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The teams: Wolves vs Chelsea

Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso make their first appearances of the season as Frank Lampard opts to go with three at the back at Molineux.

The set-up is expected to be similar to the one Wolves have had enjoyed such success with since their return to the Premier League.

Today Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are the wing-backs, with Rudiger joined by Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori in the centre of defence.

Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic occupy the midfield positions, and ahead of them Tammy Abraham is flanked by Willian, making his first start of 2019/20, and Mason Mount.

Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 3-4-3 formation:

Kepa; Rudiger, Christensen, Tomori; Azpilicueta (c), Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Willian, Abraham, Mount.

Substitutes: Caballero, Zouma, Barkley, Pulisic, Pedro, Giroud, Batshuayi.

The referee is Graham Scott. VAR is headed up by Chris Kavanagh.

Wolves are expected to line up in the following 3-5-2 formation:

Patricio; Vallejo, Coady (c), Saiss; Traore, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny; Jota, Jimenez.

Subs: Ruddy, Doherty, Neto, Cutrone, Gibbs-White, Vinagre, Kilman.  

Stats recap

Chelsea did not beat Wolves last season, losing 1-2 at Molineux and drawing 1-1 at the Bridge. Our last win over Wolves in the Premier League was in January 2012 when we won 2-1 with an 89th-minute winner from Frank Lampard at Molineux.

Although Wolves were unbeaten in their two Premier League meetings with Chelsea last season, they lost seven of their first eight games against us in the competition.

We have not lost back-to-back top-flight visits to Molineux since losing three in a row there between December 1972 and March 1975.

None of the last 13 top-flight meetings since October 1968 between Wolves and Chelsea at Molineux have ended level. Chelsea have won six and lost seven. The Blues have won five of the last seven, although Wolves have won two of the last three.


Biggest league win for each team

Wolves 8-1 Chelsea - 26/09/1953
Wolves 0-5 Chelsea - 20/09/2003
 

Chelsea's recent record

Chelsea are looking to win consecutive away Premier League games for the first time since December 2018, when we won three in a row.

We have only lost three of our past 26 games in all competitions (excluding shoot-outs), with all defeats coming away from home in the Premier League.

All three of Chelsea’s away Premier League wins in 2019 have been against newly-promoted teams. In eight matches against teams who are not newly-promoted, we have won none, drawn two and lost six of eight games, scoring once and conceding 21 times.

Only Norwich City (10) have conceded more Premier League goals than Chelsea this season (9).

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