Wolves v Chelsea Betting Prediction

After their nine-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League came to an end on Saturday, Chelsea faces another tricky opponent in Wolves on Tuesday evening.

Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Everton ensured the West London club fell to fifth in the league after spending practically spending the whole season in the top four.

Wolves have had a topsy-turvy season that has been marred by inconsistency. They’ve lost their last two games to Liverpool and Aston Villa, respectively, failing to score in either game.

The fractured skull suffered by top scorer Raul Jimenez in their win against Arsenal has noticeably weakened the team, leaving them without a recognized goal scorer in the ranks.

Wolves still possess talents such as Adama Traore, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence, but none of them are known for their goal-scoring exploits.

Frank Lampard spoke on his own experiences of having a teammate suffer a traumatic injury as his former teammate at Chelsea Petr Cech suffered a depressed fractured skull in 2006.

The Chelsea manager said: ‘It actually galvanized us. We lost a great goalkeeper for a period of time. When you have that critical of an injury, and I saw the images of Jimenez turning up at the training ground last week and seeing all his team-mates again, I’m sure it would have galvanised some strength within the group.

‘Team-mates, friends within that, you worry about players with injuries.

Photos emerged last week of Jimenez back in the training facility greeting all his teammates and coaches for the first time since the injury and like Lampard said seeing Jimenez well may just be the spark this dejected Wolves side needed.

The away trip to Wolves is just the beginning of a difficult and packed schedule for Frank Lampard’s side who play four games in 13 days.

A big miss for Chelsea will be without Hakim Ziyech who’s been missing through injury and has made an important contribution since his arrival at the club.

Lampard was asked whether his Chelsea side will find it difficult to create without Ziyech and he said his team must find ways to step up without the Moroccan international.

“It felt like Everton played like Tottenham did and if people are watching us, they will try to stop us from doing what we do well. We need to find other ways and make sure to have ways around teams. 

“At our top-level, we’d have found a way around it. We can’t make an excuse for not having wingers. It’s unfortunate but we have others capable of playing in those areas. Hopefully, they are back soon anyway.”

I think Wolves put in an inspired performance and hold Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at the Molineux Stadium.

Odds on a Wolves home win open at +425. Odds on a Chelsea win open at -150. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +280.

Chelsea v Krasnodar Betting Prediction

With Champions League qualification and top spot secured, Chelsea has the ability to rotate their squad in what is essentially a dead-rubber match against Russian side Krasnodar.

Chelsea earned their most impressive victory of the group stage in their last outing in their 4-0 route away to Sevilla, a game that is otherwise known as ‘The Olivier Giroud Game’ as the Frenchman netted all four goals as he became the oldest player (34 years and 63 days old) to score a hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history.

Going into their match with Krasnodar, it’s been an impressive campaign for Chelsea and Frank Lampard whose side have scored 13 goals and conceded just one goal in the group stage; the lowest tally conceded out of any side in the competition.

Their Premier League form has been equally admirable as they’ve earned four wins out of their last five games as well as going on a nine-match unbeaten streak.

That vein of form has propelled Liverpool manager and reigning Premier League champion Jurgen Klopp to crown Chelsea as early title favorites, a label Frank Lampard himself doesn’t think too much of.

“I don’t think we think much of it. Liverpool and Manchester City have built a great squad, there are others in contention.

“I think where we are out, we are in good form, but we have players who have come in and City and Liverpool have had a lot of success for long periods. We are trying to reach that.”

Lampard is expected to make wholesale changes on Tuesday, and he’s confirmed both Billy Gilmour and Kepa Arrizabalaga are set to start against Krasnodar.

Gilmour has been out with injury since March while Kepa, the Blues’ most expensive signing has been displaced from his starting spot by Édouard Mendy.

Lampard spoke glowingly about Kepa’s attitude in training and towards Mendy as well as revealing he has no issues with reintroducing the Spaniard back in the side.

“It is about attitude and how you play, his situation now is different with Mendy’s form. Kepa is training brilliantly well and acting brilliantly well. I have no qualms about putting him back in.

“He has been very supportive. I have seen that. I watch from afar and he has been supporting him and training well. That’s what I look at. Goalkeepers have to push each other as a group.”

Krasnodar won their last league game 5-0 but have lost four of their last six as they sit 9th in the Russian Premier League. They did net their first win of the competition last week as they narrowly defeated Rennes 1-0 at home.

Despite Lampard’s expected changes, I still feel Chelsea will get the job done in a 2-0 win to end the group stage on a high note.

Odds on a Chelsea win open at -400. Odds on a Krasnodar win at Stamford Bridge open at +1000. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +500.

Chelsea vs Sevilla Match Predictions

Having already qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, Chelsea may consider resting several starters in their dead rubber match against fellow Group E qualifiers Sevilla on Wednesday evening.

Chelsea secured their passage into the next round with their late 2-1 win against Rennes while Sevilla 2-1 win away to Krasnodar was enough to earn qualification.

Chelsea have had an impressive run of results, with their last and only loss in the Premier League coming way back in September against Liverpool.

They’ve gone on an eight-match unbeaten run which has catapulted them to third in the table, just two points behind second place Liverpool and league leaders Tottenham Hotspur.

A player who is set to start against Sevilla is one Callum Hudson-Odoi who’s experienced a mixed start to the season.

He’s been in and out of the squad despite positive performances, especially in the Champions League where he’s featured in all four group stage games.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said he spoke to Hudson-Odoi about his decision not to include him in the matchday squad against Tottenham last week despite the youngster netting against Rennes just five days prior.

“It was hard not to include him in the Tottenham game,” Lampard said. “His attitude is bang on, his work ethic, so it was a tough decision to make. When you have a top squad, fully fit, as we do now, it’s tough to leave out four or five players a game who are desperate to play, so I spoke to him personally.

