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A disappointing run of results for Chelsea saw their manager Frank Lampard given the axe by Roman Abramovich on Monday. That hardly comes as a surprise given the Russian’s ruthlessness in the past with managers, and it seems Lampard’s dream job may have just come a little too soon in his coaching career.
Wolves have had struggles of their own, with just one win from their last nine outings. It’s hardly surprising that that poor run of form has directly coincided with the injury to Raul Jimenez at the end of November, as Nuno Espirito Santa has tried to deploy a false nine or youngster Fabio Silva up top ineffectively.
Their issues have been furthered by the injury to Daniel Podence, another crucial cog within this setup, but on a more positive note, the club have managed to call in striker Willian Jose from Real Sociedad.
The new signing netted a brace on Wednesday for Sociedad against lower league outfit Cordoba in the Copa Del Rey, but with that accounting for a third of his goals this term, we wouldn’t be expecting too much.
Chelsea To Win To Nil
The Blues are expected to appoint Thomas Tuchel in their dugout, but whoever does take the hot seat we highly doubt they’re going to be able to imprint their philosophy on the tactics in such a short space of time.
However, as with most sackings you can expect to see an upturn in form and effort from a few of the players given the new opportunity that is ahead of them and impress the new gaffer.
That will undoubtedly be needed given their solitary victory in five outings now came against a 10-man Fulham side, scraping that game by a single goal in the 78th minute through Mason Mount.
They have won three of their last four across all competitions but advancing past League Two Morecambe and Championship side Luton aren’t going to set the world alight.
A big worry for Wolves will be their form on the road, as although they advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup in their last trip, it came against National League side Chorley and a strong starting team only managed to win 1-0.
Moreover, they’ve picked up just one point from their last four trips prior to that cup fixture, as even lowly Burnley got in on the act.
In fact, visiting Man City, Liverpool, Leicester, Spurs, Man Utd and Chelsea themselves, the visitors have lost without scoring in all four of their matches since July last year.
By contrast, Chelsea have gone W14-D5-L2 since the start of Match last year at Stamford Bridge across all tournaments, as only English giants Liverpool and Man City managed to overturn them.
Moreover, that run includes a 2-0 victory over Nuno Espirito Santo’s men in July, while 10 of their 14 such victories have been to nil, and that could well occur again in this one against a misfiring Wolves attack.