Chelsea host Wolves at Stamford Bridge, knowing that only 3 points is good enough for the Blues in their pursuit of a top 4 place.
Sarri’s men have just come oFf an impressive win on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie, where they comfortably beat Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, on Thursday night.
And in general, since the Carabao Cup Final loss to Manchester City on penalties- Chelsea have been on a good run. Picking up 3 wins in 3 games in all competitions.
However it all hasn’t been good at Chelsea this week. As they have been hit with the news on Friday that FIFA denied the club’s request to suspend the transfer ban, until the appeal is held.
This news means that it is looking likely that Chelsea will not be able to sign any players in this Summer’s window. The only hope they have got now is if the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) overturn FIFA’s decision. It is looking likely that the club will now appeal to the CAS. It’s a matter of time…
Nuno’s Wolves side will come to Stamford Bridge with no fear. They have caused many upsets this season against the top 6 in the Premier League.
They also come into this game on the back of a win, when they beat Cardiff 2-0 in the Premier League at the Molineux.
Recent form for both sides in the League
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass on offer for £8.99. Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app.
With no injuries to contend with, the hosts are likely to bring the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain back into the line-up after being rested for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev.
Ryan Bennett is suspended after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Cardiff.
Predicted Starting elevens
Chelsea’s predicted starting eleven (4-3-3)- Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Barkley; Hazard, Pedro, Higuain.
Wolves predicted starting eleven (4-2-3-1)- Patricio; Jonny, Boly, Coady, Doherty; Dendoncker, Saiss; Morgan-Gibbs White, Cavaleiro, Jota; Jimenez.
Chelsea Manager: Maurizio Sarri (Quotes Credit- BBC Sport)
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri: “I think we can gain the spot in the Champions League in the Premier League.
“We are fighting. We are only two points away, at the moment, and have to play one match in hand.”
Wolves Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo (Quotes Credit- BBC Sport)
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo: “[December’s win over Chelsea] was a very important moment because it ended a very bad moment, a bad run we had.
“It was a turning point in the competition but we know there are always ups and downs.
“When you have something that doesn’t work out, it’s about bouncing back and recovering and returning to these standards again.
“We made those against Cardiff after a bad performance, so let’s sustain that consistency and challenge ourselves on Sunday.”
Head to Head record
These two sides have met 106 times over the years in all competitions, with Chelsea having the better head to head record. The Blues have beaten Wolves on 41 occasions. There have been 26 draws between these two sides. And surprisingly, Wolves have beaten Chelsea on 39 occasions, so Chelsea only just edge the head to head record.
One of their recent meetings barring just the League, came in the FA Cup in the 2016/17 season, when a Diego Costa and Pedro goal was enough to see Chelsea progress to the next round of the FA Cup that year.
In terms of the league head to head record, Wolves surprisingly have the upper hand in that category on the Blues. In 101 occasions where these two sides have met in League competitions- the side from the Midlands have beaten the West-Londoners of 38 occasions. There have been 26 draws between these two sides over the years in the League. And the Blues have beaten Wolves on 37 occasions in the League.
Their last meeting in the League, came earlier this season in early December, where a late turnaround shocked Chelsea as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at the Molineux. Diogo Jota scored the crucial goal to give Wolves the 3 points on that occasion.
Can Chelsea avoid a repeat of this result? Every Chelsea fan certainly hopes so!
Betting Odds and Match Predictions
Betfair have made Chelsea favourites to pick up 3 points from this match on Sunday. They have priced a Chelsea win at 11/30. A draw between these two sides is being priced at 10/3. And a surprise Wolves win is being priced at 6/1.
My realistic prediction for this game as a Journalist. is a 1-1 draw.
My optimistic prediction for this game as a Chelsea fan, is a 2-0 Chelsea win. I think if we turn up the we win this game. If not, then we will slip up in the top 4 race. I think Higuain and Hazard will score at the weekend.
Comment down below your score predictions for this match
By Danyal Khan