Wolves will be looking to keep the momentum going after their last win as they host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, with this fixture being only one of five to go ahead following a number of postponed games due to coronavirus
Wolves will be looking to keep the momentum going after their last win as they host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, with this fixture being only one of five to go ahead following a number of postponed games due to coronavirus.
Bruno Lage’s side enjoyed a 0-1 away victory at Brighton last time out while Chelsea once again dropped vital points, this time a home draw against Everton.
With just one goal in their last six league games prior to the fixture against Brighton, Wolves were a team struggling for points and goals.
Though Lage’s side managed to turn their fortunes around thanks to a goal just before half-time from defender Romain Saiss – their first Premier League goal since mid-November.
The all important three points means Wolves find themselves in eighth position on 24 points, though sit behind both Manchester United and Tottenham who both have a number of games in hand due to the postponement of their recent fixtures following a coronavirus outbreak.
Wolves should go into the fixture with optimism after they went undefeated against Chelsea last season, defeating them in a 2-1 home win in December 2020.
Tuchel’s side have endured a poor run of form in recent weeks, with just two wins in six in all competitions now leaving them trailing behind league leaders Manchester City.
The Blues entertained Everton at Stamford Bridge midweek, going ahead after the 70th minute when Mason Mount opened the scoring. Though the lead was retained for just four minutes as Jarrad Branthwaite equalised for the visitors.
Despite Benitez fielding an extremely weakened Everton side, Tuchel’s men were unable to capitalise and could only take a point from the game, leaving them four points adrift from leaders Manchester City and three points from contenders Liverpool.
After Chelsea entered December having only conceded just five goals in 13 Premier League games, their next five matches saw them concede eight goals with no clean sheets which is worrying signs for Blues fans.
Raul Jimenez returns to the Wolves side after his recent one-game suspension, though Hwang Hee-Chan is currently being assessed following a hamstring strain against Brighton.
Jonny, Pedro Neto and Yerson Mosquera all ruled out until next year, as well as Rayan Ait Nouri who has no set return date.
As for Chelsea, they have a number players out with coronavirus as Mateo Kovacic, Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ben Chilwell all miss out following their positive covid results.
Kai Havertz is being assessed after feeling unwell recently, though has not yet been ruled out of the game with Wolves.
Wolves vs Chelsea – kick off at 2pm (UK time) on Sunday 19th December 2021.
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