Chelsea’s Diego Costa scored in both Premier League fixtures against Hull in the 2014-15 season. TEAM NEWS
Hull’s Ahmed Elmohamady is suspended for the visit of Chelsea as a result of his red card last weekend.
Forwards Will Keane and Dieumerci Mbokani are pushing for their first league starts, along with midfielder Markus Henriksen.
Chelsea defender John Terry remains out with an ankle injury, while midfielder Mikel John Obi is missing because of a muscle problem.
Long-term absentee Kurt Zouma is three weeks away from a return.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Martin Fisher: “The harsh realities of life back in the Premier League have come crashing down on Hull, overwhelmed by both Arsenal and Liverpool, shipping nine goals in the process.
“Chelsea have been well beaten by that pair themselves in recent weeks, halting early encouraging signs that Antonio Conte wouldn’t take long to sort out last season’s mess.
“A win at the KCOM Stadium will put them back on track. Defeat is almost unthinkable, especially as they’ve only lost four times to Hull in their history.
“But if Mike Phelan’s men can rediscover their early season form it could be another uncomfortable afternoon for Conte.”
Twitter: @martfisher1 WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: “It’s important not to forget the past, because the past is very clear. We finished 10th last season and that means there were problems.
“We don’t have a magic wand to change the situation in a few months. We must work hard together and we are doing this.
“We must understand that only through hard work can we close the gap.”
I am expecting to see an angry Chelsea on Saturday. They have had a week to lick their wounds, and they have also had a week on the training ground to try to put things right after being torn apart by Arsenal.
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Hull have only won four of the 44 meetings (W30, D10).
All four of those Hull victories have come at home, with the most recent on 25 October 1988.
Chelsea are unbeaten in all eight Premier League meetings (W6, D2), conceding just four goals.
After winning their first two league games of the season, Hull have now gone four games without a victory (D1, L3).
The Tigers have conceded nine goals in the last two matches.
Robert Snodgrass has scored five goals in his last four games in all competitions for club and country.
The suspended Ahmed Elmohamady will miss his first Premier League game – he was an ever-present in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Chelsea are without a win in their last three league matches (D1, L2).
They have conceded nine goals in their last four games in all competitions.
The Blues have used 17 players this season, the fewest in the Premier League. Hull are the next lowest with 18.
Diego Costa has been booked in four of his six league games this season.
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