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Match Preview: Chelsea vs Hull City

The 2016/2017 English Premier League enters its 22nd matchweek and there are exciting and intriguing games to be played over the course of the weekend.

Chelsea host relegation favourite, Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 22nd January, 2017 at 16:30GMT.

The league leaders will like to extend their lead on the table and will know how many points they will be leading if they win on Sunday because they will be the last team to play in the matchweek.

STATS

Chelsea has won 14 out of their last 15 PL games and sit top of the table with 52 points, 7 better than 2nd place Tottenham Hotspurs.

Chelsea is yet to lose to Hull City in the Premier League and have won all the last 8 encounters between them.

Chelsea has kept 12 clean sheet in the PL, the most by any team in the PL with 11 of them coming in their last 15 PL games.

Chelsea has won 42 points since October 1 and have won more points than any other team across that period.

Chelsea after 21 games has recorded more points (52) than they did the whole of last season (50).

A win for Hull City, their first against Chelsea will see them move from the relegation zone amid other results go their way.

Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass has 7 PL goals aiding in 50% of his team’s total PL goals scored this season.

Snodgrass goals in the PL this season has won almost 60% of Hull’s total point tally at this stage.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea heads into the game welcoming back their topscorer, Diego Costa who missed last weekend game at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City.

After scoring a brace against Leicester City, Marcos Alonso will be playing as the wing back again in a 3-4-3 formation with Eden Hazard and Pedro (who also scored last weekend) flanking Diego Costa.

Hull City manager will have a full house to choose from and will count on star performer, Robert Snodgrass to do the damage at Stamford Bridge.

TACTICS

Chelsea are expected to line up in the usual 3-4-3 formation as deployed by Antonip Conte since October and have won the team 14 out of 15 games.

Hull will go with the 4-2-3-1 formation with Marco Silva deploying Robert Snodgrass as the decoy.

MANAGERS

Chelsea will be managed on the touchline by Italian, Antonio Conte while Hull City dugout will be taken by Marco Silva who recorded a win on his debut when his new team, Hull City beat AFC Bournemouth 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Catch all updates live on Sunday with coverage beginning 16:15GMT.

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