The air of invincibility surrounding Chelsea dissipated last week after they stumbled their way to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Newcastle United.
No team can win the Premier League title and following the defeat to Newcastle, the Blues certainly found this out to their detriment.
However, as a silver lining to the defeat – at least Chelsea will not have to deal with the incessant talks of going unbeaten all season and it will certainly be a monkey off the players’ back.
On the back of such a disappointing defeat, Chelsea will now undoubtedly be looking to bounce back and with struggling Hull City coming up next – Jose Mourinho’s men should be confident on getting the job done at Stamford Bridge.
That said, Hull City can prove to be a dangerous side on their day and Chelsea most certainly cannot approach the game in a complacent fashion.
Here is the Strongest Possible Lineup for Chelsea on the day –
Thibault Courtois was handed a well deserved rest for Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon in midweek and the young goalkeeper will surely make a return to the starting lineup on Saturday in place of Petr Cech.
Courtois has been superb so far this season and will have to maintain his good run of form against an unpredictable Hull City attack.
The usually rock solid Chelsea backline looked a bit shaky against Newcastle United last week and manager Jose Mourinho would most certainly not have been pleased with such a display.
With the Chelsea backline having performed so well this season though, Mourinho is unlikely to make drastic changes for the clash against Hull City.
Branislav Ivanovic should make a return to the lineup at right back while Cesar Azpilicueta will switch to the left after starting on the right during the midweek clash against Sporting Lisbon.
The imposing duo of John Terry and Gary Cahill are set to start in central defence and Cahill in particular, will be hopeful of returning back to his best after putting in a poor performance against Newcastle.
As a big blow for Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas will not be available for the clash after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Newcastle United.
On the bright side though, Nemanja Matic will be returning after sitting out the clash against Newcastle with a suspension.
In the absence of Fabregas, Ramires looks the most likely candidate to start alongside Matic at the heart of the midfield while Oscar will be deployed in an advanced role.
Willian and Eden Hazard will be deployed in the wide positions but the duo of Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah will also be in contention after having put in impressive performances in the midweek Champions League clash.
Diego Costa surprisingly played the entire ninety minutes against Sporting in midweek. However, considering his fitness problems, it was probably a wise decision by Mourinho to give the striker an opportunity get a run of games under his belt.
Costa looks set to lead the line for Chelsea once again against Hull City and the striker will now be hopeful of ending his mini goal drought.
The able duo of Loic Remy and Didier Drogba will be waiting on the wings if indeed things do not go according to plan for the Blues.
Via – Lineup Builder