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Chelsea vs Wolves: Predictions
Despite securing their spot in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Chelsea decided to call time on Lampard’s spell as manager of the club, sacking the former midfielder on Monday afternoon. It comes with the Blues suffering a poor run of form which has seen them drop from top spot (temporarily) at the start of December to ninth.
Chelsea have won just four of their past 10 games across all competitions, with two of those victories coming against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup. That same run has seen the Blues lose to Wolves, Arsenal, Man City and Leicester, furthering Lampard’s poor record against the bigger clubs in the division. Thomas Tuchel is the favourite to replace Lampard and could be in the dugout in time for Wednesday’s game.
Regardless of whether Tuchel is in charge or not, Chelsea have a tough match on Wednesday to try and prove sacking Lampard was the right decision, hosting a Wolves side looking to climb up the table. Since beating Chelsea in mid-December, Nuno Espirito Santo have won just two of their past eight games, both victories coming in the FA Cup.
In the Premier League, Wolves have lost four of their past six games, including a 3-2 defeat to relegation-battling West Brom last time out. But Wolves may take heart from the situation and uncertainty at Chelsea, as they did a month ago.
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Chelsea vs Wolves: Match Stats
Despite their poor form, Chelsea do have a good record against Wolves, winning five of the six Premier League meetings between these two sides at Stamford Bridge. With their poor performances having cost Lampard his job, now would be the best time for Chelsea’s players to step up and kickstart the quest for a top four finish.
One player that may feel he has something to prove this week will be Timo Werner. The German was signed to finish the chances Chelsea were missing last season things just haven’t worked out for him after a promising start, with the goals drying up. At the weekend, he missed a penalty against Luton and has just one goal in 16 games since the end of the November winter break. With a new boss, or just a non-Lampard manager, Werner could find himself playing in a formation that best suits his attributes.
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
5 December 2018 – Wolves 2-1 Chelsea – Premier League
Although Wolves are chasing the double over Chelsea this season, history does not shine brightly on them. Not since 1974/75 have Wolves done a top-flight league double over Chelsea, while the Blues are also unbeaten in their past nine home matches across all competitions in this fixture.