After showing some signs of initial struggle under Bruno Lage, Wolves have found their feet and sit just outside the European spots with a fighting chance of returning to continental competition. With seven wins, seven defeats and three draws from their opening 17 Premier League matches, Wolves are five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and recently ended a poor run of form. Prior to their game against Brighton in midweek, Wolves had drawn two and lost two of their previous four matches but a 1-0 victory has lifted them away from the bottom half. They’ll be looking to build on that win this weekend against a team currently suffering.
Chelsea may be just four points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City but they started December top of the league and have really had a month to forget so far. The Blues have won two of their five league games in December including one on the first day of the month, but the performances even in the victories have been worrying. Even more worrying have been the dropped points. Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by West Ham despite dominating the game for large periods and then drew with an Everton side that had lost four of their previous five matches. Then there was the draw against Zenit in the Champions League which saw Chelsea finish second in their group (though they did get the best draw possible in the last 16).
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Wolves vs Chelsea: Match Stats
Chelsea entered December having conceded just five goals in 13 Premier League matches and talk was starting to surface of them breaking their own record for least goals conceded in a single season. But that has flown out of the window. In their past five league matches, including a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the end of November, Chelsea have conceded eight goals and kept no clean sheets. They are also in poor form and Wolves will look to exploit that.
One Chelsea player that cannot be included as part of their poor form is Mason Mount who has been trying to pick up the pieces of their stuttering, and thread-bare, attack. The English midfielder has scored in each of his past four Premier League games for Chelsea and will be looking to become the first Blues player to net in five consecutive league matches since Frank Lampard in 2010.
27 January 2021 – Chelsea 0-0 Wolves – Premier League
15 December 2020 – Wolves 2-1 Chelsea – Premier League
26 July 2020 – Chelsea 2-0 Wolves – Premier League
14 September 2019 – Wolves 2-5 Chelsea – Premier League
10 March 2019 – Chelsea 1-1 Wolves – Premier League
Wolves were the opponents in Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge of Chelsea, a match that finished goalless and ensured the Blues went winless against their opponents last season. It was the second time in three seasons that Chelsea had failed to beat Wolves over two games in the league, doing the double in the other (2019/20).