An intriguing clash will kick off a midweek edition of the Premier League’s Gameweek 13 as the Wolves look to find their form of last season against Chelsea.
Wolves entered this season with high hopes once again, yet a lacklustre start and some necessary player sellings have left them struggling in more areas than initially thought. Saturday saw more issues for this Wolves’ side, as a late penalty conceded against Aston Villa saw them drop another tough class. Their situation certainly won’t get any easier on Tuesday as Chelsea remains an elite threat with world-class talent.
The Blues also didn’t get a positive result over the weekend, but their excellent squad depth should be able to help them out in a short-rest situation. A narrow 1-0 loss to Everton dropped Chelsea to fifth spot in the table, and with their skill and talent, Frank Lampard’s side knows it needs to once again finish inside the top-four.
This should produce quite the interesting match, as the desperation from both sides is quite high given their underwhelming weekend performances, as well as the big expectations from both clubs. Our soccer picks from England have been quite stellar of late, so continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further analysis and a tactical preview of Wolves v. Chelsea on Tuesday afternoon.
Wolves vs. Chelsea Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (+100)
Under 2.5 (-120)
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Wolves vs. Chelsea Pick:
One area that could magnify the Wolves’ issues heading into Tuesday’s clash is their current injury situation, combined with a glaring lack of squad depth. Both Jonny Castro and Raul Jimenez will again be out for the Wolves, two key pieces within their starting lineup.
Expect Wolverhampton to adapt by going to a 3-4-3 formation, though generating offense has proven to be problematic for them of late. Without Jimenez, and after selling Diego Jota to Liverpool – the Wolves have struggled up front, and it won’t be easy against a Chelsea side that should really control the tempo of this match, and overall possession.
For the Blues, they desperately need to start playing up to their potential and need the points. Christian Pulisic should re-enter the side, one that needs his flair and creativity from an attacking position. As mentioned, Chelsea should totally control this contest – dominating possession, expected goals, and chances. They’ll need to finish however, and that should be quite likely given their attacking advantages over the Wolves’ back-line.
Tammy Abraham is a huge target up front, and flanked by Germans Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, it’s only a matter of time before those three start finishing their chances regularly. Their speed and skill on the ball should really overwhelm a ragged back-three from Wolverhampton, and apply consistent pressure throughout.
While Chelsea does have some weakness at the back, Wolves simply aren’t talented enough right now to take advantage. The Blues’ hold a decisive skill advantage, and without Raul Jimenez once again – a comfortable and routine Chelsea victory to nil seems fitting. As injuries mount, the Wolves could continue their descent into the relegation zone.