April 13, 2024

Wolves will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.

The Wanderers are coming off a 4-3 loss to Manchester United on Thursday night, which broke their seven-match unbeaten streak.
Wolves are now 11th in the Premier League rankings, but a win in West London would allow them to leapfrog Chelsea, who are two points ahead in 10th.

The opposite encounter was won 2-1 by Gary O’Neil’s team, with Mario Lemina and Matt Doherty scoring and Christopher Nkunku adding a late consolation goal.

That victory sparked their seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, which was ended by the Red Devils, but they’ll be looking to break one record by defeating Chelsea.

Wolves have not accomplished the league double against the Blues since 1974/75, but if they do it on Sunday, it will bring an end to a 49-year wait.

 

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Chris Sutton makes Chelsea vs Wolves score prediction

Chris Sutton, who made his prediction ahead of the match, was disappointed with Chelsea’s performance in their 4-1 loss to Liverpool on midweek, and expects a close game at Stamford Bridge.

“I base these forecasts on what I see, and I was painting an optimistic picture of Chelsea following their brief run before the Liverpool game. But Anfield served as a reminder of where they are, and in addition to their defensive concerns, they are not a free-scoring or free-flowing team,” Sutton told BBC Sport.

“Wolves lost to Manchester United on Thursday, ending their unbeaten run, but we know they will be well-organised and pose a threat – but Chelsea are still a small club, and we don’t know what to expect from them from week to week.

“Sutton’s prediction: 1-1.”

A big chance for Wolves

Teams no longer fear playing Chelsea at home. The narrative has shifted totally; teams now go there knowing they have a strong chance of winning, and O’Neil will be confident in his team’s ability on Sunday.

The Wanderers will need to be more structured than they were against United, as they were sloppy defensively and gave the visitors much too much room.

If they do the same thing against Chelsea with their quality, they will be picked off, so they must keep it tight and thrive on the counter-attack.

The hosts will enjoy long periods of possession, but with Pedro Neto and Matheus Cunha in transition, Wolves can likely deliver.

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