Despite being winless this Premier League (PL) campaign (D3, L1), Wolves can go 11 top-flight home games unbeaten for the first time since 1971/72 with a mere clean sheet. Wolves’ record from their last ten PL home games offers encouragement this could happen (W6, D4), with the hosts failing to find the net just once during that run.
Though the home crowd will be optimistic of a positive result, only four of Wolves’ 23 goal attempts across their opening two home fixtures have hit the target. Right now, that constitutes the league’s worst shots-on-target ratio in home games (17.39%).
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 3-2 victory at Norwich (Aug 24) saw the ‘Blues’ put an end to a four-game winless league run on the road (D2, L2). However, Chelsea has struggled to defend on their travels, seeing 60% of their conceded shots on target in away games hit the net, which is comfortably the PL’s worst ratio.
Overall, the feeling is that this game could be a tight clash, especially as each of Chelsea’s last six PL away wins have been settled by a one-goal margin. So too have each of their previous three league trips to Molineux Stadium.
Players to watch: Wolves’ top scorer Raúl Jiménez has scored his two PL goals this term no earlier than the 75th minute. For the opposing strikeforce, Tammy Abraham has four goals in the PL so far, with three coming before the break.
Stat attack: Wolves have conceded a majority (three) of their five league goals against in the opening 15 minutes – a league-high.
Three of Chelsea’s last four PL away games have produced at least one goal before the 20th minute.
Four of the last five PL H2Hs at Molineux have seen Chelsea go into the interval with a clean sheet.
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
van Ginkel M.
Referee: Scott G. (Eng),
Venue: Molineux Stadium (Wolverhampton)
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