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WOL vs CHE | Wolves vs Chelsea – Match Preview

Match Details

Wolves vs Chelsea – Premier League

6th December, 01:15 IST

Molineaux Stadium, Wolverhampton

 

Form:

Wolves: L L D L L

Chelsea: W D L W W

 

Preview

A struggling Wolves side will welcome third-place Chelsea to the Molineux Stadium on Wednesday night in a pivotal Premier League clash.

Wolves have picked up just 1 point from their previous 6 matches in the Premier League and are really struggling at the moment. In fact, consecutive losses to fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City have ramped up the pressure on Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.  

Chelsea, on the other hand, bounced back from that harrowing defeat to Spurs be defeating Fulham at Stamford Bridge by a 2-0 scoreline thanks to goals by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Pedro. The Blues will be desperate for all 3 points in order to keep the pace with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the table. 

 

Team News:

  • Ruben Neves is suspended for Wolves and will miss the match.
  • Jonny is still injured for Wolves.
  • Marcos Alonso is a slight doubt for this match with back problems.   
  • Ross Barkley has recovered from a minor ankle problem.

 

Predicted Lineups

Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss, Vinagre; Cavaleiro, Jiménez, Jota.

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Morata, Hazard.

 

Combined XI for the game:

 

 

Strategy

Goalkeeper:

With Wolves struggling in front of goal, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has an excellent chance of keeping a clean sheet.  

 

Defence:

With heavy investments made in midfield and attack, we have chosen two budget defenders who will definitely start at the Molineaux tonight. Both David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger are cheap routes into the Chelsea backline.

With Marcos Alonso out of our budget, Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta becomes an automatic selection in our team. The Spanish full-back, who recently signed a new contract with the club, is a reliable presence at the back who can also contribute the occasional assist.

Ruben Vinagre has ably occupied the left wing-back role in the absence of Jonny and is an excellent option for your side. 

 

Midfield:

Diogo Jota has largely failed to make an impact in the Premier League so far this season. The Portuguese U-21 International may get his chance to impress against Chelsea tonight.   

Matt Doherty has been electric in his right wing-back role for Wolves this season and is an excellent option for your team. The Irishman can score goals as well as contribute assists. 

Eden Hazard, who made a blistering start to the season, has struggled off late and has not been at his imperious best. However, the Belgian is still Chelsea’s best route to goal. 

Willian started the last match on the bench and is, hence, expected to come back into the Chelsea starting XI tonight. 

 

Attack: 

Raul Jimenez has scored 3 goals and provided 6 assists for Wolves already this season. His intelligent movement upfront will be pivotal in opening up a resolute Chelsea defence.

With Olivier Giroud starting Chelsea’s previous two matches in all competitions, Chelsea’s misfiring striker Alvaro Morata is expected to come back into the starting XI tonight.  

 

Captain Pick: Eden Hazard

Vice-Captain Pick: Willian (Alternate: Morata)

Value Pick: Ruben Vinagre

Must Avoid: Jonny, Neves

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