Wolves vs Chelsea predictions and betting tips for their FA Cup clash on Saturday 18th February at 5:30pm. Are Wolves capable of pulling off another upset against the Premier League leaders?
The home side will be relishing the visit of Chelsea on Saturday evening following their historic 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield in January. Wolves secured a 3-1 victory over Barnsley three days later, but since then, they have recorded three losses on the bounce ahead of their big game this weekend.
Meanwhile for Chelsea, they will want to complete the FA Cup and Premier League double this campaign and they are in a great position to do just that. Sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and being in the last 16 of the competition, Antonio Conte is expected to field a strong side as they look to secure their place in the quarter finals.
Paul Lambert’s side have already seen off two Premier League outfits in Stoke City and Liverpool, can they add Chelsea to that list?
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In five of their Cup matches this season, Chelsea have conceded on four occasions. In the EFL Cup, they faced Bristol Rovers, West Ham and Leicester and did not secure a single clean sheet. In fact, all three of those teams netted twice against the Blues. In the FA Cup this campaign, Chelsea faced Peterborough at Stamford Bridge and secured a 4-1 victory, and even though Conte’s side are flying high right now, recent Cup results indicate that his side can be vulnerable in defence. Paul Lamberts side have netted 22 at home in all competitions so far, and with Chelsea expected to make a few changes in their defensive line, I can definitely see the home side troubling the Chelsea goal. The FA Cup can certainly spring a surprise or two and I can see this becoming an entertaining encounter, which is why my first Wolves vs Chelsea betting tip is for both teams to score, the best odds are 19/20 with bet365.
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Despite the likelihood of Chelsea making changes to their side, the Blues will certainly have a strong starting XI which will be full of quality. The away side will see a lot of the ball and will cause the home side problems at some stage of the match. Wolves have collected the most cards in the Championship this season with 71 yellows and 2 reds, and that averages out of just under three cards a game. Paul Lambert’s side will be full of confidence and aggression ahead of the visit of Conte’s Chelsea, and I do feel they may put in a few tackles early on to show the visitors what they’re playing against. Wolves have collected the first card in six of their last eight games, and with the worst disciplinary record in the Championship, the referee will definitely be keeping tabs on home side. My second Wolves vs Chelsea prediction for this FA Cup clash is going to be for Wolves to be the first team carded, which is priced up at 11/10 with Sky Bet.
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Willian seems to be featuring in a lot more of the Cup matches than he does in the Premier League this campaign, and on Saturday evening I expect the Brazilian to be named in Chelsea’s starting line-up. Willian has been utilised in attacking position in the Blues’ previous two ties and has managed to get on the scoresheet both times. The winger is priced at a decent 12/5 with 888Sport to make it three in three in the FA Cup, therefore Willian to score anytime is going to be my final FA Cup betting tip for this fixture at Molineux.
Nigel Pearson hasn’t got many injury concerns to worry about ahead of the visit of the Premier League leaders. Ivan Cavaleiro remains the only exclusion as he is sidelined with a knee injury.
Meanwhile for Chelsea, John Terry will be available for selection following his sending off against Peterborough, while Kurt Zouma and Nathan Ake could start for the visitors ahead of Gary Cahill and Marcos Alonso.
The last time these sides faced off was back in September 2012 in a day Wolves would want to forget. They faced off in the EFL Cup where the Blues battered this weekend’s opponents 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. Wolves’ latest victory over Chelsea was back in 2011 at The Molineux, courtesy of a Jose Bosingwa own goal very early in the game.
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