2019-20 Premier League: Week Five – Wolves vs Chelsea

Wolves are looking for their first win of the season as they take on Frank Lampard’s  Chelsea at Molineux.

Victory will move the West Midlands club away from the drop, whilst Chelsea are looking to climb into the top ten for the first time this season and record their first clean sheet.

 

Team news

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Wolves will be without defender, Willy Boly after he was sent off in their 3-2 defeat at Everton last time out.

Matt Docherty (knee) and Romain Saiss (undisclosed) are also ruled out for the West Midlands club.

Chelsea have four players back from injury as Pedro looks set to start after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up three weeks ago at Norwich in warm-up.

Antonio Rudiger (fitness), Emerson (thigh) and Mateo Kovacic (Achilles) are also fit and available for selection.

N’Golo Kante (ankle) is a week away from being considered for the matchday squad and will therefore also miss Tuesday’s Champions League match against Valencia.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are still sidelined with Achilles injuries, whilst Marco Van Ginkel (knee) and Reece James (fitness) are also ruled out.

 

Form

After drawing their opening three league games in amidst of a run featuring six Europa League Qualifying wins, Wolves suffered their first defeat last time out at Everton.

Chelsea meanwhile are yet to keep a clean sheet in their four league games, although they did win their last away game away at Norwich in which Tammy Abraham netted a brace before doing so against Sheffield United a week later.

 

Stat Attack

  • Wolves are unbeaten in three of their last five league meetings with Chelsea (W2, D1, L2).
  • Raul Jimenez scored in both meetings against Chelsea last season with both goals coming early in the second half.
  • Chelsea’s Jorginho has picked up a joint league high three yellow cards alongside Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace. 
  • Raul Jimenez has hit the woodwork twice for Wolves so far this season, more than any other player with 22 other players each doing so on one occasion. 
  • Chelsea made a league high 88 tackles in their four opening matches. 

 

Prediction

With the international break having come at a good time for Wolves, I am expecting a stronger performance than we have seen recently whilst Chelsea are still finding their feet under Lampard. 

I therefore am expecting a tight but competitive game between these two teams but Chelsea’s defence tend to tire as the match wears on, which Wolves should easily capitalise on if got the energy to do so. 

Prediction: Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

Result: Wolves 2-5 Chelsea

 

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