Chelsea predicted XI to face Hull City

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Jose Mourinho has been delighted with Chelsea's performances this season, and there's no reason why they can't collect another maximum points haul at home to Hull City on Saturday.

They will be without a few key names, midfielder Cesc Fabregas is suspended and Thibaut Courtois has been ruled out with a 'muscular injury' but the Blues still have a strong squad to choose from and Mourinho admitted in his pre-match press conference that he plans to rest all his players at certain points over the busy Christmas period.

"We are playing very well in almost every game, there hasn't been one bad performance," Mourinho told reporters. "We cannot do any more than we are doing.

"Cesc has been amazing for us but he's suspended for tomorrow so we don't think about him. We trust the other players."

Although Cesc is a big blow for Chelsea, at least Mourinho can welcome Nemanja Matic back into the fold after the Serbian missed the defeat to Newcastle last weekend.

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He should slot straight back into the team but John Obi Mikel did not do enough against the Magpies to keep his place this weekend. That means Mourinho should turn to the returning Ramires, who was on the bench last Saturday.

He would be the more attacking option, which is important in a home game against the Tigers, who will sit back and look to soak up the pressure.

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Up front, Diego Costa should continue as Mourinho said last week that it's important the Spaniard gets sharper, which means he'll likely give him more minutes to build up match fitness.

Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian were rested against Sporting in midweek, so should be candidates to return this weekend. As a result, expect to see Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle drop out.

Here's our predicted XI for the Chelsea team to face Hull City this weekend...

Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa

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