Wolves Vs Chelsea: Score Predictions

Wolves away will no doubt be yet another tricky fixture for Chelsea. In fact, it actually shows a lot of similarities to the Everton side they faced midweek. Wolves are another team that are very out of form, ravaged by injuries and desperate to pick up their first three points in a few weeks. Coupled with the fact Chelsea are looking at their most vulnerable right now, it could be another frustrating game for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Molineux is also somewhere Chelsea have struggled in recent years. Since Wolves returned to the Premier League in 2018, Chelsea have lost to them twice away in three games. It’s a head place to go, and not really the ideal fixture for Chelsea in their current state.

Chelsea dropped more points at home in midweek, Wolves are up next for the Blues. Image courtesy of Getty Images.
Chelsea dropped more points at home in midweek, Wolves are up next for the Blues. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Still, this won’t be a normal game and it’s interesting that it’s even going ahead. Many other Premier League games this matchday have been called off due to COVID and both teams have several key players missing due to the virus and other injuries.

Chelsea will be without Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi, after all three tested positive at the weekend. Thankfully, Kai Havertz’ test came back negative and he is available for selection. Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also doubts, although Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante could be ready to step in. Chelsea have also reportedly had two more COVID tests on Saturday morning, but it is unknown who will be missing.

Wolves are also missing some important players. Fabio Silva and Yerson Mosquera both have to isolate with Covid, while Hwang Hee-Chan is a doubt through injury.

It’s going to be another difficult match for Chelsea but with so many players out, it’s all about the result. We all want to see an improvement in performances but things are so difficult with nearly the entire first-choice midfield and attacked out. If Chelsea can find a way to score some goals and get a big three points, that will be good enough.

Ahead of the match, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social have shared their thoughts on how the match will pan out.

Vik (@CFCVik)

Wolves away will always be tricky. You look at last season when we went there and lost 2-1 which was during the period where we were really poor and this one is going to be no different. Wolves look a decent team. They create chances, score goals and look good under their new manager.

It’s not looking great for us. It’s all gone a bit downhill since our 4-0 win against Juventus. We’ve had wins where we’ve been extremely lucky like against Leeds and games where we couldn’t hack it and drop silly point; Everton, Burnley and Utd etc.

We waste too many chances. Some are blaming the formation and injuries but it’s not that. We had a team more than good enough to beat Everton 4-0 minimum and didn’t beat them. Our fringe players haven’t stepped up to the plate and we just don’t kill games off.

Wolves’ will definitely be up for it. It could be the last game we play for a few weeks or months so they’ll definitely turn it up and make it extremely tough for us. It’s up to our players to react with a convincing performance and result. Start Lukaku and we might actually look clinical in front of goal.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Chelsea

Noah Robson (@noahrobson_)

In all honesty, I’m pretty surprised that this game is even going ahead tonight, what with the Covid situation in the Premier League at the moment. Plus, with the other injuries we have, it feels like this could be a pretty tough game for the Blues on Sunday afternoon.

Let’s make one thing clear: Wolves are a tough opponent to play against, even with a fully fit squad to choose from. Take away most of our attacking prospects and play a 50% fit Kante and recently returned Kovacic behind them and, well, without wanting to sound too pessimistic, it feels like a recipe for disaster.

After the performance on Thursday night, I’m really not feeling all too confident. Of course, we could end up snatching a tight 1-0 win, combined with some last-ditch defending, but that doesn’t feel hugely likely to me. Instead, I can see us going behind and then grabbing an equaliser before seeing out another draw, ending 1-1 and dropping more vital points in the process. Let’s just hope I’m wrong.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Chelsea

Maria Dulce (@usernamedulce)

After the Everton display in midweek, to be concerned regarding the title race in the current scenario is an understatement. Analyzing the last match’s statistics, it is clear our main problem consists of individual errors – and a severe lack of clinicality in the final third.

Considering the critical form we find ourselves in, the negative test for Covid from Kai Havertz felt like a breath of fresh air. Notably, Havertz and Mount make an outstanding pairing, and hopefully, a familiar duo will improve our verticality and goal scoring. Completing the final third, Ziyech might be an appropriate choice – since he has been constantly involved in playmaking and creating chances. Additionally, in midfield, it looks like there will be a comeback from N’golo Kanté and Mateo Kovacic – a duo that has also been heavily missed and is expected to go back to make the difference in both ball distribution and tackling.

In regards to our opponents, even though standing in 8th place, their defensive approach is everything Chelsea would like to avoid at the moment. Wolves were able to limit their loss to both Man City and Liverpool by only a goal. Even so, an advantage for the Blues is that Bruno Lange’s side has not been the most prolific goalscorers in their last games. For that reason, my final prediction is a draw. C’mon you, Blues!

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Chelsea

Dan Hill (@idanknow05)

Chelsea are in patchy form. Wolves have given Liverpool and Man City some of the toughest games you’re ever likely to see. Wolves are at home. To be honest, I can only see this going one way.

Chelsea’s biggest problems lately have been twofold: an inability to keep clean sheets and an inability to convert chances in front of goal. It baffles the mind how we arrived at this point after arguably one of the best performances I have ever seen against Juventus at home less than 4 weeks ago.

Managing an injury ravaged side is never easy and none of this should necessarily be levelled at Thomas Tuchel. He is an incredible coach and Chelsea just seem to be in the midst of a sticky situation that is difficult to come out of. It feels like we just need one good result to match a good performance.

But I don’t think that result comes here. Wolves are dangerous. They are structurally sound, difficult to break down and possess an abundance of pace and dynamism on the counter attack. They are also very comfortable playing with three at the back, something many teams Chelsea face can’t say.

With such an injury ravaged squad in particularly poor form, I’m afraid I only see a Wolves win in this fixture.

Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Chelsea

Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30)

Amidst the chain of positive outbreaks, Chelsea and Wolves are still a go for the time being. This could change when Match day arises.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have been hit hard by injuries and positive cases like many other premier league teams. Tuchel could be forced to start Kovačić and Kanté who have just returned to training this week.

It’s never an easy period around the holidays especially now as positive cases of the pandemic is starting to rise. I’m very worried about the players and their families but Chelsea will need to get a result away from home.

Wolves themselves are a tricky side and their aim for upset is always eager especially at home. They have won only 2 out of 6 drawing and losing twice. Our form has been rocky and amongst our absentees, we have suffered on the pitch.

I expect a nervy start to the game as the crowd could help Wolves outmatch us in intensity.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Chelsea

Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra)

With all the injuries and positive COVID tests, I’m surprised that this one is even going ahead. Chelsea are at a definite disadvantage here so we’ll have to be at our A game to get anything out of the match.

I’m hoping to see Kai Havertz return to the first team lineup and provide some actual firepower up front. If he can get on the end of Reece James’ deliveries into the box then that could be a good source of goals for us.

I’d also like to see Chalobah make a return to the starting 11. Azpilicueta just doesn’t seem at it this season and we’ve been missing Chalobah’s ability to start attacks and also to be a threat from set pieces.

Overall, this is going to be a really tough match and i can see us struggling again. I expect us to outplay Wolves but perhaps struggle to score freely. Hopefully we will do enough though to come out with a narrow win.

Prediction: Wolves 1-2 Chelsea

Written by CFCExtra (@CFCExtra) with help from Dan, Rey, Maria, Noah and Vik

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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