FT: Chelsea 2 Hull 0

A winning start for Chelsea to mark the return of Jose Mourinho and what is expected to be a very strong title challenge. The Blues started superbly, created a hatful chances and could easily have been four or five goals up at the break. Credit must go to Premier League new boys Hull who grew in confidence as the game progressed but a real worry for boss Steve Bruce was the lack of clear-cut chances they created.

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Boyd tries his luck from 20 yards but his effort is well wide.

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We will have a minimum of two minutes added time.

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Schurrle tries to find Van Ginkel in the box but McGregor is able to gather.

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And the home side do just that - moving the ball across the field knowing that it's job done.

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Livermore is penalised for a foul on Cole which will give Chelsea the chance to play the ball around as we head for the final minute.

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The Tigers are now dominating possession but are still struggling to make an impression in the final third which could be a problem that will haunt them throughout the season.

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Hull continue to get men forward and they certainly do deserve a lot of credit for the way they did not allow their heads to drop after such a torrid opener.

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McGregor deals awkwardly with a back pass but Davies helps him out and the ball is cleared downfield and some of the crowd start heading for the exits.

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Oscar has probably been Chelsea's best player today - certainly in terms of his creativity.

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Chelsea's third and final change sees another new signuing in Marco van Ginkel come on for Oscar.

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Cahill fouls Brady and Hull have a free kick just outside the Chelsea box. Huddlestone whips it into the near post but it is headed clear.

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That was Chelsea's 23rd effort of the match - although only six have been on target.

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Lampard takes it and the ball flashes just wide of McGregor's far post.

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Boyd concedes a free kick 25 yards and this is real danger for the Tigers.

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Chelsea have a free kick just inside the Hull half but again play it short. Schurrle finds Lukaku in the box and his cross is headed away on the six-yard line by Davies.

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Hull make their final change with George Boyd coming on for Aluko.

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Hazard is felled and stays down after a challenge by Aluko but there is no free kick.

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Lukaku almost has an immediate impact as he plays Schurrle through and he clips the ball past the advancing keeper but it goes inches wide.

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Another Chelsea change sees Romelu Lukaku on for Torres.

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Hull's best effort of the match and had Davies managed to direct his header a yard either side of Cech then it would have been interesting.

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Hull have a free kick midway inside the Chelsea half. Brady takes it into a crowded box but Cahill heads clear. It drops to Elmohamady who puts it back into the danger area and Davies heads goalwards but Cech makes a good reaction save.

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Now it's Chelsea who are bossing possession and making Hull work hard to try and close them down.

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Lampard whips it in and although Ivanovic manages to get on the end of it, he can't get his header on target.

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Elmohamady clumsily brings down Hazard and Chelsea have a free-kick near the Hull corner flag.

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Cole is forced to mop up at the back as Aluko looked to threaten and it's Chelsea on the back foot at the moment.

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Hull are now looking far more confident but are lacking a cutting edge in the final third.

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Chelsea make their first change with new summer signing Andre Schurrle for De Bruyne who has had a solid match.

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Brady takes it and the ball drops to Sagbo whose shot is blocked and again penalty appeals are ignored.

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At the other end Brady gets in a dangerous cross that is headed out for a corner by Cole.

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Ivanovic powers into the Hull box and goes down after a tussle with Brady but the penalty appeals are waved away.

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Koren lets fly from 25 yards and his low shot is well held by keeper Cech - Hull's first effort on target.

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I thought more would have been seen of Torres as he surely needs a goal just to keep his place?

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Ramires tries to find Torres but McGregor comes off his line to gather.

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It has to be said that that game currently has a pre-season feel about it.

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Huddlestone's first contribution is an overhit pass aimed for Aluko, but at least he will be able to offer the Tigers something different.

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Hull make a doublke change with new signings Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone on for Meyler and Graham.

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Meyler does get the ball in the Chelsea net with a crisp volley but the whistle has already gone for a foul by Graham.

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Another good move by the home sees a shooting chance created for Oscar but he drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.

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Space opens up for De Bruyne 25 yards out and never one to refuse a shot he lets fly from 25 yards but it's well over.

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The signs are there that Chelsea are just getting back in their stride, knowing a third goal would virtually ensure they start with a win.

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Oscar runs across the edge of the Hull box and then tries to play in Ivanovic but the ball is cleared.

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A chance for Hull to get their foot on the ball and Danny Graham chases a long ball but is crowded out by Cahill and Terry.

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Ramires sprays a 40 yard pass aimed for Hazard but Elmohamady gets a foot in to take the ball away.

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Very quiet in the opening stages - both on and off the field.

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De Bruyne tries to head the ball into the path of Torres in the box but Davies is on hand to clear.

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Hull get the second half started and neither side has made a change.

Chelsea started the game superbly, went two goals up and it could easily have been double that. But credit for Hull who have improved and grown with confidence as the half has progressed.

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We will have a minimum of three minutes added time and Chelsea almost add a third when Ivanovic's header is parried by keeper McGregor who manages to claw it out and the new goalline technology suggests the ball was not over.

