Inspired by a stellar 3-0 win over AC Milan in midweek Champions League action, Chelsea will entertain Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James fired Graham Potter’s side to an overwhelming victory against the defending Serie A champions.
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Following a two-game winless Group E start (D1, L1), the Pensioners have not only thrown a lifeline to their stuttering Champions League season but climbed to the top of the section.
Back to Premier League action after a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph at Crystal Palace last weekend, Chelsea can win back-to-back league matches for the first time this season.
With a game in hand and an eight-point deficit on Premier League leaders Arsenal, the Blues still have outside chances of reigniting their title bid, meaning they won’t take this game lightly.
On the other hand, visiting Wolverhampton cannot catch a break this term, as consecutive league defeats without scoring in the run-up to this fixture left them languishing in the drop zone.
As was the case last season, Wolves continue to struggle for scoring opportunities despite landing the likes of Goncalo Guedes and Sasa Kalajdzic in the summer.
Bruno Lage’s men have netted just three Premier League goals in 2022/23, fewer than any other side, and are the only team in the division yet to score more than once per game.
The Molineux Stadium hierarchy seem to be running out of patience for the Portuguese manager, who could be counting his final days in the West Midlands unless he drags his team out of trouble soon.
Stamford Bridge has been a fortress this season as Chelsea have gone unbeaten in all five competitive home matches to date (W3, D2) despite racking up just one clean sheet.
Potter has rekindled team spirit and a winning mentality in west London since replacing Thomas Tuchel at the helm, with the Blues winning their last two league games after conceding the opening goal.
The former Brighton & Hove Albion manager gears up for his Premier League touchline debut at the Bridge, knowing none of his 14 predecessors had ever lost their maiden top-flight fixture in charge of the Pensioners.
Speaking of Chelsea’s bounce-back ability, Wolves have recovered eight points from losing positions against the Blues since regaining their top-flight status in 2018.
However, the Wanderers head into proceedings amid a rough patch having picked up just one victory in their last 15 Premier League outings (D5, L9).
As mentioned above, Wolves’ scoring woes continue to trouble under-pressure Lage after his men bagged one goal or fewer in 11 consecutive league games since a 2-2 draw with non-other than Chelsea.
Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Potential Line-ups
Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marc Cucurella; Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Wolverhampton Wanderers(4-3-3): Jose Sa; Nelson Semedo, Toti, Max Kilman, Jonny; Matheus Nunes, Boubacar Traore, Joao Moutinho; Goncalo Guedes, Diego Costa, Daniel Podence.
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Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Prediction
Diego Costa returns to Stamford Bridge as an adversary, but this is unlikely to be a warm welcome for the veteran Brazilian striker.
Chelsea look to be finding their mojo under Potter and are in a prime position to string together two Premier League wins and solidify their place in a top-four pursuit.
Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
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