Friday, January 28, 2022

Prediction: Wolves vs Chelsea

Verdict: Under 3.5 goals

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to try and find some kind of boost this weekend, Chelsea will make the trip to Molineux on Sunday afternoon when they face off against Wolves.

Wolves

Starting with the hosts, while Wolves might have faced off against a heavily weakened Brighton side in midweek, the Oranges didn’t pass up on a golden chance at the Amex. Landing a 1-0 win on their travels, the mood in Bruno Lage’s camp should be at a high. Although the one-time Benfica boss might have seen his side suffer frustrating back-to-back 1-0 loss against Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City earlier in the month, they have gained plenty of plaudits after their rocky start. Opening this weekend’s fixtures sat eighth in the table and with some in their camp looking to mount a European charge, Wolves have also largely impressed with their displays on home soil. While Lage might be hoping for his side to find some stability in the final third, a 1-0 loss against Liverpool is their only defeat at Molineux from their last five outings. Although the Oranges should face a stern test here, they could be looking to cause an upset in the Midlands.

Team News

The duo of Fabio Silva and Yerson Mosquera have tested positive for coronavirus and will not feature on Sunday afternoon.

On-loan South Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan is doubtful because of an injury he suffered in the 1-0 win at Brighton last time out.

Chelsea

As for the visitors, while Chelsea might have thought that they had their own golden chance earlier in the week, Thomas Tuchel’s side had to settle for a disappointing point on home soil. Up against an Everton side that were without a host of first-team stars, the defending European champions could only play out a 1-1 draw against the relegation scrappers. Losing ground in the title chase, they open this weekend’s fixtures sat four points adrift of Manchester City and top spot. Struggling to find top form over the past three weeks, and with some sections of the Stamford Bridge crowd making their frustrations clear in midweek, the former PSG boss has seen his side win just a pair of their last six matchups across all formats. Knowing that they can not afford many more slip-ups, Tuchel will have a real headache over his side’s problems at the back. It should be noted, the Blues have failed to record a single clean sheet in their previous six outings, their worst run under the German coach.

Team News

Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante could be in line to make their return from issues at Molineux on Sunday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek picked up an injury in the Everton draw, while Jorginho’s continued back problems leave him a doubt for the Wolves trip too.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Wolves managed to take four points off of Chelsea last season, including a 2-1 victory at Molineux.
    • Chelsea have managed to win just a pair of their last six matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, the Blues have also failed to record a single clean sheet in any of those six outings.
    • Each of Wolves’ last seven Premier League contests have finished with under 2.5 goals.
    • Sunday’s hosts have also scored just a single goal in any of their last three top-flight matchups at Molineux.

    Conclusion

    While Chelsea might open Sunday’s meeting as a standout pick with the bookmakers, Thomas Tuchel’s men could face a tough test at Molineux here. Having to settle for a single point against a heavily-altered Everton side at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week, the Blues have shown some recent issues over the past weeks. Looking to try and make up some ground in the title chase, we could be in for a cagey affair in the Midlands. With Wolves landing a 1-0 win against Brighton on the road in midweek, they have really gained a reputation for their low-scoring games. Finding the net just once from any of their previous five contests, it should also be noted that Sunday’s opponents played out a 0-0 draw when they last faced off back in January.

    Verdict: Under 3.5 goals

    Best Odds: 4/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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