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PREVIEW: Chelsea vs Wolves

Maurizio Sarri will be looking for his fourth consecutive win today when his side face Nuno Santo’s Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

A win today for Chelsea, as well as a win in their other game in hand could potentially lift them to third place in the table, which would top off an excellent turnaround for the Blues since their Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City a month ago.

They have a big task at hand today however, as Wolves have been very impressive against the big clubs away from home this season; beating Tottenham, taking a point off both Arsenal and United as well as beating Chelsea at home earlier on in the season.

Quotes from the Managers

Sarri:

“I remember very well that after Wolves scored to make it 1-1 we stopped playing.

“We went into trouble and started again only in the last 10 matches. I will study very well that match because we need to arrive to this match with the right level of preparation and the right level of mentality.”

Nuno:

“We look at Chelsea and know what we’re going to face. Fantastic football, a fantastic manager. They will be very difficult, but we have to try and be focused on what we can do to prevent Chelsea from playing.

“We have to know that going there, we have to be ready to compete. It’s a big thing for us; to be truly ready to compete.”

Match Facts

Chelsea have won all of their Premier League home games against Wolves, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two.

Wolves are looking to do their first league-double over
Chelsea for the first time since the 1974-75 top-flight campaign, when Chelsea were relegated.

Wolves could become the first promoted team to do the Premier League double over Chelsea since Charlton Athletic in the 2000-01 campaign.

Chelsea are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September, when they won their opening five of the season. At home, they’ve won their last three by an aggregate score of 9-1.

Wolves have won more points against the ‘big six’ sides (9) than any of the other 14 sides in the Premier League this season and have already avoided defeat away at Arsenal (1-1), Manchester United (1-1) and Tottenham Hotspur (3-1). 

Chelsea have lost just one of their last 53 home league games against promoted sides (W44 D8), losing against Bournemouth in December 2015.

Lineups

Chelsea subs: Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Giroud.
Wolves subs: Ruddy, Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Adama Traore, Kilman.

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