Wolverhampton vs Chelsea
Competition: FA Cup
Date: 18 February 2017
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
While Chelsea’s main aim will be to defend their lead at the top of the Premier League table and go on to win the thing, they will still need to cast half an eye on their cup commitments, but no doubt, they will leave this competition to their squad members rather than first team as they travel to Wolves.
Wolves may well smell a bit of blood in the water, for although Chlesea is the best team in England at the moment, they have got to where they are by not being tied down in too many cup competitions as that has not been their focus. Wolves in the meantime will think of the FA Cup as a holy grail and put all their effort into it having beaten Liverpool already in the fourth round. They also dispatched Stoke the round before that, so big teams from the premier League will not scre them.
Chelsea are a well balanced team, but they are also a team that is based primarily around their first team, the side that takes to the field against Wolves will be composed by a lot of fringe members and it will mean that the same cohesion will not be there. In fact, the same effort will also be lacking as Chelsea are sliding towards the Premier League title if nothing goes wrong. The FA Cup has not been their best hunting ground as they dealt with minor clubs such as Brentford and Peterbrough relativly easily, but were never tested.
Wolverhampton vs Chelsea: Domstic Form
Chelsea still have a pretty handy gap at the top of the Premier League table, but they were held to a surprising draw against Burnley in their last encounter.
Wolves in the meantime are a league below in the Championship, but they are way down in 18th spot and not exactly shining.
Wolverhampton vs Chelsea: Prediction
Wolves will feel they have a chance against a disrupted Chelsea, but a side like Chelsea could put out three teams that have more star quality than Wolves’ first team. It will be a good battle, but in the end the class of Chelsea will see them home and on to the next round by a comfortable few goals,
Wolverhampton vs Chelsea: Tips
This will be a very different looking Chelsea side, so don’t expect the ususal suspects to be in among the goals.