Chelsea will be coming into this game as more of the confident team after they returned to winning ways at the weekend with a 2-0 win over Fulham in the West London Derby.
Goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek beat a spirited Fulham side on Sunday.(https://abdhfootball.com/2018/12/02/chelsea-vs-fulham-2-0-match-report-and-player-ratings-article/)
Prior to their win on Sunday, Chelsea’s last Premier League win came on the 4th of November when they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. They were winless in 2 Premier League games before beating their West London Rivals at the weekend.
The Blues now travel to Molineux to face a Wolves side who have won just one point since September. Friday’s 2-1 loss to Cardiff was Wolves’s sixth defeat in seven games – only Arsenal have failed to beat them in that run – and they face Liverpool and Tottenham before the end of the year.
After a brilliant start to the season, Wolves have slipped down the table at a fast rate, and now will be looking to halt the downslide, with an inspired performance on Wednesday when the Blues come to town!
Wolves have down well against the top 6 so far this season, picking up impressive draws against Manchester City at home and Arsenal away so far this season, drawing 1-1 in both of those respected games. They also pushed Tottenham close when they lost 2-3 at the Molineux.
So this game isn’t a certain win for the blues!
form in the last 5 games
Wolves will be without the suspended Ruben Neves, after the midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.
Jonny Otto remains out for another month with a knee injury
Barkley is in line to return to Chelsea’s squad for the trip to Wolves after he missed this weekend’s game against Fulham with a slight ankle problem.
Chelsea’s only injury doubt for this game is midfielder Mateo Kovacic, after he limped off in Chelsea’s win at the weekend to Fulham.
Other than Kovacic, Sarri should have a full squad for the Wolves game.
Wolves’s possible line up- Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss, Vinagre, Jota, Costa, Jimenez.
Chelsea’s possible line up- Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Giroud, Hazard.
Manager/ Player Comments
Wolves- Nuno Espirito Santo
“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.”
Wolves Player- Romain Saïss
“I think it will be a hard game, because this season they played well with the new coach Sarri and they have a lot of good players, but we don’t need to think about all the good players of Chelsea.
“It is a good test for us, but we have to stay together. I know maybe Chelsea get the ball for this game and we have to stay compact and think about points because we need points.
“To get points we have to play well, so it will be very hard, but I think we played well against the big teams, like we did against City, Arsenal or United, so I think it is a good example for us.
“We have to give everything on the pitch to get at least a point.”
Chelsea- Maurizio Sarri
Sarri on Wolves: “I expect a very difficult match because they are a very technical team. They have a lot of technical players. They were unlucky in the last two matches, I think it is not easy to play there.”
Round up of Sarri’s press conference (Credit- @NizaarKinsella)
- Hopes Luiz-Cesc follow Azpi and renew deals
- Says it will be difficult though
- Alonso was injured vs Fulham Kovacic too but both fit
- RLC improving in his style of play
- Won’t talk about Pulisic
Head to Head record/ Match Statistics
These two sides have met 105 times in total in all competitions over the years. Chelsea have the better head to head record with Chelsea winning 41 times. There have been 26 draws between these two sides in all competitions. Wolves have won 38 times. So Chelsea don’t have a much better head to head record, they just edge it.
The last meeting between these two sides was in February (2017) in the FA Cup which ended 0-2 to Chelsea with goals from Pedro and Diego Costa helping Conte’s side progress to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Cup.
Betting odds/My Prediction
Betfair have made Chelsea favourites for this encounter on Wednesday at 7:45pm away at Wolves, with a Blues win being priced at 4/5. A surprise Wolves win is being priced at 4/1. A draw between these two sides is being priced at 14/5.
Other betting odds from Betfair
First goalscorer odds
- Eden Hazard: 4/1
- Olivier Giroud: 5/1
- Jimenez: 17/2
- Leo Bonatini: 10/1
My Optimistic prediction for this game is a 1-2 Chelsea win.
My realistic prediction for this game is a 1-0 Wolves win. I just feel like they may catch us cold and return back to form with a famous win over the blues at their home ground.
By Danyal Khan