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Wolves vs Chelsea: Latest team and injury news, predicted XI

Wolves head to Stamford Bridge this afternoon to take on Chelsea in the Premier League, with Bruno Lage’s men still having a chance to sneak into a European place.

The West Midlands outfit are in terrible form, though, losing four of their last five matches, which included a 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton last time out.

It could be a tall order to come away from west London with a result, although Lage’s side can take some confidence from the fact that the Blues’ home form of late has been poor, losing three of their last four on their own patch.

After last weekend’s shocker against the Seagulls, here is how Football FanCast expects Wolves to line up today:

Wolves XI – Sa; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Neto, Jimenez

The only defensive change comes at left wing-back as Rayan Ait-Nouri drops out for Jonny Otto.

Previously labelled “immature” by Wolves legend Steve Bull in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, the £33k-per-week youngster struggled on his return to the side last week with a 6.4/10 rating from Sofascore. Only two starters were given a lower rating, which summed up the 20-year-old’s struggles.

As for Jonny, the Spaniard has been excellent since returning from injury, averaging a 7.48/10 rating from Sofascore in the four games he started prior to Brighton, and he should be put back into the team after a rest.

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With the 3-5-2 formation staying put, the three central midfielders of Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho keep their places, whilst the other two changes come in the attack.

The Black Country outfit have scored just two goals in their last four matches, failing to find the net in any of their last three, so they need a change of personnel up front.

Raul Jimenez was dropped last weekend whilst Fabio Silva kept his place, with the latter failing to score all season.

As for Neto, the 22-year-old hasn’t had much of an opportunity to shine since returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, starting just one league match in the current campaign.

Will Wolves beat Chelsea today?





Described as a “wonderful talent” by Nathan Judah, the Portugal forward deserves a chance to be let loose in the Premier League, especially given Wolves’ woes in front of goal.

It will undoubtedly be a tough match in the capital for Lage’s side, particularly with their manager absent today due to a viral infection, although a few changes in the starting XI might not do any harm after a poor run of late for the Old Gold.

AND in other news: Lage can finally axe “rubbish” Wolves liability by unleashing the “next Phil Foden”

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