PREM: Chelsea v Hull City preview


Chelsea v Hull City preview

Premier League leaders Chelsea will have Diego Costa available when they host Hull,.


The striker's future at the club appeared to be in doubt following a reported row with head coach Antonio Conte amid the backdrop of a £30m-a-year offer from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.

But after missing last weekend's 3-0 win at Leicester, Costa now looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge.

"I think the player wants to stay. He is very happy to play with us," said Conte. "This idea (the move to China) is far in his mind. He's happy to stay here and this is the most important thing for us."

Chelsea had little trouble beating Leicester without Costa as two goals from Marcos Alonso helped them return to winning ways after their defeat to Tottenham.

The Blues start the weekend seven points ahead of second-placed Spurs, who travel to Manchester City on Saturday evening, and third-placed Liverpool who kick-off the weekend's action against Swansea.

Hull remain in the bottom three despite beating Bournemouth last weekend in Marco Silva's first Premier League match in charge.

Silva, who has overseen two wins and a defeat since replacing Mike Phelan, said: "It will be difficult, but we will go there and look to compete.

"We will need to produce a good team performance. We will have to show our organisation and compete for the full 90 minutes."

Costa is available for Chelsea after a back injury but it is unclear whether he will return to the starting line-up.

Captain John Terry is also in contention following suspension, but is likely to be a substitute at best.

Robert Snodgrass is an injury doubt for Hull, having missing training this week due to a muscle strain.

He will be monitored by Silva, while recent signings Oumar Niasse and Evandro could make their full debuts. Midfielder David Meyler is hoping to be in contention after returning to training.


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