Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea v Hull

Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Chelsea's clash with Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday

Mark Lawrenson is tipping Chelsea to continue their march towards the Premier League title with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull City on Sunday.

Antonio Conte’s men responded to their critics in style with an impressive 3-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last weekend.

That result left the Blues flying high at the top of the Premier League table and seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Chelsea are the firm favourites to win the Premier League title this season and Lawrenson is expecting the Blues to do what it takes to win the game on Sunday.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Hull have a battle on their hands to keep their best players as well as stay up – Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass are both being linked with moves away.

“It appears new manager Marco Silva will get any money he raises from sales to spend on new players, but who is he going to attract to Hull in their predicament?

“By the looks of things, Diego Costa will be back in the team on Sunday and I think Blues boss Antonio Conte has done quite well with the way he has handled him, because it has taken him more than six months to have his first bust-up.

“The Tigers have won two of their last three games but it is a step too far to think they can challenge the leaders at Stamford Bridge.”

Chelsea have been in fine form since the appointment of Conte in the summer.

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The Blues’ improved displays this term are in stark contrast to their struggles last season, when they ended up 10th in the table and without a trophy.

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