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Chelsea look to keep the Wolves from the door

Last updated: March 7, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 14:05
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WWLWL
Away Form: WLDDW
Last Meeting: Wolves 2 – 1 Chelsea
Competition: EPL

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.


Team News

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.


Expected Line-Ups:

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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
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Wolves (3-5-2): Patricio, Bennett, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White, Saiss, Vinagre, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota
Subs: Ruddy, Doherty, Jonny, Neves, Traore, Cavaleiro, Costa
Injured:
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Chelsea This Season Wolves This Season
6th League Position 7th
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% Clean Sheets 24%
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).