New Hull City manager Marco Silva faces a tough test on Sunday when he takes his relegation-threatened side to runaway leaders Chelsea.
Silva may have presided over an impressive 3-1 victory against Bournemouth last weekend but the trip to Stamford Bridge is an entirely different proposition for a side that has not kept a clean sheet since August.
Only rock-bottom Swansea City have conceded more goals than Hull and it seems highly likely that the Blues will ease to another victory.
Antonio Conte’s side were sublime in their 3-0 victory at Leicester City last weekend, despite being without Diego Costa, as they bounced back in style from the shock of having their winning sequence ended by Tottenham. Another 3-0 win for Chelsea is priced 21/4 with the in-form Pedro available at 23/20 to score at any time.
Chelsea are looking to pick up their eighth successive home league win and, after Marcos Alonso scored a brace against the Foxes in their last match, it may prove worthwhile to look for another long shot to score on Sunday.
Hull showed great character to come from behind to beat the Cherries last weekend but Silva may decide to rest some of his first-team regulars and save them for next week’s crucial EFL Cup semi-final second leg encounter with Manchester United.
Hull’s injury list shows little sign of shortening with Allan McGregor, Shaun Maloney, David Meyler, Alex Bruce, Will Keane and Markus Henriksen all set to miss Sunday’s, match while Ahmed Elmohamady and Dieumerci Mbokani are on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Egypt and DR Congo respectively.
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