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Goals aplenty at the KC as Hull and Chelsea lock horns

| 01.01.2014

Both of these formerly safety-first sides have ditched their cautious identity in favour of a flashier, attractive alternative and this will make for a flash flood of goals at the KC.

Chelsea will be the benefactor come the final whistle, as their match odds of 8/13 correctly insinuate, though Hull – a mammoth 5/1 for victory – can run them close, meaning the 11/4-rated draw cannot be completely discounted.

Prior to December, the Tigers had played seven games at home. In five of these they bagged exactly one and failed to score in the two remainders.

They nailed their advent calendar to the wall on the first day of the 12th month and snapped that dour streak by smashing three goals past Liverpool that same afternoon. They followed it up with a blank against Stoke, but the two they got against Manchester United paved the way for a 6-0 landslide when Fulham visited.

The grand total scored in this indulgent December stands at 11 from four games, more than half plundered against big-hitting Liverpool and United.

Sharpened dentures in attack means they won’t fear the in-bound Blues, even though Jose Mourinho’s men have only failed to score fewer than two goals on their Premier League travels once in their last five road trips.

They’ve made three trips to Humberside this century, with two of these games yielding wins for the Londoners in combination with the 2.5-goal threshold surpassed.

A third notch on this particular bedpost is available to back at a very reasonable 13/8.

An interesting trend that promotes a punt on the away win to nil for those seeking a larger profit margin is that in four of the pair’s six meetings since the turn of the century have seen Chelsea keep a clean sheet, winning three of them.

A repeat of this dose is unlikely, but it pays at 31/20.

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James Middleton