Kick-off: 1730, 25/01/2020
Stadium: KCOM Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Chelsea beat Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup fifth round a couple of years ago en route to lifting the trophy and will seek to tame the Tigers again in round four this term.
The Blues have to travel up to KCOM Stadium this time, but have picked up more points on the road than at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
We like 19/20 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our opening Hull vs Chelsea prediction.
A Look At Hull City’s Betting Odds
Hull are a mid-table Championship outfit who have suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses to Fulham and Derby in their last two league games.
After tasting defeat at Pride Park, manager Grant McCann said: “The Championship is a game of fine margins, there’s no mistake about that, but what I did say to our boys is we’ve lost 11 games and that’s not good enough.
“Yes, we’ve won 11, but losing 11 is not good enough for us and we’ve got to address that.”
McCann made eight changes when the Tigers won 3-2 at Rotherham in the last round, with Tom Eaves scoring a last-minute decider to complete his hat-trick.
City face a much tougher task here but they should keep trying until the final whistle and Chelsea have been vulnerable late on this term.
The Blues have let in 11 of 32 Premier League goals conceded from 75 minutes onwards, so 17/5 for McCann’s men to net between then and full-time appeals from the Hull vs Chelsea odds.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea will have been left frustrated by Tuesday’s 2-2 home draw with Arsenal in the top flight, when the Gunners were reduced to 10 men early on but twice came from behind, including an 87th-minute second equaliser.
The Blues also saw leading scorer Tammy Abraham limp off with an ankle injury, although Michy Batshuayi would probably have been given a run-out here anyway.
When asked if Chelsea could cope without Abraham, who has 13 Premier League goals this term, Frank Lampard said: “Yes, yes – we have the players there to do that.”
Lampard’s side are still nicely placed in fourth and they have been pretty effective in the first half of matches this season.
They have outscored their opponents 22-12 before the break in top-flight fixtures, compared to losing 19-20 after the interval.
Those figures change to 15-8 and 10-12 when playing away from home, so a fast start could be on the cards here.
Chelsea struck on six and 33 minutes when beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 in round three of this competition.
Let’s finish off our Hull vs Chelsea betting tips by taking 23/20 for the Blues to lead at half-time and full-time, plus 21/2 for a 3-1 away win.
Derby 1-0 HULL
CHELSEA 2-2 Arsenal – Jorginho (pen), Cesar Azpilicueta
Head-to-head: Chelsea 4-0 Hull, Chelsea 2-0 Hull, Hull 0-2 Chelsea
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