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Kick-off: Saturday 3pm

Venue: KCom Stadium

Chelsea will travel to the KC stadium on Saturday, at the back of consecutive defeats to Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.

It has been a turbulent September for Antonio Conte, whose side made a flying start to the season but ended up with just 1 point after their September fixtures, the absence of captain John terry and defensive errors compounded their struggles but they will be looking to return to winning ways at Hull inorder to gain grounds on title rivals.

Hull on the other hand have struggled since making a surprising good start to the season and were at the receiving end of a 5-1 drubbing from Liverpool.

Chelsea will go into the game with confidence, haven’t not loosed to Hull in the Premier League, winning six times and drawing twice.

John terry is still expected to be absent after another setback as well as Kurt Zouma who’s still on his way back from injury and Mikel who’s out with a muscular problem,these are the only notable absentees for Chelsea.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Chelsea XI

(Gk) Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpillicueta, Kante, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa

Hull XI

(Gk) Marshal, Weir, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Mason, Huddleston, Meyler, Snodgrass, Hernandez, Henriksen

MANAGER QUOTES

Antonio Conte speaking ahead of the game: “It is never good when you lose, but I think also in these two games we saw and learnt a lot of important things. We must work very hard to recover.”

‘We finished 10th last season – when you finish 10th it means you have problems. Now we are trying to solve this situation, but we haven’t got a magic wand.”

“We faced two teams who were very strong and for me, these two teams are now at the top. We have a lot to improve, but this is the hope we must have.’I see the present and the opportunity to improve, it’s not easy. But we know this.”

Mike Phelan speaking ahead of the game:

“You win, you lose and you draw, you have to take the good and the bad, but you have to beprogressive and I think we will be because I’ve seen signs of that.”

“I’m sure Chelsea will come here in a good mood because they are a top class team. I don’t see why they won’t be challenging for the title this season, there will be a few teams in that category as we’ve experienced in the last two weeks.”

“They’re very strong physically and mentally. A lot of questions have been asked about them in the last couple of weeks and strong teams will respond to that.”

“We can only do our own job and our own game plan. We have to try and execute that well and cause them issues to make them change their approach to the game. We have to be in the game to get something out of it and our players are more than capable of that.”

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Ruben Loftus -Cheek has revealed he looked up to Frank Lampard as his idol and inspiration while coming through the ranks at Chelsea.

Lampard who’s Chelsea’s all time goalscorer is adored by the fans and players alike and it’s no difference for the young Blue.

“Growing up in the youth team, the player I looked up to most was Frank Lampard,” he said.

“He was in the same position and he was a goalscoring midfielder. I looked at his game and I tried to replicate how he scores his goals.”

Loftus-Cheek was instrumental for England’s U21 team at the Toulon tournament and also scored in the final as they won the tournament and the 20 year old is looking forward to representing his country as a full international.

“It’s great being part of a group of players that are so talented and around the same age as me,” he added.

“I think the future of England is looking quite bright at the moment. You look around the Premier League teams and there’s a lot of young talent.

“We have to push those young players. Sometimes it’s hard to get game time as a young player but we have to push and hopefully we can play for England in the future.”

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Ex Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes N’golo Kante is still struggling to find his feet at Chelsea after his excellent performances for Leicester in their title winning season.

The France international initially made an impressive start to his 2016-17 Premier League.

But Kante couldn’t prevent Chelsea losing back to back games to Liverpool and Arsenal and Ian Wright believes Kante struggled in both games and insists it’s different for Kante playing for Leicester and Chelsea.

“Now Kante is in a team like Chelsea and we are starting to see little chinks,” Wright toldThe Sun Goals podcast.

“He was far too tight on Ozil for Arsenal’s third goal. He didn’t see the danger. That is something you couldn’t accuse him of last season.

“He is still finding his feet there. But there are worrying signs. Playing for Leicester and playing for Chelsea are two different things. Now we’re expecting performances from Kante. It’s the dreaded second album.”

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Bristol City coach Lee Johnson is delighted on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been named PFA Fans’ Player of the Month.

Over 30,000 votes were cast as the on-loan Chelsea striker beat off competition from Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey and Huddersfield Town’sAaron Mooyto land the prize.

Johnson told bcfc.co.uk: “It’s important we look after him, nurture him and ensure he improves and grows.

“If he produces and does get better and we enable him to make that step up then it will certainly be noticed in football.

“If that happens, who knows who we might be taking on loan next season? We’re trying to set ourselves up for the next Tammy Abraham.”

Although he doubts the possibility of the striker joining permanently but admitted he won’t rule out the chance on signing him if available.

He didn’t rule out a potential second season on loan, but added: “It’s still early days in his loan really and we should see it for what it is.

 He’s a bright, young player who has really hit the ground running.

“Who knows how things will pan out?Chelsea could go and sign five strikers in front of him or they could hand him a new deal and make him captain! Anything could happen in football.”

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After the defeat at the hands of a rampant Arsenal team,Chelsea have come under attack from former Blues striker Tony Cascarino.

