Chelsea look to keep the Wolves from the door
Last updated: March 7, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Wolves 2 – 1 Chelsea|
After a mini-recovery Chelsea, and Sarri, are looking to climb back into the top-four with victory against an always plucky Wolverhampton side.
Chelsea are looking to climb back into the top four with victory over Wolves. Being in 6th, albeit with a game in hand, is not ideal for the Blues. All of a sudden the two places left for the Champions League have become a four-team battle. With United, Spurs, and Arsenal all now legitimate contenders. Even so, after that League Cup debacle, Sarri’s team has shown its character, and have seemingly gotten behind their leader.
Wolves were languishing in 13th the last time these sides faced each other in December, yet Nuno Espirito Santos saw the need for change. Despite playing a 4-3-3 formation for the past 18 months, he switched things up, to a 3-5-2. This led to a victory against the Blues and a resurgence of form that meant Jiminez and Jota became a deadly duo, both scoring and assisting for fun. Wolves are now in seventh and are firmly in contention for a Europa League place.
Despite the pressure, Sarri maintains he is ‘relaxed’, and, with 10 PL games remaining it remains to be seen if he has what it takes. There can be no excuses, as Chelsea are fully fit, with the only absences being the forgotten one, Danny Drinkwater, and reserve player Marco van Ginkel. Chelsea will hope Higuain with continue scoring after adding his third goal for the club against Fulham.
Wolves also have a clean bill of health, with the only change seeing Rui Patricio return in goal in favour of England international, John Ruddy. The “Iceman” Ruddy had started the previous game in order to be prepared for Wolves’ upcoming FA Cup quarter-final clash. There has been no suggestion that he will take over the number one position permanently. Overall Wolves are having a fantastic season as a newly promoted side and will look to keep up their fantastic record against the top-six teams.
Hazard is the leading playmaker in the PL with 11 assists and looks to be back to his best form.
Joao Moutinho is the Wolves’ leading tackler with 90, and has has 7 assists.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will remain in goal, after returning to goal against Fulham.
Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have 19 goals in the past 15 games.
|Chelsea (4-3-3):||Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, D.Luiz, M.Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Higuaín, Hazard|
|Subs:||Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi|
|Injured:||Drinkwater, van Ginkel|
|Wolves (3-5-2):||Patricio, Bennett, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota|
|Subs:||Ruddy, Doherty, Jonny, Neves, Traore, Cavaleiro, Costa|
So Far This Season
|Chelsea This Season||Wolves This Season|
|17 (8)||Wins (away)||12 (5)|
|5 – 0 v Huddersfield||Biggest Win||3 – 0 v West Ham|
|5 (1)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|0 – 6 v Man City||Biggest Defeat||0 – 3 v Man City|
|Hazard (12)||Top Goal Scorer||Jiminez (11)|
|Y35, R0||Discipline||Y56, R1|
|7||Failures to Score||8|
|42.86%||Both Teams to Score Games||48.28%|
|34.48%||Over 2.5 Goals||60.71%|
|65.52||Under 2.5 Goals||39.29%|
- Chelsea have not lost to Wolves in their past five home games.
- Wolves can be the first promoted team since Charlton Athletic in 2000/01 to do the double over Chelsea with a win.
- Chelsea have only lost one of their 53 PL games against promoted teams at home.
- Wolves have the best record against the top 6 clubs out of the other 13 PL teams.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|05/12/2018||Premier League||Wolves 2 – 1 Chelsea||Loftus-Cheek 18’|
|18/02/2017||FA Cup||Wolves 0 – 2 Chelsea||Pedro 65′|
|25/09/2012||League Cup||Chelsea 6 – 0 Wolves||Cahill 4′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
A few weeks ago it looked as though Sarri would be getting sacked from Chelsea, but a mini-revival has seen them win two on the bounce. This could be a tough game, with Wolves proving to be formidable opponents. Even so, we foresee a Chelsea win, with both teams scoring, due to their leaky defences. Odds for this can be found at bet365 at 6/4 (2.50).