Saturday, December 15, 2018

Prediction: Wolves vs Chelsea

Harry Kettle in Free Soccer Predictions 4 Dec 2018

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Prediction: Chelsea win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: bet365

The Premier League is set to put on some midweek fixtures for the first time in what feels like forever, with one of the more intriguing games being Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea. Both clubs are in very different positions right now, which is ironic, as they were both riding high just a matter of months ago. The dynamic between the two should make for a really interesting game from a technical standpoint, with both teams possessing stars who could easily change the tempo of the game in a split second.

Wolves

Wolves started off their season with such promise, but they appear to be faltering with some fans growing increasingly nervous about the current state of their squad. While they could easily turn things around and while this could easily be a blip in the road and nothing more, there’s always the possibility of them sinking further and further down the table. Nuno Espirito Santo will do everything in his power to ensure that doesn’t happen, but there needs to be some kind of ‘plan B’ that is put in place in order for that to happen.

Team News

Ruben Neves is suspended for this one which could see Dendoncker being brought in, with Traore being expected to drop to the bench and Ryan Bennett being tipped to start.

Chelsea

Chelsea were able to bounce back from their recent defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, but they still find themselves looking over their shoulder in the race to secure a spot in the top four. Maurizio Sarri has done a solid job of steadying the ship since taking over at Stamford Bridge but there’s still a long way to go, and there are still many different factors of the English game that he needs to perfect. He’s well on his way to making the Blues title contenders again, but there are a few more steps required before they get to that point.

Team News

Barkley is expected to be favoured for a starting role ahead of Loftus-Cheek, with Willian being expected to return.

Factors to Consider

  • The game will be played at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium.
  • Wolves have drawn one and lost five of their last six games.
  • Chelsea have won four, drawn one and lost one of their last six games.
  • Chelsea lead 41-38 in the overall head to head standings, with 26 draws.
  • In their last meeting in February 2017, Chelsea beat Wolves 2-0 in the FA Cup.

Conclusion

Wolves have the kind of squad that will serve as a tough challenge for any team in the Premier League, and that’s no exaggeration. Unfortunately their recent run of form could easily impact them for many more weeks to come, and it’s all about getting them out of the clear rut that they appear to find themselves in. In terms of this game we just can’t see beyond a comprehensive Chelsea win, and we think they’re going to score early before setting off on a masterclass that ends in a 3-0 victory for the visitors.

Prediction: Chelsea win

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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