Hull have an almighty task on their hands if they are to arrest their slide down to table against Chelsea today. Chelsea have been in fantastic form since their 3-2 loss against Stoke and a victory will take them to the top of the table, at least until Arsenal and Manchester City play their matches.
Central to Chelsea's form over the festive period has been Eden Hazard. In his last three matches he has scored twice and set up goal. Throughout the season he has been instrumental to a Chelsea side that has often spluttered to victory.
Given Hull's good home form is based around keeping the middle tight, Chelsea will need Hazard and their other winger (most likely to be Willian) to be firing on all cylinders. As strong and rigid Hull are defending the middle, they are weak by the sides. Manchester United exploited this when they played Hull in December. Three of the goals they scored came via impressive play on the wings. When Liverpool first played Hull at the KC stadium, they were unable to fathom anything down the wings - Moses was terrible and Sterling had yet to kick into form yet - the result was a 3-1 defeat.
Chelsea normally attack through the wings anyway, further highlighting the possibility of a Chelsea inspired Hazard performance. What could let Chelsea down is their attack, whichever striker Chelsea call upon, they have a poor record: Torres has scored 3 in 15 Premier League games, Eto'o has 3 in 11 and Ba has 1 in 8. If they continue their profligate ways today, Hull's stingy defence will be more than happy to snuff them out.
However seeing as Chelsea are strong on the wings, they will get their far share of set-pieces and as screenshot two shows, Hull concede from many and Chelsea score from just as many.
As Chelsea have only conceded 2 in the last 5 matches and Hull do not score many, the probability of a Chelsea win is high.
Hull City 0-1 Chelsea