English Premier League
Stamford Bridge, Fulham, England
Key Stat: Wolves have failed to win any of their last four away league games, conceding ten goals in the process.
Expert Verdict: Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tenure is over and the Blues are looking again to a different future. Their exciting summer signings have failed to consistently fire but the talent is undoubtedly there. A new manager and new direction could be exactly what they need and they can kick off this new era with a win
Chelsea’s latest new chapter begins with a home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, two days after sacking Frank Lampard. The Blues took the decision after dropping to ninth in the table, but they still sit five places and seven points clear of Wolves. The match takes place at Stamford Bridge on January 27 and the live action starts at 18:00 local time.
Defenders:Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Ben Chilwell
Midfielders:Matteo Kovacic, Jorginho, Mason Mount
Forwards:Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic
Defenders:Nelson Semedo, Conor Coady, Willy Boly, Romain Saiss
Midfielders:Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho
Forwards:Adama Traore, Fabio Silva, Pedro Neto
Since Wolves returned to the Premier League in 2018, they have played Chelsea five times with each team winning two of those meetings. Last season, Chelsea did the double – winning 5-2 at Molineux and 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Last month, however, goals from Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto saw Wolves come from an Olivier Giroud goal down to win 2-1 at home. Here are the results of their last five matches:
Dec 15, 2020: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea
Jul 26, 2020: Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sep 14, 2019: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-5 Chelsea
Mar 10, 2019: Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Dec 05, 2018: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea
Chelsea will hope changing managers will have an immediate impact and they can be backed at 8/13 to win with Betway.
Over 2.5 goals will return 10/11 with Bet365 and 888sport.
Timo Werner is one of the new signings hoping a change in manager also leads to a change in his own fortunes and he is 8/5 with Betway to score at any time.
A change in manager can have a big impact on a team. Chelsea have the players, they just need to find a way of making it work together and they can start this new era with a win.