Two sides looking to bounce back from defeat go head-to-head in the Premier League on Tuesday evening as Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Chelsea to Molineux.
It was a weekend to forget for both clubs, with Chelsea’s chase of Premier League top spot scuppered by a 1-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park, whilst Wolves’ weekend ended in hurt after losing to fellow midlands club Aston Villa in their last outing.
Chelsea’s impressive unbeaten run was halted at the hands of former manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose Everton team scored the first goal past Blues keeper Edouard Mendy in 5 matches.
Wolves meanwhile saw Raul Jimenez make a training ground visit before the game for the first time since surgery on a fractured skull, but Nuno Espirito Santo was on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Aston Villa in a fiery affair which saw Joao Moutinho sent off.
Wanderers have now slipped in to the bottom half of the table after defeat, with Chelsea now outside of the Champions League spots in 5th after 12 games.
In terms of team news, Wolves will be without Joao Moutinho at Molineux due to his red card against Aston Villa, so Ruben Neves is likely to come in to replace him.
Striker Raul Jimenez is of course absent as he continues to recover from that fractured skull sustained against Arsenal.
Willy Boly was amongst the substitutes at the weekend and may be considered from the start, along with Rayan Ait Nouri who is pushing for inclusion in the starting eleven.
Christian Pulisic missed Chelsea’s loss at Everton with a recurrence of a niggling hamstring issue and Frank Lampard is unlikely to have him fit for Tuesday’s game.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech are also both absentees and aren’t expected to see any action this side of Christmas.
That means it is almost inevitable that Timo Werner and Kai Havertz will be operating on either flank from the get-go.
Wolves v Chelsea in the Premier League kicks off at 6pm on Tuesday 15th December.