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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea

Wolves to draw 1-1 with Chelsea- 6/1!


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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea

April 08, 2023

3:00 pm GMT+1

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea match preview

804 days after last taking charge of Chelsea, Frank Lampard is back.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Lampard has been appointed as interim manager, after Graham Potter was sacked just last weekend.

In mid-week, with Bruno at the helm, the Blues played out a comically low-quality goalless draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

This means, remarkably, those two clubs have played out four consecutive 0-0 draws, which accounts for over 465 minutes of football without either team scoring.

Overall, having won just three of 14 matches in 2023, the Blues remain rooted in 11th, five points below the European spots.

As has been the case for a while, Chelsea’s focus is on Wednesday’s clash with Real Madrid, but they’ll need to rapidly improve to stand any chance against the reigning European champions.

Hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers have plenty to play for, kicking off 14th, a mere one point clear of danger.

Julen Lopetegui’s team earned a pivotal point away to Nottingham Forest last weekend, with Daniel Podence poking home an equaliser at the City Ground.

Nevertheless, the Wanderers have won just one of their last seven, so are far from safe just yet.

All three of Wolves’ wins over Chelsea in the last 40 years have come at Molineux, most-recently victorious in December 2020, when Frank Lampard was in the visiting dugout.

A season earlier, Lampard’s side were rampant in the Black Country, winning 5-2, so which way will this one go?

Wolverhampton Wanderers team news

Rúben Neves’ yellow card against Nottingham Forest means he’ll be suspended for this game, as well as next Saturday’s clash with Brentford.

Right-back Nélson Semedo is also one booking away from a two-game ban of his own.

On the other side, Jonny is still suspended, after his straight red against Leeds, so Hugo Bueno could deputise, after Toti did so last week.

Daniel Podence, who scored off the bench a week ago, has been charged by the FA for spitting, which’ll likely lead to a ban.

Diego Costa, who made 120 appearances for Chelsea, will be on the bench, hoping for his first goal for anyone since November 2021.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): José Sá; Semedo, Dawson, Kilman, Bueno; Lemina, Moutinho, Nunes; A Troaré, Neto, Cunha.

Chelsea team news

Having had less than 48 hours to prepare for this match, it’ll be interesting to see if Frank Lampard shakes things up.

Lampard didn’t really fancy Kepa Arrizabalaga very much when he was in charge before, so could Édouard Mendy, who’s only just back after a shoulder injury, feature for the first time since November?

Mason Mount is firmly a Lampard favourite, so he could also return having missed five matches due to a bruised pelvis.

The only good news for Chelsea supporters on Tuesday night was that N’Golo Kanté is back, starting for the first time since August.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored twice against Lampard’s Chelsea in the 2020 FA Cup Final, hasn’t even been on the bench for any of the last four matches, so could he return to the fold?

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; James, Fofana, Koulibaly, Chilwell; Kanté, Fernández, Kovačić; João Félix, Mount, Havertz.

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