A return of just two victories in eight Premier League (PL) games (W2, D1, L5) has severely damaged Chelsea’s title challenge and saw Frank Lampard sacked on Monday afternoon. Yet, their status as pre-match favourites makes it worth noting that they have averaged a steady 1.67 goals per game beyond the hour mark across their last six PL victories.

Despite this habit for late strikes during a victory, Chelsea have scored their first goal of the game before the 30th minute in five of their last six PL wins, thrice doing so specifically within the 20th-29th minute period. In relation to that, Chelsea’s last two home league games won/drawn have seen the ‘Blues’ score first and lead 1-0 at HT.

Wolves are 12 league fixtures without a clean sheet (W2, D3, L7) but they are unbeaten when scoring first in the PL this term (W5, D1). However, that has been a rarity lately, with Wolves conceding the opening goal in each of their previous nine league matches, and recovering a meagre five points from 27 (W1, D2, L6).

Following an accomplished 2-1 win at Arsenal to close November, the visitors have taken just one away point from the last 12 (D1, L3), conceding an average of 1.75 second-half goals per match across that quartet, and a steady average of 1.00 beyond the hour mark.

Odds

Betpay has Chelsea on 1.65 odds to win while offering odds of 5.50 for a Wolves’ win. A draw is priced at 4.10.

Betting Tip

Chelsea have recently sacked Frank Lampard as manager with Thomas Tuchel coming in almost immediately and is expected to be on the bench on the night. It remains to be seen what to expect from them and as a result, our tipsters have gone for a Wolves win or a draw, which attracts odds of 2.30 on Betpay.

Prediction

Wolves to win or draw.

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