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Ipswich Extend Cole Skuse With A Three Year Deal

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Ipswich Town midfielder, Cole Skuse has signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at Portman Road until 2018 with an option to keep him at the club for another year. Cole Skuse’s next match for the The Blues will be his 100th appearance for the club. While he doesn’t get on the score sheet often, Skuse has a commanding presence in the midfield and has the comfort of being a leader for the rest of the men in blue. He has one goal to his name for Ipswich and a total of 5 assists since signing for the club in 2013.

Skuse previously played for Championship side, Bristol City, where he accumulated over 250 appearances and will be remembered with The Robins for securing a win over Barnsley and giving Bristol City another season in the Championship during the 2012-13 campaign.

Skuse led Ipswich to 6th place in the Championship last season but The Blues would be eliminated from Premiership contention when they lost to rivals, Norwich City in the semi-final Playoffs. Skuse hopes he can lead his side to yet another playoff at the end of this season, stating that his goal is to help Ipswich reach the Premier League while he remains at the club for the next three years.

“I knew my contract was up at the end of this season but the gaffer and the owner made it clear they wanted to keep me and I’m delighted it has been sorted and that my future is here for another three years.

“I’ve loved my time here. I never realised what a big club Ipswich is until I came here. The support the club enjoys is fantastic and hopefully we can get where we all want to be, the Premier League.”

While it isn’t an impossible task, the Tractor Boys will need to start gathering points throughout the Championship if they want to achieve Premier League status. The Blues currently sit in tenth position with 16 points after eleven games played. Skuse will put his new contract to work when Ipswich Town play Premier League rollercoaster side, Hull City at KC Stadium. The Tigers currently sit in seventh place with a three point lead over Ipswich. Hull City and Ipswich kick-off on Tuesday night, October 20th.

Manchester City vs Hull City Preview With Performance Index

Manchester City vs Hull City Preview 

Manchester City had Sergio Aguero to thank as they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Manuel Pellegrini’s men immediately hitting back after going behind to a poacher’s goal from Loic Remy.


Despite often going under the radar in comparison to some of his colleagues, Jesus Navas has been enjoying an excellent season so far. Not only is he joint-top of the City assists chart with six, he’s also recorded an impressive 1,225 sprints so far this season, another squad-best. This means that he has broken out into a sprint on average once every 1.2 minutes that he’s been on the pitch this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. Navas is 37/10 to score at any time this weekend with 888sport.com.

Another quieter performer, Martin Demichellis, has similarly been excelling this season. In fact, he’s been Manchester City’s standout defensive player so far this campaign, racking up an incredible 198 total defensive contributions (blocks, clearances, tackles won, interceptions) according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

Fernandino will most likely once again be key in the middle of the park for Manchester City this weekend, particularly in the continuing absence of Yaya Toure. The Brazilian attempted the second-highest number of tackles in the last round of fixtures with 12, winning 58.3% of them.

Hull face a stern test against the reigning champions this weekend as they travel to the Etihad following a demoralising 0-3 defeat at the hands of Newcastle last time out in the league. Steve Bruce will be looking to rally his men though as they prepare to take on some of the league’s best.

Jake Livermore will likely have his hands full trying to contain a talented Manchester City midfield this weekend, however his statistics suggest he will relish the challenge. He’s won a sterling 73.9% of his 92 attempted challenges so far this season, as well as 44 interceptions and 11 blocks.

Support for the midfield from the back will likely come primarily in the shape of Curtis Davies, the Hull centre-half producing some solid defensive statistics this season. To date, he’s racked up a squad-best 398 defensive contributions this season (blocks, tackles won, interceptions, clearances), a figure which also puts him behind only Swansea’s Ashley Williams (387) in the Barclays Premier League.

Midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady has been one of Hull’s most active players when on the pitch this season, and he will likely once again be put to the test this weekend if Manchester City look to dominate possession. It’s just as well then that he currently ranks fifth in the Barclays Premier League for total sprints with 1,303, at an average rate of one every 1.6 minutes he’s been on the pitch this season. Elmohamady is 20/1 to score at any time this weekend with 888sport.com.

