Everything you need to know about our visit to Humberside in the FA Cup…
It’s round four of the world’s oldest cup competition and another teatime trip to the North-East, with this weekend’s destination the East Yorkshire port city of Hull.
When and where
The match takes place on Saturday 25 January in the 5.30pm evening slot at the KCOM Stadium.
Press conference info
Frank Lampard will be speaking to the assembled journalists at Cobham on Friday afternoon from approximately 1.30pm. There will be full coverage on this website, the 5th Stand app and our official @chelseafc Twitter. Here’s a look at the topics that could be up for discussion…
Latest from the treatment room
Several players will be the subject of fitness queries after a number of knocks sustained in our past two outings against Newcastle and Arsenal. Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury may perhaps be the most pressing of those after the England striker hobbled off the field at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Lampard is sure to be asked about our number nine’s availability for the cup tie, as well as the latest on Christian Pulisic and Reece James.
Building momentum and defensive strength
The Blues have not won more than two in a row since before Halloween and Lampard has spoken frequently about the need to find consistency in performances and results if our objectives are to be achieved come the end of the season.
Our promising back-to-back clean sheets against Forest and Burnley were swiftly undermined by a last-minute concession at Newcastle and sacrificing the lead twice against Arsenal, so the boss is likely to be questioned on his side’s recent defensive displays.
A trip to Hull brings back memories of a special Lampard goal scored at the KCOM in October 2008. It was our first-ever top-flight visit to the city and our number eight marked the occasion by opening the scoring after just three minutes with a beautiful left-footed chip from the edge of the box that sailed over the head of Boaz Myhill and into the far corner.
Over 11 years on, Frank may well be asked on where that strike ranks among his all-time favourites.
Latest Chelsea team news
After making nine changes for our victory over Nottingham Forest in the last round, Lampard will certainly be tempted to shuffle his pack again as we prepare for our ninth game in the past five weeks.
Pulisic will likely remain sidelined with the thigh injury that has kept him out since New Year’s Day, while there may be a question mark over the fitness of N’Golo Kante after the Frenchman was withdrawn midway through the second half of our midweek draw against Arsenal. Reece James missed the London derby with a knee problem.
Willy Caballero, Fikayo Tomori and Pedro haven’t featured since the Forest win and will be hoping for an opportunity for game time.
Latest Hull City team news
Midfield men Kevin Stewart and Jon Toral are expected to remain sidelined, as is forward Norbert Balogh. Stephen Kingsley, Jordy de Wijs and Kamil Grosicki could return for the Tigers.
Grant McCann’s men are outside Championship play-off contenders, currently seven points adrift of the top six, so will be carefully balancing their league and cup priorities for the visit of the eight-time FA Cup winners.
Top scorer Jarrod Bowen started on the bench for their third round win at Rotherham, though Tom Eaves deputised impressively with a hat-trick in the 3-2 win and could retain his place up front.
How to listen live
Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the 5th Stand app and this website, plus there will also be live text commentary on both those platforms.
How to watch live
The game is being broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK. Highlights will be available on the 5th Stand app from 12pm midday UK time on Sunday.
Matchday Live: Hull vs Chelsea will also return exclusively on the app, with a mix of live reaction to the team news and the match action plus analysis and debate throughout the evening.
Referee and VAR
Craig Pawson is the referee. He has taken charge of two Chelsea away fixtures already this season, which were our defeat at Everton in December and the victory at Arsenal three weeks later. There is no VAR as the game is being played at a Championship stadium.