Date: Tuesday 15th December 2020
Venue: Molineux Stadium
Kick-off: 18:00 GMT
This evening’s game sees us taking a trip to Molineux to take on Wolves in a game we might feel a bit cautious about.
We let ourselves down against Everton at the weekend and whilst we were by no means the only side to drop points, we were the side not gaining any, so with Leicester winning, we’ve been squeezed out of the top four. We come into this game fifth in the table and with our unbeaten run over, not only that, but Mendy has made errors leading to goals in his last 2 games, so the psychological buffer isn’t there and neither is Ziyech to bring the magic.
Still, Wolves have a poor recent record against us and also lost last time out to Aston Villa, leaving them 13th in the table. But like Everton, Wolves are also capable of causing us problems with the counter-attack, so we’ll need to have our act together if we’re going to avoid back to back defeats.
Going into today’s game, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, says on Chelsea, “A very good team, a talented squad, many, many good players, some that they already had and some that they bought, and Frank is doing a very good job. It’s a very tough match tomorrow. All the squads in the Premier League are strong, honestly. It’s the best competition involving the best players and the best squads. I truly believe in the Premier League, there is no squad who you can underestimate.
It was a tough game for us [last season], I think we didn’t play well and I recall that Chelsea played a good game, created a lot of problems for us and it was a heavy result. But the reference is not about last season, it’s about what Chelsea is now, how they performed last week and the previous games, this is what we analyse carefully because it’s about the momentum that the teams are on.”
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, meanwhile, says “The Premier League is unforgiving. We weren’t at our top level Saturday and got beaten. We dropped it for a game. It’s up to us to pick it up again straight away. The next game is always the most important one. You don’t go to Everton and expect anything if you don’t perform.
It felt like Everton played like Tottenham did and if people are watching us they will try to stop us from doing what we do well. We need to find other ways and make sure to have ways around teams. At our top level we’d have found a way around it. We can’t make an excuse of not having wingers. It’s unfortunate but we have others capable of playing in those areas. Hopefully they are back soon anyway.
It’s a long race to win the league. I understand elements of it. There are difficult moments – one is bouncing back quickly from losing a game. And to sustain results over a busy time like Christmas.”
For Wolves, Raul Jimenez, (fractured skull) and Jonny are both injured, whilst Joao Moutinho serves a one-match suspension.
For Chelsea, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both still out but Christian Pulisic is available and should/could play a part, possibly, could happen, but don’t go putting any money on it.
WOLVES (Possible line-up): Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Marcal; Neves, Dendoncker; Traore, Podence, Neto; Silva
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Kante, Mount; Havertz, Giroud, Werner
Wolves 2-5 Chelsea (14th September 2019)
CURRENT FORM (PL)
- Wolves have lost nine Premier League games against Chelsea
- Chelsea have only failed to score in one of the last 17 top-flight meetings
- Wolves could lose three successive Premier League games for the first time since November 2018.
- Chelsea could lose back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time in a year
- Wolves have won just once in five league fixtures
- Chelsea’s defeat against Everton last weekend ended an unbeaten run of 17 matches in all competitions
- Wolves have won six of their eight home midweek games since returning to the Premier League in 2018
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League games played on a Tuesday
Sky Sports: Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
BBC Sport: Wolves 0-2 Chelsea
Sportsmole: Wolves 1-2 Chelsea
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