Chelsea vs Hull City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Chelsea will hope to pick up a relatively rare win considering their recent form, as they host a relegation-threatened Championship side.
Last time: Chelsea won 2-0 in January 2017. Diego Costa and Gary Cahill scored the goals in a regulation home win for the champions-elect.
This time: Chelsea are 3/13 to win with Hull City at 18/1 and the draw 7/1.
You might remember: Hull’s only ever win against Chelsea, in October 1988. It’s far more likely you recall one of Chelsea’s 16 wins from the 23 meetings to date.
Chelsea's Last Six:
Won: 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 3
Tiemoue Bakayoko is available again following his recent suspension. Chelsea don’t have too many injuries at present, but as Barcelona are up next after this match, then you can expect a whole host of changes for the champions.
Hull City's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2
Hull’s focus is remaining in the Championship for next season, so they may also rest players here. Michael Dawson and Kamil Grosicki missed the win at Nottingham Forest last weekend, so are unlikely to be risked at Chelsea.
This is realistically a match both teams can do without, as they both have far bigger fish to fry this season. The pressure will be off, though, and a spot in the last eight of the FA Cup is still up for grabs.
Chelsea are 3/13 to win the match, and even in spite of their patchy recent form it would be an enormous shock if they don’t prevail. The Blues have one of the best home defensive records in the Premier League, and even a heavily rotated Chelsea side should have too many goal threats for Hull.
Hull City can be backed at 18/1, which makes them the longest priced away side playing in the FA Cup this weekend. They won at Forest last time out, but that was only their second league win on the road in 2017/18. They had lost five away Championship matches in a row prior to last weekend, and will surely lose again here.
The draw is available at 7/1. Neither side will want a replay, but that’s not to say it can’t happen. Only three teams in the Championship have drawn more matches than the Tigers this season, so perhaps Hull can force an unlikely stalemate.
Olivier Giroud is 7/2 to score the opening goal, or 19/20 to bag a goal at some point. With Alvaro Morata unlikely to be risked despite saying his back his fine, the former Arsenal man will probably be the Blues’ most likely scorer. He has scored 13 FA Cup goals in his career, and will be confident of adding to that tally here.
Jarrod Bowen is 6/1 to add his name to the scoresheet, or 18/1 to break the deadlock with a famous goal. He is comfortably Hull’s top scorer in the Championship this season, with 12 goals.
Predicted Score: Chelsea 2 - 0 Hull City
Look out for:
A lack of goals; under 2.5 can be backed at 13/8. There have been fewer than three goals in six of Hull’s last seven away matches. Chelsea will want to save themselves for their match with Barcelona, so will look to get this game won without cutting loose.
Chelsea to win to nil at 37/40. Four of Hull’s last six away league matches have seen them lose to nil, and only three sides in the Championship have scored fewer goals on the road. This should be a routine home win with a minimum of fuss for the Blues.
It’s a long shot, but:
Hull to win 1-0 at 35/1. Chelsea’s form has been very strange recently and they have lost heavily to teams they should be beating. With one eye on Barcelona and also not wanting a replay, Chelsea may let this one go if Hull are leading late on.
Written by Andrew Beasley
Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.