Hull welcome Chelsea to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday for their FA Cup fourth round tie. We preview the clash and the bets to keep an eye on. 

Chelsea won’t face a hullaballoo

It’s unlikely Hull will cause too much of a hullaballoo in Chelsea’s bid to make it to the the fifth round of football’s oldest cup competition. While the visitors haven’t exactly had the most consistent season, their squad is packed with talent. Mid-table Championship side Hull shouldn’t really pose too much of a problem.

Chelsea have made it through 49 of their last 51 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides and haven’t lost away from home since 2008, against Barnsley. It’s little wonder they make the trip up north as 4/9 favourites to take the victory back south.

The Blues dominate the head-to-head statistics, currently leading 17-2 on aggregate across the last seven meetings. This match comes at an ideal time for the London club, who will wish to pick themselves up after failing to take all three points against Arsenal last time out in the Premier League, despite playing much of the game with an extra man.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been directly involved in four goals in his three FA Cup starts, recording two goals and two assists. All three of those starts came against Championship opposition. The winger can be backed at a potentially lucrative 19/10 for anytime goalscorer.

Hull are more bore than roar

Twelfth in the Championship with 11 wins and 11 losses, winning three and losing three of their last six games, Hull’s season to date is as average as they come. They have the home advantage, of course, and it’s no secret that Chelsea have been tested against deep-defending teams who force the Blues to break them down. Jarrod Bowen will be one of the instrumental men if Hull are to try and mount an upset. He has scored 17 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions this season and is 13/2 to be the first goalscorer for the home side on Humberside.

It’s a tough ask for Grant McCann’s outfit but they will probably be glad they aren’t playing at Stamford Bridge given their last trip there. Their visit to west London in 2018 saw them trounced 4-0 in the fifth round of the competition.

There are 28 league spaces separating the pair but an emphatic, rousing win on the road will still go a long way to cure any Chelsea blues. Meanwhile, Hull will be looking to put an end to a run that has seen the visitors not lose an FA Cup tie away at lower league opposition in 12 years.

Hull can certainly turn up on their day and we’ve all seen bigger upsets in the FA Cup. A cup run would go a long way in making something out of their season so don’t expect them to roll over. With that in mind, a Chelsea match result and both teams to score at 7/4 could be the way to go.

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