Chelsea (17-5-6) vs. Wolverhampton (12-7-10)
Premier League: 03-10-2019 at 14:05 UST (Stamford Bridge)
Odds: Chelsea: 1.55, Draw: 4.20, Wolverhampton: 7.00
Premier League picks Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton
Chelsea welcomes Wolverhampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday for a clash between the sixth and seventh in the league. Despite being a match between two teams closely ranked, Chelsea are the favourites. Indeed, the Blues have a comfortable thirteen points cushion over their opponents of the day. Furthermore, the London club has reacted well to their Carabao Cup final loss by winning their three games since. This streak includes a 2-0 home win against London rivals Tottenham as well as a convincing success over Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League. Nevertheless, Chelsea‘s season has been very inconsistent and hesitant. Indeed, Maurizio Sarri’s men haven’t maintained a winning streak of more than three games since November. Wolverhampton will undoubtedly hope to continue that trend on Sunday. Despite a slower dynamic lately, the Wolves are still a difficult team to face. Indeed, they surprisingly lost 1-0 to the bottom of the league, Huddersfield, two weeks ago. They nevertheless clinched the win against Cardiff City last Saturday in a match that was over in 20 minutes. Nuno Espirito Santo’s team has a tactical system which could really hinder Chelsea’s game.
For instance, Santo usually composes with a 3-5-2 based around a technical midfield and turbulent attacking line. The Portuguese tactician will be able to use an almost full squad as only Bennett will be unavailable (suspended). Rui Patricio will return to the starting line-up and should have Saïss, Coady and Boly in front of him. Doherty and Traoré will probably start as wing-backs, unless Castro is preferred to the Spanish to ensure more defensive solidity. Neves and Moutinho, after being rested against Cardiff could also return to the midfield. They could bring technical guarantees next to Leander Dedoncker in the middle of the pitch. Finally, Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez should complete the starting line-up. Indeed, the two men have combined for 17 goals and 9 assists this season in the Premier league. Their movement is difficult to track for opponents and coupled to the midfield’s passing abilities could be lethal against Chelsea.
The Blues will probably start in Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3. The Italian decided to rest a few key players against Dynamo Kyiv who will re-take their place in the line-up. Rüdiger will probably be back to form a centre-back pairing with David Luiz. To their sides, Emerson and Azpilicueta should start as well. N’Golo Kanté played 30 minutes against Kyiv and should start against the Wolves. The World Champion should have to his side Jorginho and Barkley. Hazard and Higuain were also given their Thursday night and should be well-rested to lead the attack. Either Pedro or Willian, both author of a goal Thursday should complete this strong line-up.
Premier League schedule Wolverhampton vs. Chelsea
Chelsea have been very good at home this season while Wolverhampton’s away form is not particularly impressive. The Blues have more talent and the doubts from the Carabao Cup seem to have been alleviated. Depite Nuno Espirito Santo’s tactical science, Sarri’s men should dominate and come away with the win.
PICK: Chelsea 2-1 Wolverhampton