Chelsea welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Stanford Bridge this Sunday in what is their last game of the campaign.
The Blues who are still searching for a top-four finish head into this tie in need of just a point to secure Champions League football next season. After their midweek exertions that saw them concede five times, Frank Lampard knows that they cannot afford to be lax and allow Jimenez and co. to have some joy against them.
Wolves on their part are guaranteed a top-seven finish this season as they sit in 6th position with 58 points. However, with Arsenal in the FA cup final, they still aren’t guaranteed Europa league for next season as the Gunners will book a spot in Europa next season if they defeat Chelsea in the FA cup. So Nuno Esprinto’s boys still have a lot to play for as they’ll look to take home all three points and consolidate in 6th place.
Frank Lampard is expected to start Christian Pulisic this Sunday after the American’s exciting cameo against Liverpool. The winger who scored and assisted after coming in in the second period is expected to lead the attack in this tie. Ngolo Kante is also expected to start to Frank Lampard after returning to training within the week.
Wolves meanwhile have no injury worries.
Head to Head
Chelsea have lost just once in their last five meetings with their Sunday opponents.
Chelsea’s last five competitive games: LWLDW
Wolves’ last five competitive games: DLWDW
Chelsea enter this tie with five wins from their last five home games in the league. In that period, they scored twelve times conceding just twice and keeping three clean sheets. This means that they have averaged 2.40 goals per match in each of their last five league games at home.
In recent times, Frank Lampard’s boys have developed the habit of starting early in their home games with three of their last five victories, seeing them score in the opening half-hour.
They also won each of the first half in that period, while also keeping the visitors of the day at bay in the firs-half
Meanwhile, The Blues are yet to lose against Wolves at home in five games with only one draw in that period. In fact, they kept four consecutive clean sheets before their most recent 1:1 draw in 2019.
Wolves on their part head into this tie without any away win in two matches (D1, L1). However, they still remain formidable overall on their road travels.
Since February, the visitors have recorded just two losses (W7, D4), making them one of the most in-form teams in the league heading into this tie.
This season alone, they have recorded seven wins (D7, L4) on their road travels, making them the fifth-best teams on the road this season. To put in context, only champions Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than Patricio’s boys on the road this term.
This season alone, they have proven to be a sort of a bogey team for the teams in the top six having lost just once (W2, D2) in their road travels to top-six teams.
However, Frank Lampard will take hope that Chelsea has not lost when ending the season at Stamford Bridge since 2001/2002 season.
Chelsea to win the first half/Wolves to win second half @ 45/1
Both teams to score/Yes @ 4/5
Over 3.5 goals@ 12/5