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Christopher Nkunku of Chelsea might be in the starting lineup following a 45-minute appearance during the week, while Levi Colwill is expected to remain sidelined due to a minor injury. Nicolas Jackson, the forward, is back in the squad after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Wolves have no new injury concerns following their recent defeat at home to Manchester United. Hwang Hee-chan is still away at the Asian Cup, and Boubacar Traore continues to represent Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations. Midfielders Joao Gomes and Pablo Sarabia are vying for a starting spot after making substitute appearances during the week.
On a quick turnaround for Chelsea
“It’ll be an incredibly tough challenge, as always, playing Manchester United like we just have or Chelsea, two of the biggest clubs in England. They have incredible ability to sign talent and produce some of their own talent – massive squad full of quality. It’ll be an incredibly tough test, especially with such a quick turnaround and such a small squad.
“The effort which went into the Manchester United game and the amount of work the boys put in will take some recovering from, so it was important we started to get the lads recovered as quickly as possible and going to Stamford Bridge will be a real test. We’ll embrace it, the same as we have with every other game.”
On continuing to progress as a group
“As I said before the Man United game, you can give everything at this level and still cruelly come out the losing side. I’m looking at more from us, more progression, more togetherness, and see if we can keep producing.
“The distance we’ve managed to move over the last six months – I’ve watched a few games from last season, where games like Thursday got away and it ended up five or six – so I think how far we’ve come shouldn’t be taken lightly, but that doesn’t mean we stop. We have to keep going.”
On maintaining the spirit in the group
“That’s always a big part of what I do. It was always a big part of what I tried to do last season and it’s been a big part of what I’ve tried to do this season. Transfer windows when you’re in the playing squad already can be funny because sometimes you’d like to see a few arrive because you’ll get help and support, and other times for selfish reasons, and being in it together, you prefer it to stay how it was.
“I don’t know how each individual thinks about it, I’m clear on how I feel about them and how I feel about the group and what we are. I’m sure, no matter what happens between now and the end of the season, you’ll get us giving absolutely everything in every moment.
“I don’t think there’ll be too many teams that can suffer a sucker punch like the one which made it 3-1 against Manchester United and still show the resilience to get back up and fight their way back like we did. I’m sure if there was another five or six minutes left, we’d have found a way to fight and threaten to make it 4-4. That’s where it is, it’s my job to keep it there and to make sure the lads understand how important each little detail is. Will we ever be perfect? Probably not. But it’s my job to get us as close as possible.”
MATCH STATS & FACTS
- Wolves are aiming for their third win in a row over Chelsea.
- Wanderers could complete the league double against Chelsea for the first time since 1974-75.
- However, they haven’t won at Stamford Bridge in any competition since 1979 (D4, L8).
- Chelsea are aiming for a fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League for the first time since 2020.
- The Blues have scored 36 league goals in this campaign, only two short of last season’s total.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored a penalty in five of their past seven Premier League home games.
- Chelsea have had 73 yellow and red cards combined in this season’s Premier League, more than any other side.
- Cole Palmer has scored in four of his five home league starts for Chelsea, including a goal in each of the last three.
- Raheem Sterling scored four goals and provided three assists in his last seven top-flight appearances against Wolves.
- Wolves’ defeat by Manchester United on Thursday was their first in eight matches in all competitions.
- They have kept just two clean sheets in their last 27 Premier League away games, although one was last time out at Brighton.
- Gary O’Neil’s side are the only Premier League team not to have scored from outside the penalty area this season.
- Wolves have scored 11 of their 33 league goals this season after the 75th minute.
- Matheus Cunha has been directly involved in nine of Wolves’ last 11 Premier League goals, scoring four and setting up five.
- Pedro Neto has been involved in seven goals in his last seven away appearances in all competitions, scoring two and assisting five.
Referee: Tim Robinson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Akil Howson. Fourth official: Steve Martin. VAR: Simon Hooper. Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes.
The match kicks of at 2pm on Sunday 4th February at Stamford Bridge. The match is not shown live on UK television.