Wolverhampton Wanderers host Chelsea in the first Premier League Christmas Eve fixture for 23 years…
Seeing a fixture on the 24th of December is the first time I’ve had an ounce of sympathy for athletes who complain about busy fixture lists and fatigue.
Will the Christmas spirit at Molineux produce anything tangibly different about the match we see? Probably not.
Wolverhampton v Chelsea
13.00 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League
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APR 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 1-0 Chelsea
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 3-0 Wolves
MAY 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-2 Wolves
DEC 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 0-0 Chelsea
JAN 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 0-0 Wolves
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 2-0 Wolves
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 2-5 Chelsea
MAR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea 1-1 Wolves
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Wolves 2-1 Chelsea
Gary O’Neil’s Side come into the fixture with a sense of distress after losing 3-0 to West Ham and miserably drawing 1-1 at home to Nottingham Forest in a game which felt as if every pundit was all over the home side to win.
It’s not all gloom for Wolves though. Hee-Chan Hwang remains a potent goalscoring threat for his opposition and sits on eight goals, just three behind Mohamed Salah on 11. I do believe Wolves will eventually have a spell of great results with power of himself and Cunha who could be capable of much more.
Seeing ‘ordinary’ club goalscorers is pleasant until you throw Haaland’s extraordinary 14 into the list which seems to reduce the list to an inevitability.
The home side boasts a strong scheduled lineup which is a contrast to Chelsea’s depleted list of players that in recent weeks have formed a revolving door of knocks and sprains.
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The away side has Kyle Walker to thank for their penalty win over Newcastle on Tuesday. Although they dominated the ball with 78% possession, they only had 0.95 Expected Goals to Newcastle’s 0.65 in what was a fairly underwhelming match for the home backers who were banking on Jackson and Palmer finally fulfilling their potential.
The Blues are currently perched in 10th and are only three points clear of their opponents on Sunday. It looks as if the bewitching Boely money taps will be turned on again in January and even with some monumental signings a spot in the Champions League looks increasingly unlikely, even at the halfway stage of the season.
They’re currently 14/1 with to finish in the Top 4 with starsports.bet which suggests money won’t be enough to buy them European football for now. At least in the current non-super iteration.
Wolves have failed to score at home in only two of their last 19 games in all competitions and it doesn’t look as if Chelsea have the potential to stop the streak with their defensive record that has let in 18 goals in their last 10 games in all competitions. That’s why I’m taking a chance on a Christmas longshot in Both Teams to Score in Both Halves with starsports.bet
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PROFIT/LOSS (DEC 2023): LOSS -7.94 points