Friday, February 19, 2010

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea: Match preview

Sportsbook - Sportsbook Online - This is the battle between the top and the bottom half of the league table. Chelsea is the league leader while Wolverhampton Wanderers are a point from the relegation line. The last time they met back in November 2009, Chelsea ran riot and extended the gap at the top of the Premier League to eight points. It was a 4-0 stellar Blues display that day while Wolves were left hammered. Chelsea are one point away from Manchester United and they will be looking to extend their lead, while Wolves are desperate to avoid the relegation dogfight.

Wolverhampton won 1-0 in their recent clash against Tottenham Spurs home at the Molinuex and took them above the relegation line. They are still are one point off the relegation zone and on top of that, Wolves have been awarded a suspended punishment of £25,000 by the Premier League Board for fielding his weakened side against their league fixture on 15 December in Old Trafford. After a good winning performance against Spurs courtesy of David Jones goal, they have something to hope for. They will face a solid Chelsea defensive stronghold and with a high confidence among McCarthy’s men, Wolves will certainly give Chelsea a run for their money..

Chelsea will be looking forward to extend their premiership points when they face the Wolves away. In their last outing Chelsea overcame and comfortably won 4-1 in their last FA Cup match against the Cardiff after they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Everton away. Ashley Cole and Michael Essien are injured while John Terry might have a possible comeback after a time off for personal reasons. Nonetheless, with or without them, Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard and the return of the unstoppable Didier Drogba from the African Cup of Nations will strengthen their title push.

With one points above Manchester United, Chelsea are desperate to stay above their rivals as long as Drogba can cause havoc against the Wolves. However, the Blues are vulnerable on their away games. Out of their last 6 away matches, they only won once, draw 3 times and lost twice, while the Wolves have won twice in a row in their home game when they face the Blues. Although Manager Carlo Ancelloti’s side have a good record against the McCarthy’s side, they have the confidence to face the giants. The Blues are expected to win big and they are unlikely to slip up against the struggling Wolves.

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