After suffering tough losses midweek, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers aim to bounce back in this Sunday’s Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea faced a heavy 4-1 defeat against Liverpool, while Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 4-3 to Manchester United following late-game excitement.
Chelsea’s visit to Anfield turned into the Conor Bradley show, with Liverpool’s young right-back leading his team to victory.
Liverpool was up by two goals at halftime, thanks to Diogo Jota and Bradley. Bradley also assisted Dominik Szoboszlai’s goal in the second half, while Luis Diaz added to Chelsea’s woes.
Christopher Nkunku scored a consolation goal for Chelsea, who might have had two penalties. Darwin Nunez’s missed chances kept the score from widening further.
Chelsea, currently 10th, could move up to eighth with a win, depending on other results. Despite struggles away, Chelsea has been strong at home, going 10 matches unbeaten at Stamford Bridge.
Wolves’ recent match against Manchester United was a close call until the end. After falling behind early, Wolves mounted a comeback but ultimately lost due to a late goal by Man United’s Kobbie Mainoo.
This loss ended Wolves’ seven-game unbeaten streak, placing them just behind Chelsea in the league standings. Wolves have struggled away from home, but they did beat Chelsea 2-1 last December.
Chelsea has only won one of their last seven league matches against Wolves, including a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last season.
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Nicolas Jackson is set to return for Chelsea after Senegal’s early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations. However, Levi Colwill and several others remain sidelined due to injuries.
Chelsea may make changes after their defeat at Liverpool, with Jackson, Nkunku, and Malo Gusto potentially starting.
Wolves have no current injuries, but with games close together, changes are expected. Rayan Ait-Nouri might return, and Joao Gomes could start in midfield.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Disasi, Silva, Badiashile, Gusto;
Palmer, Nkunku, Sterling;
Kilman, Dawson, Toti;
Semedo, Lemina, Gomes, Ait-Nouri;
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Despite defensive issues in their last games, Chelsea’s home performance and extra rest could give them an edge.
Wolves have shown they can challenge Chelsea, but it’s been a long time since they’ve won at Stamford Bridge. Expect Chelsea’s refreshed attack to lead them to victory.