Chelsea vs Hull City – Confirmed Lineups

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Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and Thibaut Courtois misses out from the starting lineup as the Blues look to recover from their St James’ Park blushes from last week. For Hull, Steve Bruce has made three changes with Rosenior, Hernández & Quinn, who are replaced by Robertson, Jelavić & Davies.

Here are the confirmed lineups:

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Filipe Luis; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa

Subs: Schwarzer, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba

Hull City: MacGregor; Chester, Davies, Dawson, Robertson; Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Elmohamady; Aluko, Jelavic

Subs: Jakupovic, Bruce, Rosenior, Brady, Ramírez, Quinn, Hernández.


Chelsea vs Hull: Team News, Lineups, Match Facts, Preview and Prediction

Mourinho To Rest Key Players

Chelsea gave some of their players a rest in their midweek Champions League clash against Sporting, which they won 3-1, to keep them fit for the Premier League clash, where they need to rebound from last week’s shock and move ahead before they throw away the lead they have forged at the top of the table after 14 matches. Hull will have taken hope from Chelsea’s unimaginative play last weekend and a tight game by Newcastle, which will help them keep Chelsea at bay, if not more. If they keep their composure and defensive shape to frustrate them this weekend.

With critics pointing to a possible fall from grace for Chelsea, and the surge of Manchester City, on the other hand, a mere win will not do for Chelsea. They will have to outclass Hull convincingly. Diego Costa will have to live up to the expectations this weekend, and Eden Hazard will have to get back to speed if Chelsea have any hopes of shutting their critics up. In the absence of Cesc Fabregas, the likes of Oscar and Matic will have to supply crosses and passes to the attackers so that they can beat a good defence consisting of James Chester, Maynor Figueroa and Michael Dawson among others.

On the other hand, Hull will be hoping that Abel Hernandez and Gaston Ramirez play well, especially in light of the disciplinary issues with Hatem Ben Arfa. Hull’s midfield has not been short on power with Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, but they have lacked an attacking push to pass the ball to Hernandez, which Thomas Ince will be hoping to provide. Beating a consistent defence with the likes of John Terry, Branislov Ivanovic, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta will not be easy, and Hull will struggle.

Chelsea are not likely to be beaten twice in the league in two games, and they are most unlikely to lose at Stamford Bridge. Hull’s task of keeping them at bay will be improbable, but not impossible to achieve, but at least six teams will be hoping that Chelsea can be stopped, if not all the remaining 19 of them.

Chelsea vs. Hull: Team News:

Cesc Fabregas will miss out after having picked up his fifth yellow card in the game against Newcastle, which will give Ramires a chance.

Hatem Ben Arfa is set to go back to Newcastle after getting on the wrong side of Steve Bruce, as he has apparently been frozen out of the team.

Chelsea vs. Hull: Match Facts:

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 10 encounters with Hull City in all competitions (W8 D2), including all six in the Barclays Premier League (W4 D2 L0).
  • Only once have Chelsea had more points after 15 games – 40 in 2005-06.
  • Mohamed Diame has scored four goals from just four shots on target in the league this season.
  • Allan McGregor, who saved a penalty from Frank Lampard in this fixture last season, has saved all three of the spot-kicks he has faced in the BPL. No goalkeeper has saved four consecutive penalties in the competition.
  • This is Hull’s worst start to a campaign, with just 13 points from 15 games, which is worse than the 16 points from 15 games in 2009-10, when they were relegated.

Stats from premierleague.com

Chelsea vs. Hull Possible Lineups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Thibaut Courtois – Branislov Ivanovic, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta – Nemanja Matic, Ramires – Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard – Diego Costa

Hull (3-5-2): Allan McGregor – Maynor Figueroa, Michael Dawson, James Chester – David Meyler, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Stephen Quinn, Gaston Ramirez – Abel Hernandez, Sone Aluko

Chelsea vs. Hull Prediction:

3-0 to the home team.