 The former Chelsea player has singled  out Eden Hazard specifically as he accused the Belgian of failing to listen to Antonio Conte’s instructions. 

Chelsea were easily beaten  3-0 by their London rivals Arsenal, courtesy  of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi,andMesut Ozil goals.

He said, “There are a few Chelsea players who are playing for themselves. They are more interested in how they play but it is not helping the team.

 ‘You can certainly accuse two or three. Hazard would fall into that bracket.

He continued, ” We all know how good he is and how good he can be but I would say he is one of the players who did not follow instructions at theweekend. There were probably two or three others and you only need two or three others. Then your team is finished. You are going to get beaten. ” Hazard was very poor on the night as he was substituted in the 71st minute.

The former Chelsea striker also slammed Chelsea’s shambolic defense as he said, “Defensively, they are awful. I think you can question all the back four. Azpilicueta has not played anywhere near as well. Ivanovic has beenpoor for 18 months. Cahill has really struggled tobe the number one. David Luiz drops far too deep and keeps people onside. The goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as well just looks disinterested.”

Chelsea have now lost back to back games and sit eight on the premier league table.

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It was a day to forget for Chelsea as they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in the Premier League.

Chelsea went into the game at the back of a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and were desperate to get back to winning ways at the Emirates but a defensive error from Gary Cahill in the 11th minute allowed Alexis Sanchez to put Arsenal 1-0 up and the second followed after Bellerin teed up Walcott and Ozil finished it off with a fine finish to make it 3-0 in the first half.

Chelsea struggled to create chances in the second half with Hazard,  Willian and Fabregas all anonymous, Marcos Alonso, Pedro and Batshuayi came on for the aforementioned trio, the best chance fell to Batshuayi late on but he failed to beat Cech.

A first league win over the Blues since October 2011 moves Arsene Wenger’s team up to third in the table and Chelsea down to seventh in what has been a bad start for Chelsea after a promising beginning to the season.

Conte will be looking to make drastic changes and bring the team back to winning ways to avoid another catastrophic season.

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Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes Diego Costa will be a handful for the Gunners on Saturday when the two London giants clash at the Emirates.

Redknapp wrote for theLondon EveningStandard: “Didier Drogba isn’t around to terrorize Arsenal anymore but they have to prove Diego Costa has not become their new bogeyman.

“Costa came on forChelseain their EFL Cup tie at Leicester and his movement was unbelievable. He was virtually unplayable — some of the runs he made were superb and Leicester couldn’t cope with it.

“When he is focused, he has got that great ability of bending his runs brilliantly and timing his changes of direction to create space.”These days, he is looking like the kind of world beater he can be and Arsenal have it all on to keep him quiet if he turns up at Emirates Stadium on Saturday in that kindof mood.”

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Slaven Bilic has welcomed the draw against Chelsea in the EFL cup fourth round and is looking forward to the game after a shaky start to their season.

The Hammers luckily saw off Accringhton Stanley with their talisman Payet helping them scale through with a 1-0 win and have been drawn against the Blues at home in the fourth round.

“Chelsea at home is a great game,” Bilic said.

“Let’s say that it’s a very good thing for us is that we’re playing at home and that it’s a one-off tie.

“I’m expecting us to make improvements in the meantime. We have to earn a couple of good results and then the confidence will come back to us.”

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Chelsea have been drawn against West Ham United in the fourth round of the EFL cup.

The ties for the EFL fourth round are to start from October 24.

The irons will host Chelsea at their new Olympic Stadium and it’d be the first time the blues visit the arena this season.

Full Draw

EFL FOURTH ROUND DRAW

West Ham vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Arsenal vs Reading

Liverpool vs Tottenham

Bristol City vs Hull City

Leeds vs Norwich

Newcastle vs Preston North End

Southampton vs Sunderland

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David Luiz has paid tribute to a young fan he gave his shirt to after the Blues overcame Leicester in the second round of the EFL cup.

The amazing gesture shown by Luiz has attracted a lot of plaudits and admiration from fans and football lovers alike.

The blues star took to his social media handles to disclose his history with the passionate young fan.

“Great comeback lads! But I really want to say thank you, for this little boy in the pic! First time I saw him, he was running from the stadium until my hotel to say hello to me 5 years ago, and many others times until my home! He always was so respectful with me and many times he just want to say ” congrats for the game and good night ” , so last week after the game against Liverpool I was totally in shock, when I arrived at the hotel,I saw one guy running screaming my name and telling me to wait, and when I saw the ex little boy, now so big ,making the same action just to say to me, “we support u and the team, good night David” ! I just said tks God,to give me this job and opportunities to met people like this little boy,now a big guy! So, in Leicester the beautiful action was not my action to give him the shirt , the beautiful action was from him , to be there supporting us like always ! True Blue! Tks bro! God bless u and ur family#thebeautifulgame”. 

Luiz posted this image to accompany his heartfelt message.
Luiz posted this image to accompany his heartfelt message.

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