Wolves v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Wednesday 5th December 2018

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

 

 

After getting back to winning ways against Fulham at the weekend, tonight’s game takes us to Molineux to face a bit of a dejected Wolves side. It’s a bit of a turnaround for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who had a good start to the season but have lost five of their last six games.

Chelsea have obviously had the better season so far, coming into this game with just one defeat in the league so far, and yet, as the game against Fulham at the weekend demonstrated, we continue to make life games as difficult for ourselves as possible.

We don’t look in great shape compared to those directly above and even below us, and with City up next for us Sarri might need to give several players a bit of a break tonight, so if Wolves are going to turn their fortunes around, we might present them with a golden opportunity – that’s a scary thought though.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into tonight’s game, Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says “A team is like a player, it has ups and downs.  You have to find solutions to help them and give them good advice and work with them. It doesn’t have to do with confidence, it has to do with so many aspects of the game – technical, tactical, mental – and we have to solve it. We have had a block of games with mistakes, from a team which is still growing. When the results don’t come, what is important is how you approach the situation.”

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri meanwhile, says “I expect a very difficult match because they are a very technical team. They have a lot of players who are very technical. So they were unlucky in the last few matches, I think, but it’s not really very easy to play there.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Wolves, Ruben Neves serves a one-game ban and Jonny Otto (knee) remains out.

For Chelsea, Mateo Kovacic (ankle) and Marcos Alonso (back) are both doubts and with Man City coming up at the weekend, Sarri might have to consider making some changes from his usual selection anyway.

 

TEAMS

WOLVES (Possible line-up): Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss, Vinagre; Jota, Costa, Jimenez

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hazard

 

LAST MEETING

Wolves 0-2 Chelsea (18 February 2017) FA Cup

 

CURRENT FORM (PL)

WOLVES: LLLDLL

CHELSEA: DWWDLW

 

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea have won the last four meetings in league and cup
  • Wolves’ only win against Chelsea in a Premier League game was at Molineux in 2011.
  • Wolves have been beaten in five of their last six matches.
  • All four of Wolves’ league wins this term have come against teams below them in the table prior to the latest round of games.
  • Chelsea have won seven of their last nine games in league and cup.
  • Chelsea have lost just one of their last 13 away league games against newly-promoted sides
  • Chelsea have kept clean sheets in four of their six Premier League away games this season.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Wolves 1-2 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Wolves 1-3 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Wolves 0-3 Chelsea


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