Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea – Blues overwhelming favourites to win at Molineux
2020-21 English Premier league preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea – Molineux Stadium – Tuesday, 15 December 2020 – 18:00hrs BST
Wolverhampton Wanderers get ready to host Chelsea as Premier League action continues into the midweek at the Molineux Stadium on Tuesday.
Nuno Santo's Wolves will be coming into the game on the back of a 0-1 home loss to Aston Villa on Friday night when a stoppage time penalty by Dutch international Anwar El Ghazi downed them.
The Blues' tale is no different from their midweek rivals as they visit the Molineux after a 0-1 defeat to Everton that saw them being dilodged from the Top four. The Goodison Park defeat was Frank Lampard's first after a run of 13 unbeaten fixtures across all competitions while the loss to Villa was the third for the Wolves from their previous six League utings.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League form guide: L-D-W-L-L
Chelsea Premier League form guide: W-W-D-W-L
Nuno Santo is seriously handicapped by the absence of the mercurial Raul Jimenez upfront who is definitely out for a long time after suffering a head injury against Arsenal. Spanish full-back Jonny looks doubtful while midfielder Joao Moutinho remains suspended.
Chelsea will have to do without the services of winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and ex-Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech, both of the players nursing injuries.
Wolverhampton Wanderers probable starting XI in a 4-3-3 formation: Rui Patricio (goal), Nelson Semedo, Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Fernando Marcal, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Daniel Podence, Adama Traore, Fabio Silva, Pedro Neto
Chelsea probable starting XI in a 4-3-3 formation: Edouard Mendy (goal), Reece James, Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic, N'Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Timo Werner
The Wolves have had to depend on teenage Portuguese striker Fabio Silva in the absence of Jimenez with Traore and Neto flanking him and the creative Podence playing behind the frontal trio.
For Chelsea, Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Tmmy Abraham will have to fire after their disappointing performances against Everton. The talented Bayer Leverkusen signing Kai Havertz has been totally off-key in recent games and has been quite understandably given a pass by Lampard.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea Verdict
Barring their below-par show in the Everton game, Chelsea have looked a formidable outfit and very adept both in offense and defense. Moreover, the Blues have a huge advantage on a head-to-head basis over the Wolves having won 9 of their 12 previous encounters, losing just two and drawing one. Wolves, without the mercurial Jimenez, will no doubt go into the Molineux game as underdogs. The Wet midland side are presently struggling in the 13th spot on the points table and look to be headed southwards barring surprises in the coming games.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea Bookmaker odds
All the Bet365 odds quoted are subject to change and were correct as of 11/12/2020.
- Chelsea to win: 4/6
- Draw; 14/5
- Wolves to win: 17/4
Both Teams To Score odds
(WilliamHill odds – subject to change)
- Yes: 10/11
- No: 4/5
Correct score odds & predicted scorelines
- Chelsea 1-0: 13/2
- Draw 1-1: 7/1
- Chelsea 2-0: 15/2
- Chelsea 2-1: 17/2 at Bet365 (predicted scoreline)
- Draw 0-0: 9/1
- Chelsea 3-1: 14/1 at Bet365 (probable scoreline)
- Wolves 1-0: 12/1
- Wolves 2-1: 16/1
- Draw 2-2: 18/1
- Chelsea 3-2: 28/1
Anytime goalscorer odds
- Timo Werner: 11/8
- Olivier Giroud: 8/5
- Tammy Abraham: 17/10
- Christian Pulisic: 9/5
- Mason Mount: 10/3
- Fabio Silva: 16/5
- Pedro Neto: 3/1
- Daniel Podence: 10/3
- Ruben Neves: 9/1
- No Goalscorer: 15/2 (BetVictor)