Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has backed Chelsea to pick up all three points from the Premier League clash against Hull City on Saturday.
The Blues will head into the encounter at Stamford Bridge on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.
It was Chelsea’s first loss in the Premier League this season, but Merson predicts that Jose Mourinho’s side will return to winning ways.
“This is going to be a walk in the park,” he wrote on Skysports.com. “I can’t see anything other than a home win.
“Last week’s defeat at Newcastle was down to Matic not playing - it doesn’t matter how many world class players you’ve got, if one is not in that machine it makes a difference.
“I thought Hull were quite lucky last week – they got a good result at Everton and then drew 0-0 at home to West Brom who, had they scored the early penalty, would have gone on to win the game.
“At the moment Hull are struggling, which I am quite surprised about really. I think they are a decent team but Chelsea will have too much for them.”
Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen is of a similar opinion and wrote on Betvictor.com: “Hull have never won at Stamford Bridge in 20 previous attempts and I can’t see them bucking that trend at the weekend.
“The Tigers are without a win in eight and have only found the back of the net twice in their last seven PL games. It is hard to see past another home win for the Blues.”
Chelsea will indeed be most football followers’ favourites to win on Saturday. A quick look at theirs and Hull’s squads will show the gulf in class.
It will be interesting to see how Mourinho’s team start the match. If Hull get an early goal, then they could create a problem, but this should be an easy home win.