Chelsea travel to face newly promoted Hull City in the Premier League later today, with the Blues in desperate need of three points to arrest their slide in recent weeks.
Antonio Conte’s men came out of the blocks firing this season but a draw at Swansea has been followed by defeats against both Liverpool and Arsenal in their last two games.
— Hull City (@HullCity) October 1, 2016
The 2014-15 Premier League champions hope to be in the mix come May this season and if they are to challenge the Manchester and North London clubs this season, winning at Hull is a pre-requisite.
The visitors have named their starting XI to face Mike Phelan’s men, with two changes from the side that was beaten 3-0 by Arsenal last time out.
As expected, long-serving but out of form defender Branislav Ivanovic has been pulled out of the firing line, with Marcos Alonso getting his first Premier League start as a Blue.
Victor Moses gets a surprise start in the final third, with Cesc Fabregas making way to allow the Nigeria international to play.
Hull line up largely as expected and will look to make it difficult for their star-studded opponents.
Team to face Hull City: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Cahill (c), David Luiz, Kante, Matic, Moses, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 1, 2016
The KCOM Stadium outfit have held their own so far in the Premier League this season but a solitary point from their last four games will be a concern.
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Matic; Moses, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa.