Wolves v Chelsea

04 January 2011 01:05
Wolves are still missing a number of key players including striker Kevin Doyle and defender Jody Craddock.The pair - who have thigh injuries - have resumed training but are not yet match fit. [LNB]Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is available again after serving a one-match suspension. [LNB]The Serbian international is likely to replace teenager Jeffrey Bruma to shore up a defence that conceded three against Aston Villa at the weekend. [LNB][LNB]Wolves[LNB]Injured: Craddock (hip/thigh), Doyle (thigh), Guedioura (broken leg), Henry, Kightly & Mancienne (all knee), Mouyokolo (back) [LNB]Chelsea[LNB]Injured: Alex & Mikel (both knee), Benayoun (Achilles), Zhirkov (calf)[LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Chelsea moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League when these sides met at Stamford Bridge in October. The champions were 2-0 winners and appeared to be running away with another title. [LNB] It's not over because we are improving and I think we can still have a say on the season Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti Fast forward a couple of months and the picture is very different; Chelsea have got the blues and are sliding out of contention. Even a Champions League place is under threat, with Carlo Ancelotti's side now in fifth place after Sunday's 3-3 draw with Aston Villa. [LNB]Ancelotti insists his side can still win the title and the bookmakers have not written them off either, making them third favourites behind Manchester United and Arsenal. Their odds would inevitably lengthen if they failed to beat bottom-of-the-table Wolves though. [LNB]Wolves have enjoyed some decent victories this season, including the recent 1-0 win at Liverpool, but defeat at relegation rivals West Ham last time out really was a hammer blow. [LNB]Mick McCarthy's side have a tough month ahead, with fixtures against Manchester United, Manchester City, Bolton and Liverpool to come after this one. As Chelsea have shown though, fortunes can change very quickly. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Wolves and Chelsea have met 100 times, with 37 wins each. There have been 26 draws. [LNB]• Chelsea have a perfect record against Wolves in the Premier League, winning five out of five. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on this match Wolves[LNB]• Wolves have picked up more points in their last six games (nine) than Chelsea (seven). [LNB]• Despite being bottom of the table, Wolves have won more games (five) than any of the four teams immediately above them. [LNB]• Wolves have scored just one first-half goal in their last 10 matches. [LNB]• Having failed to keep a clean sheet in their first 16 matches this season, Wolves have kept two in their last four games. [LNB]Chelsea[LNB]• Chelsea have won just one of their last eight matches in the Premier League. [LNB]• The Blues have not won away since a 2-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers on 30 October, a run of six matches in all competitions. [LNB]• Chelsea have 35 points after 20 Premier League matches, their fewest points at this stage since the 2001/2002 season when they eventually finished in sixth place. [LNB]• Didier Drogba has not scored outside of London this season - all but one of his goals have come at Stamford Bridge, the other at White Hart Lane. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Wolves[LNB]Fletcher: 5 goals (4 league); Ebanks-Blake: 4 goals (4 league) [LNB][LNB]Chelsea[LNB]Anelka: 10 goals (3 league); Drogba: 9 goals (8 league) [LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Mark Halsey [LNB]Assistant referees: Dave Bryan & Adam Watts [LNB]Fourth official: Michael Oliver [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Wolves (L0-2 v West Ham, a): Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi (Fletcher 76), Jarvis, Foley, Milijas (Bent 87), Hunt (Edwards 76), Ward, Ebanks-Blake. Subs Not Used: Hahnemann, David Jones, Mujangi Bia, Batth. [LNB]Chelsea (D3-3 v Aston Villa, h): Cech, Ferreira (Bosingwa 57), Bruma, Terry, Cole, Ramires (Kalou 72), Essien, Lampard, Anelka (Sturridge 78), Drogba, Malouda. Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Van Aanholt, McEachran, Mellis.

Source: BBC_Sport