This match sees two sides in poor form battle it out with defeat certain to pile the pressure on the losing manager.
Chelsea have lost three of their last four league games and if you think Wolves can cause a big shock then odds of 14/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets) will pay off handsomely. However, after a bright start to this season Wolves are now in freefall, having suffered defeats in seven of their last nine Premier League encounters. Clearly, Chelsea are the more likely to win this one and odds of 1/4 (Unibet – £20 free betting) for them to come back after consecutive home defeats reflect that.
Things seemed to be going well for Villas-Boas’s men after they bounced back from defeat at Old Trafford by winning three in a row domestically and also improving in the Champions League. However, the wheels have fallen off in recent weeks. With rumours of Roman Abramovich’s patience running out the pressure is well and truly on the young Portuguese maestro, even more so after Wednesday’s injury time defeat in Germany.
Two beacons of hope for the Blues are the speed with which Mata has settled into life in English football and the first signs of a return to form of Fernando Torres. The former was withdrawn in midweek after making limited impact but can be backed at 4/5 (Coral) to score anytime. Torres was rested and we expect him to return on Saturday. His movement has been lively of late and he has shown enough glimpses of his best to warrant consideration to open the scoring at 18/5 (Victor Chandler).
Wolves have spread their goals around with Fletcher and O’Hara their leading scorers with just three goals apiece followed by six players with two each. If Mick McCarthy’s side are to score we fancy that Doyle’s size and mobility will most trouble the home rearguard and so like the look of 11/2 (William Hill) in the anytime scorer market.
Despite Chelsea’s woes there is a clear gulf in class here and we expect it to show. We think John Terry’s side will win this relatively comfortably and will plump for a 3-1 score line, available at 10/1 (Boylesports).