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McGregor makes a fine save to thwart Lampard as Chelsea look to finish on a high.

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It's fair to say the hosts have gone off the boil in the last 10 minutes, but credit should also go to Hull for not giving up the fight.

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Chelsea look to counter through Cole but the Tigers crowd him out by the corner flag and win the ball back.

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Still Hull look to go forward and to pull a goal back now would give them a massive lift for the second period.

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It's the best spell of the match for the visitors with Meyler letting fly from 25 yards but his effort is blocked by Oscar.

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Good possession form Hull sees them work the ball in the Chelsea half but Elmohamady and Brady both have crosses headed clear.

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Meyler is the first booking of a match for a clumsy foul.

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Elmohamady gets down the Chelsea right and gets in a cross which hits Cole but appeals for handball are waved away.

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More good passing and movement from the hosts sees Ivanovic played in by Oscar and his cross is gathered by McGregor just ahead of Torres.

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Ramires earns the hosts a free kick but Hull manage to get it clear before their goal can be threatened.

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There's now a subdued atmosphere in the ground despite the fact Chelsea are playing so well.

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Brady takes the kick himself and goes for goal but his effort is blocked by the Chelsea wall.

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Hull win a free kick 30 yards out after Robbie Brady is fould by Ivanovic.

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Ramires tries to pick out the run of Torres but the Spanish striker is flagged offside.

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Elmohamady elects to take it short and Chelsea quickly win back possession which has been the story of the half so far.

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The Tigers finally do enjoy some possession and win a free kick after a foul by Oscar on Meyler.

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Figueroa tries to pick out the run of Aluko, but Terry is in the right place to cut the pass out.

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Both are able to carry on and now Hull really do have a mountain to climb.

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A break in play with both Maynor Figueroa and Ramires needing treatment after a collision.

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Replays would seem to suggest that keeper McGregor should have done better to keep the ball out, even though it dip dip and swerve.

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GOAL! But Lampard does let fly and finds the top corner to put Chelsea firmly in charge.

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The hosts have a free kick some 40 yards out - after a foul on Torres by Chester - which might have interested David Luiz had he been on the field.

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Torres tries to pick out the overlapping run of Ashley Cole but overhits his pass and it's a goalkick for Hull which will ease the pressure.

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Hull manage to half a Chelsea attack but the ball arrives at the feet of De Bruyne who blasts over from 25 yards.

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De Bruyne gets another chance with Chelsea's third corner of the game but puts it on the roof of the net.

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Chelsea force a corner that is headed away at the near post by Ahmed Elmohamady.

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Koren leads a Hull break but De Bruyne gets a foot in to take the ball off him.

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Hull manage to string some passes together but lose it in their own half, but Curtis Davies intercepts to break up another Chelsea attack.

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Pateint build up from the hosts with everyone looking so comfortable on the ball in a dominant opening.

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Chelsea look hungry, determined and are fizzing the ball about in all areas of the field with Hull chasing shadows.

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The early signs are not looking good for the Premier League newcomers who could already be 3-0 down.

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Keeper McGregor excels again as he tips over a fierce shot from Lampard - just like he did at Wembley last Wednesday playing for Scotland.

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GOAL! The pressure does pay off as Hazard plays the ball into De Bruyne whose superb pass through a defender's legs picks out the run of Oscar who slips the ball past the advancing keeper.

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Hull are struggling to get time on the ball and as a result they have barely been out of their own half so far.

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Oscar plays a clever one-two with Torres but shoots horribly wide from 20 yards.

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As expected, Chelsea are having all the possession with Hull getting plenty of bodies behind the ball.

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Good passing on the edge of the Hull box earns space for Torres but his shot is blocked.

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Chelsea attack again and Hazard has a shot from inside the box blocked and is then penalised for handball as he tries to get the rebound.

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Should have been the perfect for Chelsea and Mourinho - when was the last time Lampard failed from the spot?

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But the former Rangers keeper makes up for his error and dives to his right to make a great save from Frank Lampard's spot-kick.

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PENALTY! Hull keeper comes out to challenge Torres and as he tries to punch clear he drops the striker to the floor - no protests about the award.

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Aluko gets a chance to get in a cross for Hull but it's an easy gather for Petr Cech.

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Eden Hazard is fouled some 45 yards from goal and Chelsea play it short and some slick passing works a shotting opportunity for Kevin De Bruyne who fires well over from 25 yards.

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Chelsea get us under way kicking towards what used to be The Shed End in the days when Stamford Bridge wasn't all-seater.

The teams are coming out of the tunnel and there are plenty of banners around the stadium welcoming back the "Special One" who gets a huge ovation when he takes his place in the dugout.

I'm Hull born and bred but I don't follow the Tigers - only one winner here and by a long way. I can only hope the Hull players can kick huge lumps out of the men in blue so my lot have a better chance of taking another three points on Wednesday night! If Chelsea don't score at least five they'll feel disappointed," says Andy the East Yorkshire Villan.

Gabriel Sutton says: "Hull will definitely put up a fight in their first game, and I don't think this game will be as comfortable as many Chelsea fans seem to be predicting. Think it might be goalless at half time, but Chelsea will have the strength from the bench to find a winner."

