On Saturday, Hull City will play host to Chelsea in what is set to be the KCOM Stadium’s biggest FA Cup crowd in its 17 year existence as The Tigers look to cause an upset against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. a game which could see the Tigers break a 47 year duck of beating top-flight opponents whilst being in a lower tier, the last time being in 1973 where West Ham were beaten 1-0 at Boothferry Park.
The Tigers come into this cup tie on the back of successive 1-0 defeats over Fulham and Derby County. In their last cup outing, though, City edged past Rotherham United in a five goal thriller to book a fourth round match up with this weekends opponents. While Chelsea, since seeing off fellow Championship opposition in Nottingham Forest in round 3, have endured a mixed bag of results in the league with their most recent game ending in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
This game could bring home debuts for new signings Malik Wilks and Martin Samuelsen, who both impressed after coming off the bench at Pride Park last weekend. Grant McCann will have to make some sort of reshuffle in his back line, as Jordy De Wijs remains unavailable, whilst Callum Elder is suffering from a minor injury problem. City fans, however, will be pleased to welcome back Kamil Grosicki after he missed the trip to Pride Park. Frank Lampard could be without Tammy Abraham for the trip to East Yorkshire as he sustained an ankle problem in Tuesday’s game against Arsenal, whilst the fitness of Reece James and Christian Pulisic is also being tested.
Classic Encounter: Hull City 2-3 Chelsea (22nd March 2015)
City played out a fascinating contest against title chasing Chelsea, while the Tigers were entrenched in a relegation dog-fight.
It was the worst possible start for City as after 67 seconds, Eden Hazard drilled a shot past Allan McGregor to give Chelsea an early lead. The away side were cruising 7 minutes later, as Cesc Fabregas found Diego Costa who curled a superb effort past McGregor to make it 2-0.
But then 2 minutes of complete madness changed the complexion of this game. A driving run from Andy Robertson caused havoc down the left hand side and his low cross was tapped in by Ahmed Elmohamady to give City a lifeline against the top dogs. Then just over a minute later, Thibaut Courtois’ attempt to play out from the back was punished by Abel Hernandez who had an open goal at his mercy to put City back on terms.
The Tigers could have completed the comeback midway through the second half as Courtois made a brilliant save to deny Gaston Ramirez a chance to score his first goal in front of The KCOM faithful, however, any hope was soon vanquished as Loic Remy’s shot squirmed through the legs of McGregor to present Chelsea with a well earned three points.
Hull: Long, Da Silva, Tafazolli, Burke, Lichaj, Batty, Irvine, Kane, Bowen, Grosicki, Eaves
Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Tomori, Christiensen, Emerson, Barkley, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pedro, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi
Prediction: Hull City 1-2 Chelsea
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