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Chelsea    v    Hull

    Barclays Premier League
    Venue: Stamford Bridge Date: Saturday, 15 August Kick-off: 1245 BST
    Coverage: Full commentary on BBC London online; BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, local radio, highlights on Match of the Day & live on Sky Sports 1


    Major summer signing Yuri Zhirkov will have to wait before making his Chelsea debut as he has a knee injury.

    England international Joe Cole and Paulo Ferreira are both still out with knee injuries while Juliano Belletti and Alex are doubts.

    Hull could give debuts to new signings Stephen Hunt, Kamel Ghilas, Seyi Olofinjana and Jozy Altidore.

    But they will start the new season without Ian Ashbee, Jimmy Bullard and Richard Garcia all have knee injuries.


    Suspended: None

    Doubtful: Belletti (Achilles), Alex (groin) Injured: J Cole (knee), Ferreira (knee), Zhirkov (knee)


    Suspended: None Injured: Ashbee, Bullard & Garcia (all knee)


    Chelsea have the honour of hosting the first Premier League match of the 2009/10 season, with new manager Carlo Ancelotti having already got one trophy under his belt in the shape of the Community Shield.

    The Champions League is definitely something I want to win at least once in my career but for me the Premier League is where we need to get to the consistency levels we had a few years ago

    Chelsea's Frank Lampard

    Former AC Milan boss Ancelotti is the fourth Chelsea manager since Jose Mourinho and has the task of becoming the first since "the Special One" to lift the Premier League title.

    Despite summer transfer speculation over the likes of stars such as John Terry and Didier Drogba, Ancelotti's squad looks settled with Russian Yuri Zhirkov the only big-name international to arrive at Stamford Bridge.

    Hull began their 2008/09 Premier League debut season like a train, winning six of their opening nine games, but ended it like a tractor, winning just two of the subsequent 29.

    Tigers fans weren't blessed with goals last season and manager Phil Brown bolstered his attacking options this week by signing Reading's Stephen Hunt and Algerian striker Kamel Ghilas.

    606: DEBATE

    Brown famously serenaded the Hull fans after the Tigers avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season but with Hull having never previously won at Chelsea, he may well find himself singing the blues on Saturday.



    • Hull have never beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in any competition. Their first visit there was in Chelsea's debut season of 1905 and was the first competitive fixture to be held at the ground. Chelsea won 5-1 in front of a crowd of 6,000.

    • Hull held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge last season. The game was Luiz Felipe Scolari's last in charge - he was sacked two days later.


    • Chelsea are looking for a sixth successive league win.

    • They have won their opening day league fixtures for the last seven seasons.

    • Chelsea scored first on 25 times in last season's Premier League, and won on 23 of those occasions.


    • Hull are looking for a first win in 11 league games.

    • The Tigers won more games away than they did at home last season when they had the eighth best away record in the Premier League.

    • Hull ended the season in miserable form, earning just three points from the last 30 available to them.


    Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka


    Anelka: 25 goals (19 league); Lampard: 20 goals (13 league)

    Hull City's Geovanni


    Geovanni: 8 goals (8 league); Turner: 5 goals (4 league)


    Referee: Alan Wiley

    Assistant referees: Shaun Procter-Green & Andy Newbold

    Fourth official: Phil Dowd


    Hull (L0-1 v Man Utd, h): Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Kilbane, Dawson, Garcia (Cousin 81), Marney, Boateng, Barmby (Mendy 68), Geovanni (Folan 54), Fagan. Subs Not Used: Duke, Hughes, Halmosi, Zayatte.

    Chelsea (W3-2 v Sunderland, a): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Ashley Cole, Essien (Kalou 65), Mikel (Mancienne 78), Belletti (Ballack 27), Malouda, Drogba, Anelka. Subs Not Used: Hilario, Di Santo, Sinclair, Stoch.


    Chelsea 0-0 Hull 7 February, 2009

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