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These two will be looking to get back on track following weekend defeats. Although Frank Lampard’s men are just three points adrift of first place, victories for Leicester and Southampton have pushed them outside the top four, while Wolves have slipped down to 13th following back-to-back losses.
Nuno’s men couldn’t even find the net in their defeats to Liverpool and Aston Villa, with these their first two outings since star striker Raul Jimenez fractured his skull. Fabio Silva should continue to deputize, though the Portuguese teenager isn’t the finished article at this stage and a lack of output has to be a major concern for the hosts.
Only four teams have netted fewer goals so far this term, as Wolves have had fewer than one expected goal seven times from 12 matches already this season.
Wolves have a further blow as midfielder Joao Moutinho was sent off late on against Villa last time out, while left-back Jonny Castro remains a long-term absentee.
Lampard isn’t without any concerns of his own either, with Christian Pulisic now a doubt alongside unavailable wingers Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi, as all three are dealing with hamstring issues.
Still, the former England midfielder can call upon the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to take the wide positions, and the absence of Jimenez for the hosts is far more devastating.
Wolves have lost five of seven league matches where the Mexican has played just a half or less since he signed for the club, while they failed to score in all but one of those defeats.
Chelsea To Beat Wolves
Chelsea’s defeat to Everton ended a 17-game unbeaten streak across all competitions, with impressive goalkeeper Edouard Mendy making a rare mistake as he fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin to concede the penalty by which they were beaten.
However, the Blues remain within touching distance of league leaders Tottenham and Liverpool, who both failed to capitalize on Chelsea’s result by drawing their own matches, while those two play each other on Wednesday.
Prior to visiting the Toffees, Chelsea had won five on the bounce away from home by a combined 15-1 scoreline against Krasnodar, Burnley, Newcastle, Rennes and Sevilla.
That encourages us to back them to recover from their off-day, especially as Wolves haven’t tasted victory at Molineux since late October, with their 2-0 win over a usually low-scoring Palace side that day their last clean sheet.
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Chelsea To Win To Nil
Lampard did the double over Nuno last term, winning 5-2 at Molineux and 2-0 back at Stamford Bridge, though something more akin to that latter result should be expected here.
Up against quality outfits Arsenal (twice), Chelsea, Sevilla, Man City, Leicester and Liverpool, the hosts have lost six of seven games since July.
Moreover, Wolves have failed to score in nine of their past 10 defeats against anyone, including seven that finished either 1-0 or 2-0.