Chelsea vs Wolves Live Football Score 08 October 2022
Chelsea will be aiming to make it three straight wins in all competitions when they continue their Premier League campaign at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon. The Blues recorded a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the league last weekend, while Wolves suffered a 2-0 loss at West Ham United, which cost Bruno Lage his job as head coach. There was certainly pressure on Chelsea heading into Wednesday’s Champions League clash with AC Milan, as the Blues were bottom of Group E ahead of kickoff, boasting just one point from their first two matches.
Graham Potter’s side managed to rise into second with a 3-0 win over the Italian champions, though, and it was arguably the team’s best performance of the campaign, with Milan well beaten on the night. Chelsea were also victorious in the Premier League last weekend, with Conor Gallagher coming off the bench to score a last-gasp winner against Palace, and the result left the London club in fifth position in the table, boasting 13 points from their opening seven games.
The Blues are only four points behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand, and the team have some winnable matches to come, facing Aston Villa and Brentford in their two league games after this one, before the small matter of a home fixture with Manchester United. Chelsea have not actually beaten Wolves in the Premier League since July 2020, though, with each of the last three matches finishing level, including a 2-2 draw in the corresponding match last season.
Wolves made the decision to sack Lage as head coach following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham, which left the team in 18th position in the table on six points. The strugglers have won just one of their eight Premier League matches this season and have scored just three goals, and the club’s chairman Jeff Shi said that he was left with “no choice but to act”. Wolves are believed to be keen to appoint Julen Lopetegui, who has now left his managerial role at Sevilla, although there will not be any movement before this weekend’s contest at Stamford Bridge.
As a result, experienced coaches Steve Davis and James Collins will pick and indeed lead the team for this match, with the former Championship outfit looking to kickstart their campaign at Stamford Bridge. Wolves, who have avoided defeat on their last two visits to Chelsea in the Premier League, do not have any European commitments this season, but they still have a busy October, facing Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Brentford in their four matches after this one.
Chelsea will again be missing N’Golo Kante on Saturday, as the midfielder’s fitness is being carefully managed due to a recent thigh injury. Wesley Fofana is also out with the knee injury that he picked up against Milan on Wednesday evening, which will open the door for Trevoh Chalobah to come into the defence.
Head coach Potter is expected to make changes to the side that took to the field for the first whistle in the Champions League, with Jorginho and Marc Cucurella also pushing to be involved on Saturday afternoon. As for Wolves, Sasa Kalajdzic, Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and Chiquinho are all on the sidelines through injury, while Nathan Collins and Ruben Neves are out through suspension.
Diego Costa made his debut for the club as a second-half substitute against West Ham and could now be given the nod through the middle against his former club, while Hwang Hee-chan could pass a late fitness test to make himself available. Wolves have a big problem in the middle of their defence, which could lead to Toti being pressed into action from the start, while there might be a spot in the middle of midfield for Boubacar Traore. The interim management team could make the decision to switch to a back four due to the limited options, with Rayan Ait Nouri potentially being the player to drop out of the side.
There have definitely been some positive signs for Chelsea under new head coach Graham Potter.
The 47-year-old is now in the biggest job of his footballing career and some were fearful he would be unable to live up to the pressure that coincides with the managerial role at Stamford Bridge. However, it’s been a tremendous start for Potter as Chelsea head coach.
Two wins from his opening three matches in charge means there is a lot of positivity and excitement amongst the Chelsea supporters at the moment. There’s a general understanding there needs to be patience with Potter and his large group of backroom staff for their ideas to reflect on the team and their performance levels.
After a brief stint with four-at-the-back last weekend, Potter then selected a back-three for the Milan win. Before even talking about the formation, though, there remains a big question over who starts in goal.
If he goes for a back-three again – which I think he will – then there’s obviously no Wesley Fofana. Potter ruled the French defender out for a “few weeks” in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
Trevoh Chalobah came on for him in the week and we could see the 23-year-old defender from the start at the weekend. Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly could keep their places after both impressing against Milan.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek deserves to keep his place in the side after a superb display on Wednesday. Mateo Kovacic is the obvious choice to start alongside him, with Jorginho perhaps still not 100 per cent fit after picking up a knock at Crystal Palace last weekend.
I can see Marc Cucurella coming in for Ben Chilwell on the left-hand side, with Reece James keeping his place on the right after a tremendous display in midweek. The front-three will remain the same: Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.