It’s another weekend of Premier League action. With 17 league matches to go, the battle for survival and league triumph will certainly go down to the wire. This weekend will see lots of interesting clashes with the possibility of teams swapping league positions after the games outcome.
For Chelsea and Hull City, it’s another weekend to prove their mettle for their different objectives.
For Chelsea, it’s all about taking a giant step towards league glory, while for Hull City, it’s about continuing their resurgence for relegation survival. Every team has its threats and strengths, so here are three things to expect in our game against Hull City:
THE NEW MANAGER EFFECT:
There’s usually something about the new manager effect: it inspires team performance. The players that weren’t in the team under the previous manager will be fired up to impress and show their worth to the new manager. It’s no surprise Hull recorded their first win in two months against Bournemouth under new manager, Marco Silva. The surprise scorer, Abel Hernandez was on fire with two well-taken goals that has certainly breathed life into this team. The players look motivated and ready to fight for survival, thanks to Silva’s motivational skill. If Chelsea will have to win Hull, then we must not underestimate them, but treat the game like a cup final.
AERIAL THREAT FROM SET-PIECES:
This is a contrasting element to both sides. While this happens to be Hull City’s strength, this is Chelsea’s Achilles heel. Chelsea have scored just three headed goals all season and have conceded three against Spurs and Stoke City. Hull possess and pose great threat with their set-pieces especially in the opposition half with Robert Snodgrass in their ranks. Chelsea must have their work cut out and squally match the opposition. We must contest and win every ball while also avoiding to give away unnecessary fouls in dangerous areas.
LIMITED SPACES WITH TIGHT BACK-LINE:
One thing Hull City will set out to do will be to limit the spaces for Chelsea’s triumvirate of Hazard-Costa-Pedro|Willian to operate by playing a tight back line. More so, expect them to go for more direct system by man-marking which means adopting our 3-4-3 formation. This will also mean that they will sit and look to play on the counter, thereby frustrating us and catching us on the back foot. Conte must find a plan to unlock their defence and force them into errors for us to win.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!