The Chelsea fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their clash with Hull City in the 5th round of the FA Cup this evening.
The Blues faithful propping up our bar in the tavern have been forced to watch on as their Premier League rivals all recorded positive results in the Champions League this week. Chelsea do not play in the European competition until they face Barcelona at Stamford Bridge next week in one of the most eagerly-anticipated fixtures of the last-sixteen knockout round.
However, Antonio Conte’s side will be looking to safely secure their place in the 6th round of the FA Cup before they face Barcelona by recording victory over Hull City tonight at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have never lost against The Tigers in a competitive fixture before, as they have recorded 9 victories from their 11 previous encounters.
With that to consider, Chelsea will seriously fancy their chances of progressing tonight and the players should be out to impress their manager against a side who are fighting to avoid back-to-back relegation’s in The Championship this season. One player who should be playing with a point to prove tonight is Alvaro Morata (valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt), as a poor performance from the Spaniard could see him dropped against Barcelona in favour of Olivier Giroud.
The former Real Madrid talent will be desperate to play against his former rivals in such a huge fixture for his new club, but his performances of late have given Conte little reason to trust him with a starting berth. On paper, Olivier Giroud is the second-choice striker behind Morata at Chelsea, but his accomplished performance against West Brom last Monday will have given his manger plenty to think about ahead of their Champions League tie next week.
Morata recently returned from a back injury to come off the bench for half an hour against West Brom, so it seems unclear as to whether he will be boosted to the starting eleven tonight. Regardless of whether he starts or makes an appearance off the bench tonight, Morata has to prove that he is mentally and physically ready to face Barcelona with an excellent performance, otherwise Conte will opt to start Giroud at the spearhead of Chelsea’s attack.