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Chelsea FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

London, Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea aiming to continue winning start under Potter against managerless Wolves

  • Chelsea have made a winning start under Graham Potter in the Premier League
  • They needed a late winner against Crystal Palace, however, to secure three points
  • Wolves sacked their manager, Bruno Lage, after a run of four defeats from eight

Chelsea to win 2-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: London, Stamford Bridge

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The manager merry-go-round has well and truly started now, with three Premier League bosses already losing their jobs and several more rumoured to be under threat of the sack.

Bruno Lage became the latest casualty when Wolves decided to cut their ties with him. The Portuguese manager has lost four of their eight games this season, winning just one. 

The decision came after a poor defeat to West Ham, another club near the foot of the table. It’s unlikely the club will have a new permanent manager in place for this one.

Chelsea are a month or so into the new era under Graham Potter, and the signs are reasonably positive. A draw in their opening Champions League game was followed up by a narrow win over Crystal Palace.

More encouragingly, they secured an impressive 3-0 win over Italian champions AC Milan in midweek.

The Blues are favourites here.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Encouraging signs are there under Graham Potter

     Win would likely take them into the top four

Reasons to be fearful:

     Haven’t beaten Wolves in last four

     Midweek fixtures could impact players’ fitness levels

Chelsea fans will have been pleased with Graham Potter’s start to life at Chelsea, on the whole. 

The former Brighton coach has won two of his first three games at the club in all competitions and looks to have implemented his style of play quite quickly.

There were times when Chelsea weren’t at their best against Crystal Palace last weekend, but the way in which they came back to win the game will have pleased the new manager. 

As often happens, the players raise their levels to impress a new manager, and it is likely to pay dividends for them this season, especially against struggling teams like Wolves.

In midweek, the Blues really flexed their muscles, dictating the game against the champions of Italy last season. AC Milan had no response to Chelsea’s intensity from the start.

Can they replicate that here? They will be forced to line-up without the injured Wesley Fofana. 

Star Man – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

He has his doubters, but you cannot deny that he remains a fine goalscorer when in form. He now has two goals in two games since signing for the club. 

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Change of manager could help to motivate the players

     Good recent record against Chelsea

Reasons to be fearful

     They’ve now slipped into the bottom three after poor run of form

     Three goals scored is the lowest in the league

Although Wolves’ start to the season wasn’t the worst, losing three of their eight games, the players looked short of ideas at times. 

Their three goals scored is by far the lowest in the league this season. The next lowest is six, shared by Bournemouth, Villa and Leicester. 

The new manager’s job, whoever that ends up being, will want to improve that instantly. The addition of Diego Costa to the squad could help, but it will require a marked improvement from the whole team. 

Here, they have a good record against Chelsea to call upon, going unbeaten in their last four games, winning one of them. It is unlikely to count for much here, but it could motivate them to lift their game.

Unfortunately, a loss could see them slip another place in the league, if Leicester win their game against Bournemouth.

Star Man – Diego Costa

The powerful, snarling Costa may be the man Wolves need right now to inspire them going forward. He only played 30 minutes against West Ham, but could start the game against his former club here.

     Costa to start against his former club?

     Wolves must improve going forward

     Chelsea’s intensity could stifle their opponents

You wonder what Wolves can achieve this season after sacking their manager? 

If they pick the right man to replace him, they could still go on to secure a decent finish in the league. If not, it could spell danger for them.

Against Chelsea, they will probably fear the worst. Potter will set his team up to press high from the start and stifle Wolves with their intensity.

If the Blues score the first goal, they should win comfortably.

Chelsea to win 2-0

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Author: Ross B.