Chelsea will take on Hull City in the weekend Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Where to watch

Kick-off is at 3pm GMT. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:30pm GMT.


Chelsea's unbeaten run in all competitions this season ended last weekend when the Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of 10-man Newcastle United in the Premier League. The result also dashed their hopes of finishing the season as the Invincibles, which was earlier achieved by their arch rivals Arsenal.

For the game against the Magpies, key midfielder Nemanja Matic was suspended and he will return for the clash against Hull. However, another integral player of the west London club's midfield, Cesc Fabregas, will face his one-match suspension against Hull.

Brazil international Ramires is likely to fill in the Spain international's position on Saturday, while John Obi Mikel will drop to the bench after starting against Newcastle.

Steve Bruce
Pressure is on Steve Bruce as Hull City are without a win in the league since 4 October Reuters

Meanwhile, Hull City are not enjoying a great run in the league as they are without a win in the last eight league matches, out of which they have suffered four defeats. Steve Bruce will be desperate to turn things around for the Tigers and the match against Chelsea is likely to be a tough task.

Hull are aware that Chelsea will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat and playing at Stamford Bridge will give Jose Mourinho's side a perfect opportunity.

What managers say

Jose Mourinho: "We don't fear anybody, but we know there are very good, strong teams in this competition. Last year we were close and we didn't have the team playing at such a high level as we do this season, so we can dream we will do it. But let's see if the sharks let us, because there are a few sharks in the ocean."

Steve Bruce: "You want to take on the best and they're as good as any team in Europe on their day. We got our scouting report back on them and under 'weaknesses' it said 'none'. Let's go there and enjoy it and see what we can do. They've arguably got the best coach, too. He's box office, the fella. Mourinho is bordering on being a genius. One thing you have to do is go and play well, that's for sure."

Betting Odds (

  • Chelsea to win: 1/6
  • Draw: 32/5
  • Hull City to win: 18

Team form


  • Last Five (all competitions): W D W L W
  • Last Result: Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon

Hull City

  • Last Five (all competitions): L L L D D
  • Last Result: Hull City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Team News

Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks glum during his side\'s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle Reuters


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Cesc Fabregas

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

Hull City

  • Injured: Mohamed Diame
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: McGregor; Chester, Dawson, Davies; Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Robertson; Jelavic, Hernandez.