The Chelsea fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their FA Cup 5th round clash against Hull City this evening.
Antonio Conte welcomes Nigel Adkins struggling side to Stamford Bridge tonight with every expectation of securing their place in the 6th round of the FA Cup. The travelling Tigers have never beaten Chelsea in the entirety of their footballing history, as they have lost 9 and drawn 2 of their previous 11 encounters against The Pensioners.
The Hull City supporters will be hoping to secure a landmark victory in their club’s history and give themselves a huge morale boost in their bid for Championship survival this season. On the contrary, the Chelsea supporters will be fully expecting their side to emerge as comfortable winners.
In anticipation for their domestic cup clash, the Chelsea supporters have been discussing Antonio Conte’s potential starting line-up on Twitter, and the debate over whether Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud should start upfront has taken centre stage in these discussions.
Naturally, Chelsea’s Champions League tie with Barcelona next week is playing a significant role in dictating the opinions of the supporters who firmly believe Morata should be rested and kept fresh for their clash next week, as he has only recently returned from a back injury.
Olivier Giroud (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) was given the nod ahead of Morata on Monday night against West Bromwich Albion, and he impressed the supporters with his hold up play and his intelligent link-up with Eden Hazard, so it is no surprise that the vast majority believe the Frenchman should retain his place tonight.
Here’s what the Chelsea fans had to say about Olivier Giroud on Twitter…
Giroud will start and Morata next week..
— Neil Patel (@rappingyogi) February 16, 2018
45mins each I recon… personally think Giroud deserves to start after his 60mins against West Brom which was an extremely encouraging start to his Chels career.
— MH Blue & White Army (@MoratasHead) February 16, 2018
Giroud…. he combines with Eden well
— John Masika (@masikasimiyu) February 16, 2018
@talkchelsea Giroud should start till 75min before morata enters
— Korede Oladele (@parblo99) February 16, 2018
In other news, Conte said Bakayoko, Luiz & Barkley are out of the Hull game & he's got a "couple of situations" to check on. I expect to see Giroud start with Morata coming off the bench & Alonso rested again #cfc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) February 15, 2018
— Vena Mendez (@Esmeralinor) February 16, 2018
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