“I wanted him to see that. He’s in progression and the main thing is that he stays positive. He took it well. His reaction in training was great.

“It’s not nice to tell someone he’s not in the squad but I have to see the bigger picture and he has hundreds of games ahead of him. In the short term he might not like it, I get that.”

Sevilla have the opportunity to put themselves in a good position to top the group if they can manage a result at home on Wednesday and Lampard was particularly positive about the Spanish side and what they offer on the pitch.

“We felt that when they played at Stamford Bridge, it was a difficult match for us. They have a really great coach, it is very evident when you watch his teams play that he is a top coach, with the style of the team, the work he must do behind the scenes.

“They have a lot that reminds me of Premier League teams in terms of their attributes, the physicality, the speed of their game, with their willingness to cross balls into the box and the energy in their team. I expect it to be a tough match.”

With both sides through to the next round, I see this match ending in a 1-1 stalemate with Chelsea retaining their place at the top of Group E. Sportsbooks odds on a Sevilla home win open at +180. Odds on a Chelsea win open at +155. Odds on a draw open at +230.

Rennes v Chelsea Betting Prediction for Matchday Four

Chelsea can become the first side to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League if they beat Rennes on Tuesday evening.

The Blues top the group with seven points and are ahead of Sevilla on goal difference. And who do the Blues play in Spain next week? Sevilla of course.

As for this matchup, Chelsea beat Rennes in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 3-0 with Timo Werner netting a brace of penalties with Tammy Abraham adding a third in the second half.

Frank Lampard’s side has experienced a rejuvenation of sorts with the introduction of summer signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell to the side after respective injuries have improved Chelsea on both the defensive and offensive side of the pitch.

Chelsea are on a three-game winning streak and are unbeaten in seven league games as they sit third in the Premier League table.

When Lampard was asked how he guided the team to an improved defensive record over the last two months, Lampard put it to improvements of small margins within the team.

“We have coached, and we have assessed the main areas of where we conceded. Some were mistakes in the games, like Southampton and West Brom.

“Sometimes it is small margins, but what has gone up is the concentration of the team and the work and personnel helps that. The collective has to be the most important thing.”

Mason, Chelsea’s The Man on a Mission

One player who’s been an integral part of Lampard’s squad this season is academy graduate Mason Mount.

The England hasn’t been without his fair share of criticism this season and has been labelled as a favourite of Lampard to include in the first eleven even after poor performances.

Lampard voiced his praise for Mount and how important he is on the pitch.

“Every individual is different. We have a huge fan base and social media has changed criticism. He makes really efficient decisions; he presses more than any midfielder I have seen. I know that he has a lot to improve on, but he is a quality football player and is only going to get better. Any player doesn’t get favoritism, especially when there is competition in the squad.”

Chelsea Betting Prediction Against an Overmatched Rennes Squad

Chelsea are overwhelming favorites tonight against Rennes and it’s not just based on Chelsea’s good form.

Rennes have lost three of their last four games in Ligue 1 and are scoreless in their last two games. They’re yet to win a game in the UEFA Champions League as they sit bottom of Group E.

I think Chelsea win in a convincing fashion in France with Tammy Abraham scoring as he continues his good form.

Odds on Chelsea scoring the win open at -200. Odds on Rennes winning their first game in the Champions League open at +500. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +350.

Newcastle United v Chelsea Betting Prediction for Week 9

With the second international break now completed, Premier League fans can rejoice once again as club football returns this weekend. The increased risk of injury and players catching COVID-19 made the already annoying international break just that little bit more unbearable.

However, the wait is over, and we won’t have to suffer another international break until March!

Chelsea kick things off this weekend in the early kick-off as they play visitors to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.

It’s another strange decision to schedule a game at 12:30pm when a vast majority of Chelsea’s players have been on international duty with some only arriving back in England in the last couple of days.

The Big Wigs Agree; The EPL Schedule is Bonkers

Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been major critics of the Premier League schedule this season and Frank Lampard echoed his colleagues’ thoughts on the schedule and put forth the question on how important the early kick-off games are in the Premier League.

“I have to be honest with it and I will be honest with it,” Lampard added. “If you’re talking about any team in the Premier League, we’ve been training with four players generally in the last two weeks, so the majority of our squad have been travelling.

“Some are travelling and just landing now. They will travel again to fly up to Newcastle. They will travel back from Newcastle. They will fly to Rennes on Monday. They will fly back from Rennes.

“When you look at the scheduling, for me, it’s just a common sense factor. I don’t think the broadcasters have ever had as many slots for games as they have now. That 12.30pm slot, how much does it need to be there?”

Chelsea will be without Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Thiago Silva as they look to continue their good form in the Premier League. They’ve lost just once this season and have gone six games unbeaten in the league so far.

Chelsea Betting Prediction against a Mediocre Newcastle Side

Chelsea have lost just once this season in all competitions as it looks as if they’ve hit their stride this season, but constant injury troubles could lead them down a path where playing a consistent first XI could be a difficulty for Frank Lampard.

They’ve won their last two games 3-0 and 4-1 against Burnley and Sheffield United, respectively with three clean sheets in their last five games.

They can however go top of the table with a win against a Newcastle side who’ve suffered their fair share of ups and downs this season.

The Magpies sit 13th in the league with three wins, three losses and two draws. The biggest problem Newcastle have is consistency. In each of their three wins this season, they followed it up with a loss, giving them no chance to build any type of momentum.

Newcastle are a team that can shock and surprise you week after week and I think they get a draw at home against Chelsea, bouncing back from their 2-0 defeat to Southampton before the international break.

Sportsbooks odds on a Chelsea win open at -222. Odds on a Newcastle win open at +550. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +375.