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Date: Wednesday 27th January 2021

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Kick-off: 18:00 GMT

Another game, another manager, so what’s new? It’s the Chelsea way.

We don’t have to like it, but it would seem that because we love the club, we have little choice but to live with the manager merry go round that goes with it. Honestly, there may have been the odd appointment we were glad to see the back of but this one is different. Not only was this one Frank Lampard, an absolute Chelsea legend, but I’m with Pat Nevin, I genuinely believed it would be different this time. I’d totally bought into the whole, ‘bringing youth through’, ‘building for the future’, ‘give him the time he needs’ dream. It’s all a bit of a nightmare in reality though, because from what I can see, Frank’s been used to bide the time through a transfer ban and there was never any real future investment in him at all.

I’m not sure why I’m surprised, no one outside of Chelsea is, that’s for sure and what’s worse is, they’re right, it’s not our squad that lacks depth. Anyway, supporter sentiment cuts no ice at Chelsea, so back to business as it were.

Our tea-time game sees us play host to a Wolves side who beat us last month, it was also their last win as it turns out. Wolves haven’t had a win for a while, in fact, they’re in the sort of form that would make Nuno glad he’s not a Chelsea manager. Not that we’ve anything to brag about, we’ve hardly stacked up points ourselves since we played at Molineux.

Wolves will be ready to take advantage of any disarray, but will there be any though? I suspect any potential emotion will be given a rest for this one. Stiff upper lip, let’s see who remembers how to play.

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, says “We don’t know exactly how Chelsea are going to present themselves. We don’t know the manager. What we know is the quality and talent of the Chelsea players.  We expect a tough match and whoever the manager is, he won’t have much time to impose his own ideas, so we think it’ll be close to what Frank was doing before.  We’re talking about a good team, a squad full of talented players, so we are aware tomorrow is going to be very demanding and tough for us.”

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, N’Golo Kante (hamstring) remains out injured, and its not certain Christian Pulisic (leg) is available.

For Wolves, Raul Jimenez (fractured skull), Jonny (knee) and Marcal (groin) remain long-term absentees, Morgan Gibbs-White (Covid-19) and Daniel Podence (calf) are also out.

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kovacic, Jorginho, Ziyech, Havertz; Pulisic, Werner

WOLVES (Possible line-up): Patricio; Semedo, Coady, Boly, Saiss; Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker; Traore, Silva, Neto

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 2-0 Wolves (26th July 2020)

CURRENT FORM (PL)

CHELSEA: WLDLWL

WOLVES: LDLDLL

OTHER STUFF

  • Chelsea are unbeaten at home in six previous Premier League games against Wolves.
  • Wolves won the reverse fixture 2-1 at Molineux last month.
  • Chelsea have won just two of their last eight games in the league.
  • Wolves have lost nine matches so far this term.
  • Wolves are in danger of losing three successive league matches for just the second time under Nuno Espirito Santo.
  • Chelsea have kept 13 clean sheets in 29 games in all competitions.
  • Wolves have conceded at least twice in each of their past three league fixtures.

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Chelsea 2-1 Wolves

Sky Sports: Chelsea 2-0 Wolves

Sportsmole: Chelsea 1-1 Wolves

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