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Chorley vs Wolves: Predictions
Wolves are so far failing to meet the high standards set by Nuno Espirito Santo in the Premier League this season. Currently sat in 14th place, Wolves come into this game off the back of a crushing 3-2 defeat at home to rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Friday’s visitors travel to an out-of-form Chelsea next Wednesday so it is likely Espirito Santo will rest a number of his key players. However, the Portuguese manager will be wary of Chorley providing another upset following their 2-0 victory over Championship side Derby County.
Wolves will be looking to put last weekend’s derby defeat behind and regain some defensive confidence with their only clean sheet since October 2020 coming in the last round of the FA Cup against Crystal Palace.
That victory against the Eagles was the only win in Wolves’ last seven games. Espirito Santo will be looking to get his side back on track with a home tie in the next round against Southampton or Arsenal at stake for the winner of Friday’s clash.
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Chorley vs Wolves: Match Stats
Wolves have also dried up in front of goal this season following the departure of Diogo Jota to Liverpool and the serious head injury picked up by Raul Jiminez earlier in the season against Arsenal. Fabio Silva has been the go-to option for Espirito Santo and the youngster will be hoping to push on after scoring his second Premier League goal on the weekend.
The defensive woes are clear to see, however, Chorley are the only non-league side remaining in the competition and although Wolves should not underestimate them it is a huge opportunity for their defence to claim only their second clean sheet in three months.
Wolves haven’t been afraid to supply inexperienced striker Fabio Silva with chances so far this season, as his passes received network map shows.
24 November 1986 – Chorley 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers – FA Cup
18 November 1986 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Chorley – FA Cup
15 November 1986 – Chorley 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers – FA Cup
These two sides have actually crossed paths before in the FA Cup, way back in 1986. Back then, replays were played until a winner was decided and although Wolves were a Division Four side back then, they’ll have been embarrassed to be beaten 3-0 by the Northern Premier League outfit in a third clash after back-to-back 1-1 draws.