Football fans extend a warm welcome for the return of the English Premier League following last weekend’s break in play. The top-flight made way for the latest round of Euro 2020 qualifiers as the home nations aimed to catapult themselves towards the group stages.
We’re back in business and a full fixture list is played out over the course of the weekend, with matches decided on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. No less than five of those scheduled games from matchday five will be shown live on TV, courtesy of Sky Sports and BT Sport.
Five go in the traditional Saturday 3.00pm slot, including our pick of the afternoon – Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea at Molineux Stadium. Who will come out on top? Bookmakers believe they know, and the money men have thrown the weight of their support behind Frank Lampard’s troops. The visitors are 31/20 favourites – best price at Betfair – with a home win chalked up at 21/10 by Betway. For those who can’t split the rivals there’s an eye-catching 11/5 at Ladbrokes for a draw.
Wolves Take Heart from the Form
Wolves go into this match with reason to be confident. Not only do they enjoy home advantage and the backing of the stands against a nervy opponent, they also know Chelsea are down on their luck and have managed just one win from their first four attempts. Keep things tight during the opening exchanges and the locals could get under the skin of their visitors from London. Chelsea are going through a transitional period and it remains to be seen how they will come out of it.
The home side start this weekend’s round of matches with three points on the board. They drew each of their first three games but were beaten last time out. It is already obvious how Wolves will approach this campaign, making themselves very difficult to break down and beat in the hope that will help them avoid relegation. Holding onto their place in the Premier League is the number one priority between now and spring. If they draw more matches than they lose come the final tally, Wanderers will have every chance of avoiding the bottom three.
Nuno Espirito Santo and his men suffered their first league defeat of the season last time out when going down to Everton at Goodison Park, missing out by the odd goal in five. They returned with no points to show for their efforts, but Wolves performed well that day, scoring two goals through Saiss and Jimenez to ensure The Toffees had to work for their prize. A double from Richarlison and Iwobi strike made the difference.
Chelsea Stuck down in the Bottom-Half
It has proven to be a bit of a nightmare start to the season and Frank Lampard’s time in charge of London giants Chelsea. The Blues travel for this match with a record reading one win, two draws and a defeat, five points on the board leaving them toiling down in 11th place, already seven points off the pace set by league leaders Liverpool. It’s very early in the campaign but critics are already writing off Chelsea’s chances of bagging another top-four finish this term.
Chelsea’s sole win of the season so far came in the form of a dramatic 3-2 away to Norwich on 24 August. Abraham scored a double that day and the youngster’s brace was added to by Mount. That was just enough to see off a Canaries side who fought back through Cantwell and the free-scoring Pukki. It’s difficult to tell if Norwich were in great form that day or if it was another below-par performance from their opponents but the early signs don’t look good for Chelsea fans.
The Blues staggered into the international break with a bitterly disappointing 2-2 draw with Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge, a match they were expected to win with plenty to spare. Abraham gave his employers a 2-0 lead and they looked to be well on their way to a second season win, but it all came crashing down. Robinson hit back early in the second half and The Blades secured a share of the spoils through a last-minute equaliser from Zouma who knocked the ball into his own net. Lampard admitted it was his team’s own fault for gifting away a goal early in the second-half.
Nice Price Available on a Scoring Draw
It has already been a hectic start to the season for Wolves due to their involvement in the Europa League and they have made a habit of finding the net. In their first four league starts the home team have racked up four goals, including one at this venue when hosting Manchester United last month. They are more than good enough to test the visiting keeper again here.
That’s worth keeping in mind when approaching this tie as the stats show us Chelsea have already conceded nine times and have -3 in their goal difference tally. Lampard is working hard to cement is back four and gel the squad but, while he’s doing that, the Wolves attack will fancy their chances of cranking up the pressure.
Both teams to score looks a bet well worth having and followers can get their hands on a decent 5/6 at Red Zone. That’s market best price. That would’ve been settled as a winning bet in each of the two matches featuring these sides last season, Wolves winning 2-1 at this venue and holding on for a 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Looking for your stake money to work a little harder on your behalf? Take a chance on a scoring draw at 18/5 – top offer at Bet Victor. That’s a punt sure to hold your interest and the stats tell us followers are certain to get a run for their money on Saturday afternoon.