The latest Chelsea v Hull odds, and up to date team news from Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho takes his first game in charge back at the helm at Chelsea.
The self-proclaimed “Happy One” Jose Mourinho will make his long awaited return to a Premier League dugout when Chelsea begin their bid to upset the Manchester established order with a home tie against Hull City.
Summer signings Andre Schurrle and Dutch star Marco van Ginkel are unlikely to start but could make their competitive debuts from the bench as too will Frank Lampard after he made his comeback from an Achilles injury in England’s 3-2 win over Scotland. The veteran midfielder has been struggling through the summer but looks to have suffered no ill-effects whilst on International duty.
Juan Mata and David Luiz are unlikely to feature as they over minor knocks that have restricted them in pre-season.
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With rumours of a move for Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba will get the chance to impress Mourinho although it’s likely that of the two only Torres will start with Hazard and Oscar in support in the 4-3-3 system that the former Real Madrid boss prefers.
Challenging Ba for a spot on the bench will be Romelu Lukaku fresh from his 17 goal loan spell with WBA last season. The Belgian is expected to get plenty of game time this season.
Hull meanwhile have been very busy in the transfer market with summer’s signings Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davis and Danny Graham all expected to start.
Midweek signings Tom Huddleston and Jake Livermore, signed from Spurs, are also set to feature along with another new signing Yannick Sagbo with the only absentee the injured Stephen Quinn.
Recently rebranded as the Hull Tigers, Hull City FC as they will be known as by the Premier League will be keen to get off to a strong start with their manager Steve Bruce claiming that 10 wins will be enough to stay up.
The former Wigan manager did not appear fazed at the prospect of facing the Europa league winners in their own backyard saying “We know what we are up against and we couldn’t have wished for a more difficult game, but that’s why we’re in the Premier League. It’s for days like this – to play at Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal. It’ll be huge, it’s been sold out for weeks and the return of Jose adds a bit to it.
“The important thing is we enjoy the challenge ahead. The one thing we won’t be is petrified of it. It’s a big occasion and there’s more excitement around the place than trepidation.
“You can quite easily go two months without a victory in this league,” he added.
“You can have six or eight games where you find it very difficult and I hope the experience I have had over the last 10 or 11 years will stand us in good stead.
“Make no mistake, there will be some disappointing Saturday evenings this season but I think we need to win 10 games.
This one kicks off at Stamford Bridge 16:00 GMT.