Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea will lock horns on Tuesday evening at the Molineux with both teams looking to shake off disappointing losses at the weekend.
Despite the impressive 2-1 away win against Arsenal, Wolves form has generally dipped of late, with that win being their only one in their last five outings. Since then, they’ve lost 0-4 to Liverpool and 0-1 at the weekend in the West Midlands derby against Aston Villa.
They’ve now dropped to the bottom half of the table as they continue struggling without their first-choice centre forward and top scorer Raul Jimenez who is still out with a concussion. Fabio Silva, a £35.6million record summer signing from Porto, is still adapting to the rigours and demands of the Premier League and the teenager has so far not been able to fill in for Jimenez, which is a tough ask for anybody, let alone an inexperienced 18-year old.
Nuno Espirito Santos will need to dig even deeper to get anything out of this match with creative midfielder Moutinho also out of this game after picking up two bookings in the weekend derby.
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Chelsea were riding on an impressive 14-game unbeaten run across all competition that had seen them steadily rise to the top echelons of the Premier League log and safely through to the round of 16 in the Champions League. They, however, suffered a similar fate as that of their hosts with a Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty proving to be the most decisive moment of the match as Everton held on to win 1-0.
Thankfully for Lampard, both Liverpool and Tottenham, who were playing after the Chelsea loss, failed to capitalize on it, but Leicester and Southampton did make the most of the opportunity as they pushed Chelsea out of the top four.
It’s so tight at the top nevertheless and a win here could see Chelsea ascend to the top before the other contenders can take to the field for their matches.
Despite the loss at Goodison Park, Chelsea are a force to reckon with this season. They were unlucky not to come out with anything from that game as they dominated possession and created a few decent chances that they failed to cash in on. Having dodged the bullet when the other contending teams failed to punish their loss, we feel Chelsea will be motivated enough with the prospect of going top of the table and we fancy them to get the win here @ 1.70 with Bet9ja as our first betting tip.
Wolves are in disarray at the moment. Since the loss of Raul Jimenez after a head injury in the Arsenal game, they have failed to find any spark and have gone two games without finding the back of the net. The Midlands derby cost them another casualty as their best creative midfielder Moutinho got his marching orders and will miss this game. The Chelsea backline has proven to be one of the best in the league in recent times, having kept five clean sheets this term. We are backing the Blues to keep another clean sheet @ 2.21 with Bet9ja betting app as our final call for this game.
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