Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Chelsea

When Wolves played Chelsea away in October I wrote that it was to be the hardest game in the league to take points from. And we of course didn’t.

Wolves lost by two goals to nothing, but were not at all without chances to take points in the game. Van Damme came close in a decisive moment, immediately after which Chelsea came at us with a fierce counter attack and Malouda scored their first.

Later they scored their second, but Wolves played very well and probably had their best game so far when it comes to correct passes and had more chances to score than any other team against Chelsea – at least until then (see HERE).

Since then Chelsea have had a bad run, really. After the first quarter of the seasons stable and winning game, they’ve lost many games and many of the star players have looked totally out of shape. They have managed to win just one game in the last eight.

The last example of that is their game against Villa, where they only managed to take one point. But critics seem to look upon that as a fall forward (to draw against the Villa!).

Hopefully we can play as good as we did against Chelsea away. If that is the case we will take three points, because they are a weakened team now in comparison with October.

Actually we played like we were the home team when we were visiting. We had the main part of possession and Chelsea were the team that counter attacked.

With six of our ordinary starters out injured we still have a big injury problem, but our players available has played better than at least I anticipated. Doyle is still out and so is Craddock, Henry, Mancienne and Mouyokolo. And of course Kightly and Guédioura.

Chelsea have Alex and Mikel out injured and also Benayoun and Zirkhov. They still play with a 4-3-3-formation.

Away we played Doyle as a lone striker in a 4-5-1-formation, but since then we have changed to 4-4-2 and we will probably keep that in this game aswell. If Villa can match them in midfield with two upfront, so can we.

I’m not expecting any major changes to either teams from previous games. Chelsea will have Ivanovic back after suspension and Wolves may play Fletcher upfront instead of Ward.

Historically Wolves and Chelsea are equals with 37 wins each. Who will take a lead in those stats after tomorrows game? I don’t dare to guess, really. But a win for Wolves is not at all out of reach if they play well.

These are the starting elevens I expect to see walking onto Molineux on Wednesday night.

Edit: Despite reports today about Doyle being fit to play I doubt that he will start.



~ by paddytheflea on January 4, 2011.

4 Responses to “Probable Team Lineups: Wolves v Chelsea”

  1. Personally I hope Elokobi starts on the left back. New players will arrive soon, this fact will sharpen and motivate the players currently playing in the first team. I predict a draw 1-1

    • Could be, Karlir. Left back seem to be a weak point whenever we meet a team with a fast winger. But against Chelsea I’m more afraid of the other wing – with Cole. And with Zubar not at his best, I can’t help but smelling danger.

  2. I find it hard to believe that Micks plays foley at centre mid. In my opinion he is useless. All he does is play the easy pass and never looks for the better ball llike nenad milijas does. Foley has prooved to us that he is a very good full back so why cant he play there when zubar has played very bad recently? The return of Karl Henry cant come back quick enough in my opinion.

    • Foley was one of our very best against Liverpool in my opinion (read my analysis & ratings). But he was not so good against West Ham. I’m a not so big fan of Henry and he will need a couple of matches to get into it again – starting with Doncaster in the cup.

      In my opinion Henry is even more of a player looking for the easy pass. And not at all as dangerous going forward as Foley. But I believe there must be a player like that – playing safety first – on the midfield. We cannot afford to lose the ball there. Especially not to teams like Chelsea who are masters at counter attacks.

      The abscense of Henry has not made Wolves weaker as a team, in my opinion, and I really hope that his return will not either.

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