Wolves vs Chelsea – EPL December 2018 Preview and Scores

Preview

Wolves have lost five games in six matches and are under immense pressure to win as they welcome Chelsea to the Moulineux.

Chelsea defeated Fulham last weekend to move back to 3rd place and are set to travel to meet Wolverhampton Wanderers in the midweek clash of the Premier League.

Team News

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves started the season well with back to back wins and drawing Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal since their return to the top flight. More recently, Nuno’s team were praised for their efforts in almost salvaging a draw from a 3-0 deficit against Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of last month.

But that has now been forgotten due to the recent abysmal form of the team in the last 6 matches. Nuno Espirito Santo who guided the team from promotion is now bring criticised by some sections of fans.

Another defeat against Chelsea will further anger the fans and the atmosphere around the stadium might grow more hostile to the players and their embattled manager.

Nuno could recall Dedoncker into the team due to Ruben Neves’s suspension. Diogo Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro are also in contention for a recall, while Ryan Bennet and Romain Saiss are also set to feature.

Wolverhampton Wanderers possible starting eleven:

Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss, Vinagre; Jota, Costa, Jimenez

Chelsea

Chelsea have been high flyers in the league but their most recent form has been below par to be honest. They have only been able to amass 7 points from a possible 12 with their last loss – against Tottenham Hotspur ending in a crushing 3-1 defeat.

Maurizio Sarri will back his side to emerge victorious against an under-performing Wolves, but the manner of the performance will be of equal importance with Manchester City the visitors to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

More importantly, Chelsea head into an important stage in the season. This could result in Sarri feeling the need to place more focus on rotating his players, with the former Napoli boss having handed starts to just 13 outfield players in the Premier League so far.

Players like Ruben Loftus Cheek, Emerson Palmieri and Calum Hudson -Odoi could be given more chances as the busy period approaches.

Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso are major doubts due to injury concerns. Ross Barkley could feature if he is fit. Willian is likely to return for Pedro in attack, although Olivier Giroud may keep his place ahead of Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea possible starting eleven:

Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hazard

Head To Head

Wednesday’s match will represent the 106th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with Chelsea claiming 41 victories in comparison to 38 wins for Wolves.

Scores
Wolves 2 – 1 Chelsea
                       Loftus-Cheek 16′
Raul Jimenez 59′
Diogo Jota 63′

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