Less than 24 hours after being appointed as Chelsea's new head coach, Thomas Tuchel will take charge of a Premier League game for the first time against Wolves tonight.
How do we expect the sides to line up?
🧮 Predicted XIs
🔵 Chelsea (4-3-3):
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Silva, Chilwell; Kovačić, Jorginho, Havertz; Ziyech, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi
N'Golo Kanté is Chelsea's only injury doubt. Tuchel is likely to deploy a 4-3-3 with Thiago Silva, a man he knows well from the pair's days together at PSG, marshalling the defence.
🐺 Wolves (4-3-3):
Rui Patrício; Semedo, Coady, Boly, Saïss; Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker; Traoré, Silva, Neto
Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo continues to cope without Jonny Otto, Marçal and Daniel Podence, and no timeframe has been placed on Raúl Jiménez's return to action.
After handing opportunities to several fringe players in the FA Cup, Nuno should name a more familiar Wolves XI featuring Portuguese quartet Rui Patrício, Nélson Semedo, Rúben Neves and Pedro Neto.
🔑 Key stats
- Mason Mount created seven chances in Chelsea’s last win - the joint-most by a Blues player in a top-flight victory this season.
- Wolves have picked up just one point from their last four away league outings and have lost six of their last seven trips to Stamford Bridge.
- Wolves came from behind to seal a stoppage-time 2-1 win when the two teams met at Molineux last month.
- Since their return to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have earned 23 points from their 13 league games in London (W6 D5 L2) – only Liverpool (31) and Manchester City (28) have won more away points in the capital in this time.
- Wolves' Ivorian defender Willy Boly became the first Wolves player to concede a penalty, assist a goal and score a goal in the same EPL game since May 2011.
- Nuno Espírito Santo's side is without a clean sheet in 12 league outings.
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