The last time these two sides met was in September 2012, when (skip this sentence Wolves fans) Chelsea demolished Wanderers 6-0. Chelsea have won 8/9 of the previous encounters, scoring 22 goals, conceding 3 and inflicting plenty of pain. I’m sure though they’ll be one or two Wolverhampton supporters who remember the cold winter meeting at Molineux in 2011 where the home team humbled the blues, Jose Bosingwa scoring the decisive own goal. Sadly that result wasn’t enough to keep Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League that season, and like so many they’ve found the drop so difficult to recover from ever since.
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Quite frankly very few could of predicted the heroics of Wolverhampton against Liverpool as their form in the EFL Championship is decidedly less than average. In fact since that win they’ve lost 3 on the bounce, twice at home, failing to score both times. If you do fancy Andreas Weimann to grab the winning goal again though, as he did against the Reds, he can be backed at 14/1 (with Ladbrokes – Bet Here!).
Currently 8/1 (with Paddypower – Bet Here!) to win the game, I feel Wolverhampton are actually a little bit undervalued, I’d be wanting 10’s to have an interest in that market. But don’t despair Wolves fans you’re team have plenty of value in other markets! Why not look at the Insure first goal scorer bet at Paddypower...the terms: stake returned if your player fails to score the first goal but scores anytime during the match. Top scorers for the team Dave Edwards and Helder Costa can be backed at 7/1 & 8/1 respectively* (With Paddy Power – Bet Here!)
After playing their third game in seven days I can envisage a few tired legs at the back for Wolves. It’s likely that a few yellow cards will be handed out, with the referee unlikely to want to dish a red for a cup game. Instead I’m plumping for Wolves to concede a penalty anytime at 3/1 (With William Hill – Bet Here!) which I expected to be a tad shorter.
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With the Premier League looking within touching distance and no European exploits to speak of Chelsea must be looking to add the FA Cup to their trophy cabinet this year, besides they could do with playing more than once a week for the foreseeable future! With this in mind I can’t see anything else than Conte putting his first team out, a scary thought for Wolves fans!
SkyBet have done us a favour by offering 20, yes 20/1 (Bet Here!) for Diego Costa to score first. Unless they have some strong inside information it’s baffling why they would choose this as a price boost, why drop Costa to ‘rest’ him with no game for 7 days either side of this tie?!
By covering ourselves on that price boost we can spread a few more pennies around in first goal scorer bracket, Willian’s available at 7’s (With BetVictor – Bet Here!) and Pedro’s at 5’s (With Betfair Sportsbook – Bet Here!). To note: 86% of Chelsea’s first goalscorer’s this season have been one of the front three.
Aside from that market you’ll most likely want a win to nil on your side at 7/5 (With Paddypower – Bet Here!) and Chelsea to score 2+ goals at 4/9 (With Coral – Bet Here!). Chelsea/Chelsea on the half time/ full time market at 11/10 (With Coral – Bet Here!) also looks like accumulator material as well.
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- Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches against Wolves in all competitions.
- Chelsea have been winning at both half time and full time in 5 of their last 7 matches against Wolves in all competitions.
- Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches against Wolves in all competitions.
- Wolves have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches against Chelsea in all competitions.
- All Acton! David Edwards leads the goals and cards charts for Wolverhampton Wanders.
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I think this tie may well be over before its begun with Chelsea coming out decisive winners. Antonio Conte has proven already this term that he likes consistency and goes against needlessly resting players so therefore I expect a strong line up from the Blues. There really is little the home side will be able to do to stop the Blues, but no doubt will shape up solid and compact. Unfortunately this could be one to watch through squinted eyes by the home support!