Charlie DesForges says: "I can't see how people think Hull will upset Chelsea. The Blues had a strong pre-season - only losing to Real Madrid. Easy 4-0 Chelsea. I think it's right that Torres starts. If he doesn't score in the first game then I think that could define his season. Mourinho won't put up with it like Benitez did."

"Can't wait for the start of what looks like an amazing season ahead of us. Nice to see king Jose back with us again, and I am glad he starts at the Bridge. Would have been nice to see Lukaku start today off the back of a great pre-season, but I am sure he will appear later on," says Matt Wise in Kent.

Abishaikh Biswanahf, a Chelsea fan from Southall, says: "Glad the special one's back, pleased with the new recruits he's brought in. 3-0 I say to Chelsea wikh Torres, Lampard and De Bruyne on the scoresheet today."

The full line-ups are now to hand - Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Ramires, De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard, Torres. Subs: Essien, Mata, Schurrle, van Ginkel , Lukaku, Ba, Schwarzer. Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Brady, Meyler, Koren, Sagbo, Graham, Aluko. Subs: Rosenior, Bruce, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Boyd, Harper. Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

"I thought Chelsea would run away with it but after looking at the starting 11 I can't see it being that clear cut - where's LUKAKU?" asks Conan from Cheltenham.

"I think Chelsea should have picked Lukaku instead of Torres up front because he had a brilliant pre-season - but Chelsea to win 5-0," says Scott Nolan from Southend-on-Sea.

"Can't see past Chelsea today. And with the greatest respect to Steve Bruce and Hull, I've put a cheeky £1, with Skybet, on Chelsea to win 7-0! Watch this space!" says Dan Rogers.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho marks his Stamford Bridge return by starting with Fernando Torres up front ahead of Romelu Lukaku in this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash with newly-promoted Hull. Almost six years after his departure and more than three since returning in opposition with Inter Milan, Mourinho hands Kevin de Bruyne his competitive debut behind Torres, with Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard started as survivors from the Portuguese's first spell. New signings Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore are left on the visitors' bench by Hull boss Steve Bruce, who gives debuts to goalkeeper Allan McGregor, defenders Maynor Figueroa and Curtis Davies and strikers Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo.

Harry Smith says: "Chelsea are far superior on paper and I can't see Hull troubling them today. My final score is Chelsea to win 3-1 although you can expect Hull to put up a fight."

"I think Hull will beat Chelsea today 2-1 hopefully. Steve Bruce is the man for us and with the recruitments of Huddlestone and Graham I can see City going far," says Josh Longden.

Elliott Cooper says: "I think that Mourinho did so well last time that expectations at Chelsea are so high they could be surprised if things don't immediately start well. I think newly promoted Hull - with a point to prove - could surprise here."

"Mourinho yet to lose a home game in the Premier League. Let's hope he brings back that siege mentality we seam to have lost since he left. Return of the King, love live Jose!!" says James McCann.

Liam Ferguson says: "I agree with Chris - nothing will spoil Mourinho's first game back in charge. I also think Chelsea have the best team in the Premier League - 4-1 to Chelsea is my prediction."

"I just hope that with Jose back the team will revert more to the 4-3-3 than the 4-2-3-1 as this will get the best out of Lampard who still has so much to offer the club," says Neil Cheesman.

Wayne from derby says: "Chelsea have had a great squad for a while I think but not had a manager that can maximise their potential until now. Hull had a great last season but I can't see Chelsea going in easy on them."

"I can see Hull spoiling Mourinho's return to the Bridge. All the pressure is on the Blues and I see Hull getting a 2-1 win with Aluko scoring for Hull. No pressure on from the boys up North and because of that can see a win for Hull - Tigers fan if you hadn't guessed!" says Anthony Fortnum from London.

John Abiwon says: "People are underestimating the Mourinho factor. I think we'll make the best start we've ever made to a season - 4-0 Chelsea."

If you fancy a flutter then our colleagues at Sky Bet have made Blues striker Fernando Torres to score first 5/1 from 4/1. Chelsea to win 3-0 is 7/1, with a 1-0 Hull win 50/1 and Danny Graham to score first at 22/1.

Chelsea's team: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; De Bruyne, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Hull team: McGregor, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Chester, Davies, Meyler, Koren, Brady, Aluko, Sagbo, Graham.

First opinion of the day comes from Chris Green in Huddersfield who says: "Hull were fantastic last season and they thoroughly deserve to be back in the top flight of English football. However, I can't see them spoiling Mourinho's first game back in charge if the Blues perform well."

Good afternoon and welcome to today's coverage of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and new boys Hull City at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's major summer recruit has so far come off the pitch with manager Jose Mourinho returning for a second stint at the helm after leaving Real Madrid. He will be looking for a winning start to the season against a Tigers side who have made some interesting signings - most notably keeper Allan McGregor plus midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Spurs. As always, your views on the game are very welcome so e-mail them to me at simon.crawford@bskyb.com and I'll publish the best ones.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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