Chelsea have a chance to quickly bounce back to winning ways after Tuesday’s disappointment with a trip to Hull City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Blues drew 2-2 with 10-men Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday, missing a chance to tighten their hold on 4th place. Frank Lampard will be expecting a better performance from his boys when they meet Hull City on Saturday.
The Tigers, meanwhile, are coming into this game on the back of consecutive 1-0 losses and have also lost two in a row at home without scoring a single goal.
Tammy Abraham is unlikely to feature after sustaining an ankle injury in Tuesday’s draw against Arsenal, with Reece James, Christian Pulisic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also ruled out.
Caballero is Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper and is likely to start against Hull in the FA Cup.
With James injured, Azpilicueta will start at right-back at KCOM stadium. The Spaniard will look to marshal his troops and get a win.
Christensen was a part of Chelsea’s defence that conceded twice against Arsenal on Tuesday in the league. The Dane will be raring to put in an improved display and keep things tight at the back.
Partnering Christensen at the back should be Zouma and the duo will have to be at its best to keep Jarrod Bowen and co. at bay.
Alonso was an unused substitute against Arsenal but with Emerson playing the full game on Tuesday, the Spaniard could get the nod at left-back for this game.
Kante had a poor game against the Gunners and lost his footing when Gabriel Martinelli ran towards him in the second half. The Frenchman hasn’t been at his best this season but must be given an opportunity in his usual role in order for him to get back the confidence.
Barkley’s inconsistency has always been a concern and he hasn’t nailed down his place in the first-team. However, Lampard could look to freshen up things in the midfield and hand him a start at Hull.
Mount’s form has dipped after a fantastic start to the season. But he still remains one of Lampard’s most important players and is likely to start at the weekend.
Pedro has fallen out of favour under Lampard since Willian’s upturn in form. However, Lampard could rotate his options up front by giving the Spaniard a chance on the right flank.
The teenage winger was on target in Chelsea’s win over Nottingham Forest in the last round of FA Cup and will look to guide his team over the line at KCOM Stadium.
With Tammy Abraham sustaining an ankle injury against Arsenal, Lampard should not take any risk with his first-choice centre-forward. Instead, he should go with Batshuayi, who needs goals to regain confidence.
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