The teams: Chelsea v Wolves

As promised Maurizio Sarri makes a number of changes for today’s game, six in total, including the return of Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard in attack.

In defence Cesar Azpilicueta, Toni Rudiger and Emerson are back having not featured in the midweek Europa League victory against Dynamo Kiev.

N’Golo Kante joins Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic in midfield, while Pedro keeps his place after an all-action performance on Thursday.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud. 

Wolves, for whom Rui Patricio returns in goal, are expected to line up in the following 3-5-2 formation.

Rui Patricio; Saiss, Coady (c), Boly; Doherty, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota.

Subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Cavaleiro, Costa, Traore.

Today's referee is Michael Oliver. 

Stats recap

Maurizio Sarri’s side have won 19, drawn four and lost two of our 25 home games this season.

35 Chelsea players have been booked in the Premier League this season. Only Liverpool (28) have had fewer.

The Blues have lost just one of our last 17 home games in the Premier League (10 wins, six draws).

We have kept six clean sheets in our last eight Premier League home games, conceding just two goals in total during this period.

Chelsea have lost just one of our last 53 home league games against promoted sides (44 wins, eight draws), losing against Bournemouth in December 2015.

We are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since September, when we won our opening five of the season. At home, we’ve won the last three by an aggregate score of 9-1.

Gonzalo Higuain has scored three goals from five shots on target in the Premier League since signing in January.

Jorginho has made 37 interceptions in the Premier League, more than any other Blues player this term.

Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante have started every Premier League game this season.

Our next goal will be our 50th in the Premier League this term.

Wolves have won 43 points from their opening 29 games – their best points tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 1979/80 when they had 45 points.

Wolves have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games and sit seventh in the table with 43 points from their 29 games – the last promoted side to have won more points at this stage of a top-flight season was Birmingham City in 2009/10 (44 pts).

Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 away league games.

Wolves have the ninth best away record in the Premier League this season with 19 points from 14 games.

Only Liverpool (eight) and Manchester City (nine) have conceded fewer goals on their travels this term than Wolves (16).

Their away record against the top six is impressive with a 3-1 win at Tottenham and 1-1 draws at Arsenal and Manchester United. They lost 0-3 at Manchester City and still have to travel to Anfield on the final day of the season.

Wolves are unbeaten in their five Premier League games in London this season (three wins, two draws). They last had a longer unbeaten run in the capital in the top-flight between November 1972 and November 1974 (11 games).

Raul Jimenez has scored 11 Premier League goals this season – the most scored by a Wolves player in a single campaign in the competition is 12 (Steven Fletcher in 2011/12).

Nuno Espirito Santo is seeking a 50th victory in his 88th match in charge.

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