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Costa is mobbed by fellow Chelsea players after giving Jose Mourinho's side the lead against SouthamptonGetty Images

Chelsea travel to relegation battling Hull City on Sunday as the Blues look to open a six point gap at the top with Manchester City and Arsenal breathing down their necks.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 4pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

Overview

Hull City have lost only once in their last six fixtures and come into the game in ostensibly good form hoping to pull off an upset over their more decorated rivals. However, the Tigers have not managed a single win over Chelsea in their last seven encounters, losing five and drawing two of the same.

Hull will be without Tom Huddlestone, who is serving suspension and Nikica Jelavic who is out with an injury. They are currently 15th on the table with 28 points, three points clear of the drop zone.

Meanwhile, Chelsea find themselves only three points clear of Manchester City and four ahead of Arsenal in the title race although the Blues have two games in hand. Failure to get three points against Hull will put question marks on their ability to handle pressure, especially after their 1-1 draw against Southampton at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Diego Costa broke his goalscoring hoodoo but it was was not enough to clinch full points as the Saints rallied to force themselves back into the game and were unlucky not to claim full points themselves. Jose Mourinho will be hoping for Cesc Fabregas to find his best form from the first half of the season to help Chelsea secure the title as soon as possible, especially with a plethora of tough fixtures coming their way.

What managers say

Steve Bruce: "When you talk about the great managers Jose is going to be one of them. I have the highest respect for what he has done, what he has achieved and what he is. I believe he is box office, that we are better off with him in the Premier League, even though Chelsea were easier to take something against when he wasn't involved. They're coming to town and we'll have to play at our best."

Jose Mourinho: "Hull are fighting for survival, we are fighting for the title," he added. "I don't think there is a big difference - and we must be ready. I keep a watch instead of medals. When I finish a season with a trophy that season is represented with a watch. Now I want to carry on and enjoy many more years because I am still young."

Betting odds (888Sport.com)

  • Hull City win: 29/4
  • Draw: 57/17
  • Chelsea win: 5/11

Team news

Hull City

Possible XI: McGregor; Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady; Livermore, Mayler, Ramirez, Robertson; Hernandez, N'Doye.

Chelsea

Possible XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.