February 16, 2018

Chelsea v Hull - Preview and possible lineups


We take a look ahead to Friday's FA Cup fifth-round tie between Chelsea and Hull at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea: 'Blues' boss Antonio Conte will be without injured trio David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley for the game, whilst he is also expected to rest several players ahead of the midweek Champions League clash against Barcelona. Striker Olivier Giroud and defende Marcos Alonso will undergo last fitness tests on calf and ankle injuries respectively.

Hull: The 'Tigers' will have to make do without defenders Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori and Michael Hector, with all three on loan from the 'Blues' and therefore ineligible. Former Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson starts a two game ban, whilst skipper Michael Dawson (groin) and winger Kamil Grosicki (ankle) will both undergo late fitness tests. Markus Henriksen (ankle), Ondrej Mazuch (hamstring), Moses Odubajo and James Weir (both knee) all remain sidelined.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte:

"We have in front of us two weeks that are very tough.

"It's right to have a programme, to have a plan, to face these two tough weeks in the right way.

"At the same time, as you know very well, we want to try to go through to the next round in the FA Cup."

Hull boss Nigel Adkins on his selection problems:

"It gives other players an opportunity. I know what we're going to do, but we'll leave people to discover that when the teamsheet goes in 75 minutes before kick-off.

"It's a challenging scenario, and like I've said we will need a little bit of cup magic to help us."

Did you know?

This will be the first FA Cup meeting between the teams since December 1999.

Chelsea have never lost at home to Hull in all competitions (W17, D5).

Possible lineups:

Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Zappacosta; Pedro, Willian, Giroud.

Hull: McGregor; Lenihan, MacDonald, Clark, Kingsley; Irvine, Meyler; Bowen, Toral, Wilson; Keane.

We take a look ahead to Friday's FA Cup fifth-round tie between Chelsea and Hull at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea: 'Blues' boss Antonio Conte will be without injured trio David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley for the game, whilst he is also expected to rest several players ahead of the midweek Champions League clash against Barcelona. Striker Olivier Giroud and defende Marcos Alonso will undergo last fitness tests on calf and ankle injuries respectively.

Hull: The 'Tigers' will have to make do without defenders Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori and Michael Hector, with all three on loan from the 'Blues' and therefore ineligible. Former Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson starts a two game ban, whilst skipper Michael Dawson (groin) and winger Kamil Grosicki (ankle) will both undergo late fitness tests. Markus Henriksen (ankle), Ondrej Mazuch (hamstring), Moses Odubajo and James Weir (both knee) all remain sidelined.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte:

"We have in front of us two weeks that are very tough.

"It's right to have a programme, to have a plan, to face these two tough weeks in the right way.

"At the same time, as you know very well, we want to try to go through to the next round in the FA Cup."

Hull boss Nigel Adkins on his selection problems:

"It gives other players an opportunity. I know what we're going to do, but we'll leave people to discover that when the teamsheet goes in 75 minutes before kick-off.

"It's a challenging scenario, and like I've said we will need a little bit of cup magic to help us."

Did you know?

This will be the first FA Cup meeting between the teams since December 1999.

Chelsea have never lost at home to Hull in all competitions (W17, D5).

Possible lineups:

Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Zappacosta; Pedro, Willian, Giroud.

Hull: McGregor; Lenihan, MacDonald, Clark, Kingsley; Irvine, Meyler; Bowen, Toral, Wilson; Keane.