Hopefully, tomorrow lunchtime we will face Hull City at the KC Stadium. The much talked about weather may be a problem, there is yet to be increased speculation or reasoning why the match may be called off, so we hope that at worse it’s just delayed. At the time of writing this, only our neighbours Fulham have had to cancel there match (Insert jokes on it being cold in our shadow).
December wasn’t our best month in the league this season, in six matches we managed two wins, three draws and a loss our, that nine point total was three less then in our four games in August, our form in the last six games is the sixth best in the league.
As it stands, we’re two points ahead of second placed Man United, and four ahead of Arsenal, who have a game in hand. The Tigers fortunes could barely contrast ours any more, they lie second bottom, four points off bottom spot. Such is the narrow gap in points at the foot, that a win for them could put them up to 13th if other results go their way. Phil Brown has been under fire and will be desperate for a win.
Drogba’s quest for the golden boot has been put on hold, currently joint top on 14, he won’t be with us again this month due to the African Cup of Nations, Essien, Mikel and Kalou are also away for it. Jose Bosingwa is yet to regain fitness, same with his ‘countryman’ Deco.
Anelka is expected to start, whether two goal Daniel Sturridge will accompany him remains to be seen, or maybe a change of formation is to be made. Malouda, Ballack and Joey Cole are all waiting on who will get the nod, Lampard the only midfielder who is surely certain of his starting place. Zhirkov, Matic and Belletti are the obvious choices for the holding role, although Ballack has slotted back there on occasion.
The defence is likely to consist of Ashley Cole, John Terry, Riccy Carvalho and Branislav Ivanovic. Alex started against Watford though and is now back in the fold.
The ever charismatic and truly hilarious Jimmy Bullard is out of action for Hull City with a knee problem, as is Ashbee. Both Cousin and Olofinjana are at the ACN. Hull have failed to win in their last six league matches, their last home match was a 3-1 defeat by Man United, and for their last league match they travelled to Bolton, where they drew 2-2. They were dumped out the F.A Cup 4-1 away to Wigan on the weekend.
The match in August was Carlo’s first at the helm and eventually finished in a 2-1 victory. We went a goal down when attempted murderer Stephen *unt scored for them, and Drogba equalised with a free kick eight minutes before the interval. With the second half at a stalemate and into injury time it looked like the points would be shared, until Didier’s cross somehow found it’s way into the back of the net, cruelly robbing Hull of a point. We had 26 shots at goal, with twelve of them on target, out of Hulls seven attempts, three were on target.
The referee is Martin Atkinson, who has yet to brandish a Red Card this season, our only two matches he has officiated this season have been the home wins against Liverpool (2 yellow cards) and Man United (6y). Last season he oversaw our 5-0 win over Sunderland (1y), the F.A Cup Semi over Arsenal (5y), and the 2-0 away win against Stoke (2y). The season before that he sent off Drogba in a 0-0 stalemate against Fulham, as well as our home League Cup match against Liverpool, sending off Peter Crouch, and our 1-0 away win to Everton in Sky’s unique Thursday Night Premier League Football Special.
Predicted Chelsea Line Up
Cech, A.Cole, Terry, Carvalho, Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, Sturridge, Anelka.