Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Wolves and Chelsea, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea lock horns at Molineux on Tuesday evening, intending to bounce back from unsettling defeats over the weekend.
Five points separate the two teams in the Premier League table, with Chelsea ahead in fifth on 22 points from 12 games. Wolves, on the other hand, sit eight spots below in 13th-place on 17 points so far.
Chelsea made it nine wins out of 12 Premier League encounters (D1 L2) with Wolves by winning 2-0 in the last meeting back in July in London. They also won 5-2 in the reverse fixture at Molineux last season.
Although the upcoming game in the West Midlands should be a closer affair compared to last term, despite the hosts’ inconsistency and the visitors’ own injury problems.
Wolves Form & Stats
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had very little to cheer about recently, having lost their last two games, and haven’t fared very well at home either.
Anwar El Ghazi’s injury-time penalty condemned Wolves to a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last Saturday. Nelson Semedo’s foul on John McGinn led to the spot-kick, which came shortly after Villa lost Douglas Luiz to a red card. Joao Moutinho also saw red in the dying moments of the match.
The loss has left Wolves with just one win – an impressive 2-1 triumph away to Arsenal – in their last five league games (D1 L3). It’s caused them to slip down into the lower half of the standings.
The Wanderers have also failed to score a goal since Raul Jimenez’s horrific head injury. The Mexican’s recovery from surgery appears to be going well, having paid the team a visit in training. But he will remain out for an unspecified period.
18-year-old Fabio Silva, who arrived in the summer for a club-record fee of €40m from FC Porto, could deputize again upfront. The teenager, however, isn’t the finished article and may struggle against the consistently solid Chelsea defense.
Key Team Stats
- Won just 1 of their last 5 league games (D1 L3).
- Won just 1 of their last 5 league games against Chelsea (D1 L3).
- Conceded at least 1 goal in their last 6 league games against Chelsea.
- Conceded the first goal in 3 of their 6 home league games this season.
- Under 2.5 goals in their last five home league games.
- Only scored first-half goals in 2 of their 12 league games this season.
- Scored 0.4 goals per game when Raul Jimenez hasn’t started and 1.3 with him in the line-up.
- Adama Traore hasn’t scored or made an assist in his last 19 league games.
Chelsea Form & Stats
The Blues, much like Wolves, were undone by a penalty in their 1-0 defeat at Everton. Edouard Mendy’s foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin led to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s match-winning spot-kick, which ended a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
It was also the first time Chelsea had lost in the Premier League since a 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool on September 20 (P9 W5 D4).
The midweek Champions League fixtures have taken their toll on Frank Lampard’s squad, who have also lost Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Although Christian Pulisic has returned from a hamstring injury.
And while Chelsea lost at Goodison Park last weekend, they had won their last five away games in all competitions beforehand with only a single goal conceded.
Key Team Stats
- 1 first-half goal scored in each of their last 6 away games.
- Scored in both halves in 50% of their away league games this season.
- Won both halves in 3 of their 6 away league games this season.
- Scored the first goal in 7 of their 10 away games in all competitions this season.
- Tammy Abraham has scored 6 goals in 4 league games against Wolves.
- Timo Werner has failed to score in his last 7 games in all competitions.
Wolves: Joao Moutinho, Raul Jimenez, & Jonny (out).
Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech & Callum Hudson-Odoi (out).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Goalscorers in Recent Games
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Premier League.