them net a goal or two. I think Chelsea will definitely get a couple here as they will probably need at least two to win this game and I think they will get the win. I'm taking the over here as I see Chelsea coming away with a 2-1 win. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo