Wolves (0-3-1) will host Chelsea (1-2-1) on Saturday as Nuno Santo’s side looks for their first win of the young Premier League season.
Match Preview Insight
- Wolves won their last home match against Chelsea, beating the Blues 2-1 at Molineux Stadium in the 2018/19 season
- Eight of Chelsea’s last nine games has ended with more than 2.5 goals scored
- Chelsea has conceded six goals in two matches away from home in the Premier League
Last season, Wolves gained the attention of England, winning a number of big games over the top six sides. Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea all suffered defeat at Molineux Stadium. After that exceptional 2018/19 season, Wolves have gotten a slow start in the Premier League this season. After four matches, Wolverhampton has collected just three points.
Saturday’s match against Chelsea could be their breakout match, as Nuno Santo is expected to have a full strength side. Look for the pace and physicality of this dynamic Wolves midfield to dominate this matchup. Wolves will be able to create a number of chances against an incohesive Chelsea side who has shown a lack of composure already.
Wolves come into this matchup winless with a 0-3-1 record so far. This is a side who is typically very dangerous at home, winning 10 of their 18 home matches last season. So far, Wolves are 0-2-0 at home, with a 1-1 draw with both Manchester United and Burnley.
The International break was not too kind to Chelsea. The Blues have a number of injury issues heading into a big away fixture, with N’Golo Kante, Antonio Rudiger, Pedro, and Mateo Kovacic all being ruled as doubtful to be included in the starting lineup on Saturday, and left-back Emerson Palmieri set to miss the match at Wolves. This injury crisis is expected to force Marcos Alonso and Willian back into the starting XI, replacing Palmieri and Kovacic.
This is a Chelsea side who will be desperate for a result, but will need a much improved performance than their last time out. After going up 2-0 before halftime, Chelsea saw their lead erased by newly promoted Sheffield United, resulting in the dropping of two points in a 2-2 draw. Even early in this season, Chelsea has shown a lack of identity and depth.
Chelsea could use a big result on Saturday. The Blues have won just one of their opening four matches, going 1-2-1 in the league so far. Chelsea are 1-1 away from home so far this season, with a 4-0 loss at Old Trafford, and a 3-2 victory at Carrow Road to show for the two matches.
After working their way through the Europa League preliminary rounds, Wolves will want to refocus on earning results in the Premier League. This is a side that won 10 matches at home last season, three of which were against top six sides. Chelsea looked vulnerable in their first game away from home against Norwich, and this fixture at Molineux Stadium poses a much more potent threat. Expect the home side to start early, and to take all three points behind a strong Wolves midfield performance.