The first Chelsea home league game of 2017 is upon us. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician are ready to welcome the team against whom this season’s run of great form began…
Chelsea will hope the final match of the weekend will finish with a 12th win from the 13 games staged at Stamford Bridge this season. Confidence must be soaring again – the league leaders have now accumulated more points than all the bottom three combined.
One of that trio is Hull City and the Blues will hope to inflict their ninth consecutive away defeat in a row. The side from East Yorkshire have never won a league match at Stamford Bridge.
Sunday also offers the possibility of bagging a second double of the season, the first coming last weekend at Leicester. And the west Londoners have an impressive record against sides just up from the Championship, with a solitary note of caution prompted by the memory of last season’s shock home defeat by Bournemouth.