Football fans at Stamford Bridge are set to enjoy the fantastic English Premier League (EPL) clash between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers when the Blues host Wolves in match week 13, on Saturday, 26 November 2011. While Chelsea is in desperate need of a win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge to bounce back from losses in Europe and the Premier League, Wolves will need to improve their poor away record this season. Currently, the Blues have 22 points in fifth with Liverpool and Arsenal and needs three points to keep up with Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. Wolves, on the other hand, stand 17th on the table thanks to 11 points. The clash remains a game to watch this week.
In the last 10 matches, the Blues have won 6 and lost 4 and it has not been the good four weeks for Chelsea and manager Andre Villas-Boas. Most recently, the Blues has successive 2-1 losses to Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen which is followed by a damaging 5-3 loss at home to Arsenal. Getting 22 points after 12 games, this is Chelsea’s poorest start to a Premier League campaign since 2002/03. The poor performance puts pressure onto manager Andre Villas-Boas to recover by winning against Wolves. As the heat is starting to be turned up on Villas-Boas, the Portuguese coach is facing possibility to be sacked just five months after owner Roman Abramovic spending £13 million on him as Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement. Hence, the three points for Chelsea in their next game would boost Villas-Boas’ hopes of holding onto his job and create Blues’ chances of finishing in the top four alongside Man City and Man Utd.
Chelsea vs Wolves 26 November 2011 Highlights: The two teams have met in 6 league games with the Blues winning on 5 occasions and Wanderers triumphed in their last meeting 1-0 at Molineux
Wolverhampton Wanderers, who terribly won just one of their last 10 EPL matches, is also the only team yet to score a goal in the opening 15 minutes of a match this season. Although Wolves won over Wigan Athletic on 6 November 2011, it suffers a 2-1 loss away at Everton, in match week 12.
John Obi Mikel was the biggest villain at Stamford Bridge as his error in the midfield gifted Liverpool the leeway to recording a surprise 2-1 over the team
Portuguese Andres Villas Boas, 34, has faced criticism for some insipid Chelsea performances, said, “Confidence is low but they expect the manager to inspire them. I have to motivate them to get a win against Wolves on Saturday and then against Liverpool in the Carling Cup next Tuesday”
Mick McCarthy, who also feels feeling the pinch of a poor start to the season with his Wanderer’s side now sitting fourth bottom, decides to change Wolves' formation and Nenad Milijas might not start even though the Serb played well against Everton
Chelsea vs Wolves Highlights
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