Wolves vs Chelsea Preview
Chelsea aim to continue building momentum as they visit the Wolves at Molineux Stadium on Wednesday night.
Wolves, however, are seeking for their first victory in seven matches. The West Midlands side sit 13th in the standings with just four wins this season. This, despite having great outings against top tier clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, including a tough loss to Tottenham 2-3.
Nonetheless, the Blues are coming off a much needed win against Fulham which keeps them optimistic despite being 10 points below leaders Manchester City in the standings.
Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo will be without midfielder Ruben Neves due to a on-game suspension after accumulating five yellow cards. In his place, Nuno will probably open the door 18-year-old Morgan Gibbs-White to get his first Premier League start.
Meanwhile, Maurio Sarri is set to keep his side fresh with several rotational moves. With Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso nursing some small injuries, it opens the door for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Davide Zappacosta.
Eden Hazard is in full form and may as well get a start against Wolverhampton.
Wolves Possible XI: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Bennett; Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Moutinho, Doherty; Cavaleiro, Bonatini, Jota.
Chelsea Possible XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Morata, Hazard.
Nuno’s side are an interesting yet competitive team. They have a really good mixture of players, however, opposing teams have managed their more active and tactical players like Neves and Moutinho. In addition, the Wolves have lost seven of their last eight Premier League matches against Chelsea. Their last win came at Molineux in January 2011.
However, Chelsea are coming to this game with pressure coming from fourth and fifth place opponents, Tottenham and Arsenal respectively, who sit with 30 points each. A stumble against the Wolves could easily sit them in fifth place at the end of the 14th Premier League week.
Wolves 1 – 3 Chelsea
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