Chelsea will look to keep their momentum going when they host a high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, in Fulham, Chelsea in South West London, England, on Sunday evening (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers
Kick Off: Saturday 10 March
Match Timing: 07:35 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stamford Bridge (41,631)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
Chelsea have big ambitions from this season and need no extra motivation to earn the all-important 3 points that this match offers. But certain facets must be waiting for this match, led by manager Maurizio Sarri, to hand a revenge-return-gift-parcel to the visitors.
It was the reverse fixture which put a stain on Chelsea’s then-perfect season.
The Blues took an early lead at Molineux through Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s 18th-minute strike. And if you watched that match, you wonder how could Chelsea lose from there. Sarri’s men dominated every inch of the blade and the only thing they didn’t do right in the first half was their failure to add goals to the scorecard. And it did hurt them badly.
Wolves came out of the blocks like a wounded animal and ripped the piss out of the visitors, winning the match 2-1 to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season.
The holes in Chelsea’s armory were wide open then and they were never really the same team after that loss. As a result, the Blues from a genuine title challenger, are now fighting for the top-4 places.
Sarri’s own position at the club came into question as well. The 6-0 hammering at the Etihad Stadium was surely a cause for alarm.
But in the last few weeks, the Blues have recorded 3 consecutive wins which have eased the pressure on both manager and the club. The Blues may be sixth on the table, but only two points separate them from the Champions League places.
And don’t forget, Chelsea have a game in hand.
Wolves, on the other hand, have emerged as a genuine threat to all the big six clubs. Not that they are breaking into the top-six, that may happen next season, but the type of football they execute against the so-called big teams is just beyond comprehension.
The Molineux based side is flying high on the table, sitting at 7th with 43 points from 29 games. This game gives the visitors a shot at history, as they have never done a league double over Chelsea.
Chelsea – L W L W W W
Wolverhampton Wanderers – W D W D L W
Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Team News:
Injured – The Blues have a clean bill of health.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: The big guns will be returning to the line-up as the likes of Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, N’Golo Kante, and Antonio Rudiger all on the bench against Dynamo Kyiv.
Sarri has a big decision to make regarding Callum Hudson-Odoi who starred in the Europa League match against Kyiv, scoring Chelsea’s 3rd goal.
Key Players – Hazard, Higuain, Kante
Injured – Wolves have no injury concerns.
Suspended – However, Ryan Bennett will be serving a two-game ban for 10 yellow cards this season.
Questionable – None.
Note: Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that Rui Patricio will return to the starting 11 for this match. While Romain Saiss is expected to come in to play the suspended Bennett.
The likes of Joao Moutinho, Matt Doherty, Jonny Otto and Ruben Neves all should feature in the starting 11.
Key Players – Jimenez, Neves
Chelsea– Arrizabalaga (GK), Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Palmieri; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard
Wolverhampton Wanderers– Patricio (GK), Saiss, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Otto; Jota, Jimenez
There is not much separating both the clubs in the head-to-head encounters. Chelsea have 41 wins, while Wolves have managed 39 victories in the 106 meetings with the Blues.
However, Roman Abramovich’s era has seen 1o wins for the club in the last 12 matches against the Wolves.
The visitors haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since winning 1-0 in 1974.
We back the hosts to win the match.
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