The Wolverhampton Wanderers host Chelsea at their Molineux Stadium on September 14, 2019.

“Soccer" Wolverhampton

The Wolverhampton Wanderers were among the founding clubs of the Football League in 1888. They returned to the top flight after winning the 2017-18 EFL Championship. In their first season back, Wolverhampton finished in 7th place and had wins over Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, and  Tottenham.

They were winners of the English League three times during the 1950s and finished as runners-up in five other instances. Wolverhampton also has two Football League Club titles and four FA Cup Wins plus four FA Cup second-place finishes. They will also be playing in the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League which will mark their first appearance in a European tournament in nearly 40 years.

Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez each have one goal scored for Wolverhampton this season. Meanwhile, Joao Moutinho has one assist for the Wanderers this term. On the other end of the field, Goalkeeper Rui Patricio has five saves this season and has one clean sheet to boast.

Wolverhampton currently ranks 8th in the EPL in Goal Difference and the Wanderers are tied for 16th with two goals scored so far this term. Wolverhampton has conceded a total of two goals which puts them among the leaders in that category and they have one assist so far this season.

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“Soccer" Chelsea

Chelsea was founded in 1905 and are one of five English football clubs to win all three major UEFA  competitions and the only club from London to win the Champions League. They finished third in the league last season and they look to improve on their finish this time around. The Blues head to this contest as the soccer betting favorites to beat the Wolverhampton Wanderers.

As one of the most successful football clubs in England, Chelsea has won a total of six Top Flight titles, 8 FA Cups, 5 League Cups, 2 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 UEFA Champions League title. Five of their Premier League/First League titles have come in the last two decades, the last of which came in 2017 before Manchester City began to dominate the league.

Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have produced Chelsea’s goals this season with each finding the back of the net twice this year. Christian Pulisic has delivered one assist so far. Kepa Arrizabalaga has conceded a total of seven goals and has six saves for the Blues this season.

The Blues rank 18th in Goal Difference with their -3 so far this season. Chelsea’s offense has been clicking so far, putting them in 7th spot in the goals scored and assists categories with four and three, respectively. However, their defense hasn’t been as on point, giving up a total of seven in four matches played.

“Soccer" Who Wins?

Wolverhampton is 0-3-0 in the Premier League this season. They are coming off a 2-1 win over Torino in the UEFA Europa League, winning the series 5-3 on aggregate. Chelsea is 1-2-1 SU so far in the EPL. They were blanked by Manchester United 4-0 in round one and were forced to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City the following week. Chelsea then blew a 2-0 lead and was held to another draw by Sheffield United in their most recent outing.

Head to head, Chelsea has lost just twice in their last 10 matches against Wolverhampton. The Blues are 7-1-2 SU during that period. However, Wolverhampton has produced the last win of this series, beating Chelsea 2-1 in May 2018 before these two sides drew 1-1 in their last meeting last May 2019.

Chelsea’s off to a disappointing start to their 2019/20 Premier League campaign. N’Golo Kante’s continued absence due to an ankle injury continues to hurt Chelsea. Likewise, Pedro missed the match against Sheffield United and Frank Lampard’s term at the helm hasn’t quite lived up to the billing yet. But with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in goal-scoring form, Chelsea should have enough more than enough to take down a Wolverhampton side that has held its own early in the season. Prediction: Chelsea

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