Hull’s bright start to the Premier League seems a distant memory after the past two weeks in which they have shipped 9 goals in two very heavy defeats. The mitigating circumstances could be perhaps that they faced both Arsenal and Liverpool but it gets no easier for them today with the visit of Chelsea.
Hull were always going to have a difficult time against Arsenal and Liverpool but they made the task harder for themselves after playing the majority of both games with only 10 men and in the process making a difficult task near impossible.
The club have still failed to name Mike Phelan or anyone for that matter as their permanent manager and Phelan went on record in the week to say that the terms of the contract keep changing and they are still miles apart in regards to agreeing terms
The longer this saga goes on then it can only be to the detriment of the team, it’s fair to say that new manager lift has worn off and the harsh reality of life in the top flight is really starting to hit home for Hull. Then again you could also say that the reality is starting to kick in for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
They were outclassed by a rampant Arsenal last Saturday evening as The Gunners ran out comfortable 3-0 winners. Gary Cahill was ran ragged by the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez and it was blunder that led to Arsenal going ahead and it was a mistake that Chelsea never really recovered from.
Life in West London looked great after the first three matches with Chelsea having a 100% record but the next three games have been a totally different story. An away draw to Swansea has then been followed up by defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.
What will be more worrying is the fact that they have lost to two of the nearest rivals if not for the title then certainly for the Champions League places. It seems as if this side is still very much a work in progress, but some hard work can be done today if they can bounce back and come away from the KCom Stadium with all three points.
Both teams come into this game lacking any real form but you would imagine with Chelsea having that extra quality throughout their team that they should have enough to outclass Hull and put an end to their run without a win. It’s a Chelsea victory for me.