Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Preview, Betting Tips and Odds.

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Preview, Betting Tips and Odds.

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton predictions for Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Plenty on the line at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea and Wolves go head-to-head in a make or break showdown at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with a European qualification place the prize for the victors in the capital.

For Chelsea, Champions League football via a top-four finish is the target, and the Blues need just one point from their season finale to ensure that elite continental football will be played at the Bridge again next term.

The Blues fell to 4th place in mid-week when they were beaten 5-3 in a pulsating game by newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield, but with top-four rivals Leicester City and Manchester United also facing off on Sunday, Chelsea only need to avoid defeat against Wanderers to secure their Champions League berth.

Chelsea’s Merseyside reverse was their third away defeat in four assignments since the start of July, though results on their own patch during the same period have been vastly superior, and the Blues can win their 4th Premier League fixture on the bounce at Stamford Bridge since the restart with a victory in their climactic contest on Sunday.

Wolves Europa League aspirations
Wolves, just four points behind Chelsea in 6th, had threatened to upset the established order in the Premier League for much of the season, and while Wanderers’ bid to secure a Champions League place ultimately fell short, a spot in the Europa League would represent a decent consolation prize.

To get there, Wolves will need to battle their way to a positive result at Stamford Bridge, or hope that Crystal Palace do them a favour against 7th placed Spurs, though Nuno Espirito Santo won’t want to rely on help from elsewhere to decide his team’s destiny.

With 13 points from eight games since the resumption of play last month, Wolves’ form has been solid if unspectacular, though they recovered well from successive defeats to Arsenal and Sheffield United at the start of July, to take seven points from nine against Everton, Burnley and Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.

Both teams likely to score
In their midweek defeat at Anfield, Chelsea displayed the same mix of dynamic attacking play and subpar defending that has combined to produce goals at both ends in a high number of their matches this season.

The top-heavy Blues, who notched in 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions, regularly have trouble keeping the door shut at the other end, as evidenced by their return of just five clean sheets from their last 20 assignments.

On Sunday, Chelsea host a threatening Wolves side that possess plenty of counter-punching power on the road, and with Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore a potent attacking trident, Wanderers scored at least once in 14 of their 18 Premier League away games since August.

It’s worth noting however, that both teams scored in 11 of those 18 matches, and we expect Wolves to struggle to contain a Chelsea forward line heavily sprinkled with stardust.

With so much riding on Sunday’s result, we expect an attacking impetus from both teams on Sunday, and their respective impressive goal-scoring records make both teams to score market an attractive option at the prices available.

Both teams found the net in each of the clubs’ three league meetings since Wolves promotion in 2018, and history should repeat itself in their latest tussle on Sunday.

Our correct score prediction tips Chelsea to eventually fire their way to a 2-1 win, however. The Blues, armed with a five-match winning streak at home, are playing with confidence at present, and despite their loss on Wednesday, Frank Lampard would have taken plenty of positives from his team’s performance at Anfield.

Wolves, who conceded one or fewer goals in 11 of their last 16 away matches, should be expected to put up a real fight on Sunday however, though Chelsea, who are averaging 2.4 goals per 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge since February, should be able to force a win to cement their Champions League qualification.

Anytime Goalscorer pick: Christian Pulisic
USA international Christian Pulisic had been nursing an injury complaint of late, though the ex-Dortmund starlet made a stunning impact on his return to the pitch at Anfield in mid-week.

Pulisic, who was introduced in the 55th minute, made one and scored one of Chelsea’s second-half goals in a breath-taking cameo performance for the Blues.

The 21-year-old, who has scored four Premier League goals since the restart, has seen his influence steadily grow as his debut campaign has gone on, and the technically talented winger is certain to be heavily involved in the Blues’ crucial final fixture on Sunday.

Pulisic has the potential to be a match-definer again at Stamford Bridge and looks a more than useful selection from the anytime goalscorer options this weekend.

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton team news
Billy Gilmour and Marco van Ginkel are still sidelined for Chelsea, while N’Golo Kante is still rated as doubtful as he struggles to recover from a thigh injury.

Christian Pulisic looks certain to start following his superb showing from the bench against Liverpool in mid-week. Frank Lampard could revert to a back four for Sunday’s game, which would open up an extra spot further forward.

Chelsea predicted line-up: Arrizabalaga – Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso – Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount – Willian, Pulisic, Giroud

Wolves’ remarkable fitness record continues this week and Wanderers have a clean bill of health for Sunday’s game.

Nuno Espirito Santo isn’t expected to spring any surprises with his XI, and from one to eleven, his team picks itself.

Wolves predicted line-up: Patricio – Boly, Coady, Saiss – Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny – Traore, Jimenez, Jota
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