Hull v Chelsea Betting Tips & Predictions
Hull City are one of the few teams in the Championship with little to play for as we approach the end of January. The Tigers are stationed in twelfth and that means an eight-point gap between themselves and the play-offs after recent defeats against Fulham and Derby.
Grant McCann is doing a good job at the KCom Stadium and Saturday’s teatime clash against Chelsea is likely to see the ground pretty full, with supporters hoping that City can overcome Premier League opposition and claim a last sixteen berth.
Jarrod Bowen remains at the club despite pilfering seventeen goals this season, while Tom Eaves bagged a hat-trick at Rotherham in the previous round of the competition and could be given an opportunity against Frank Lampard’s team.
Lampard is no stranger to facing Championship teams after previously being in charge of Derby County and he will know what sort of challenge to expect from these second tier opponents.
It’s fair to say that Chelsea have suffered from erratic form in recent weeks and this game comes shortly after a midweek clash with Arsenal which means that several players are likely to earn a rest.
Ross Barkley, Michy Batshuayi and Pedro could be among those players to earn an opportunity to impress, with a makeshift team putting Nottingham Forest to the sword in the previous round.
However, it should be noted that the Tricky Trees themselves made several changes when losing 2-0 and perhaps Hull will be able to push Chelsea closer on the day.
We think getting with the Championship side on the Asian Handicap market could be the way forward, with punters able to back Hull with home advantage and a 1.5 goal start. It could be enough to keep the scoreline close.
Hull +1.5 @ 1.62 with bet365