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Premier League tips: Best bets for Wolves v Chelsea

22 Dec | BY Tom Hill | MIN READ TIME |
Premier League tips: Best bets for Wolves v Chelsea

Tom Hill picks out his best bets for the Christmas Eve clash between Wolves and Chelsea.

Wolves and Chelsea face off in the first Premier League match on Christmas Eve since 1995, with just three points separating the two teams in a congested middle of the table.

The Blues were somewhat fortunate to reach the semi-finals of the EFL Cup in midweek as a late Kieran Trippier mistake allowed them to level and win the match on penalties.

Now they face a Wolves side looking to avenge some recent narrow defeats.

Best bets

Wolves draw no bet @ 13/8
Matheus Cunha to score at any time @ 12/5
Over 5.5 cards @ 19/20

Hosts to hold firm

Wolves have been solid at home this season; they have only lost two of their nine games at Molineux in all competitions.

Those defeats came against Liverpool and Brighton, but they have picked up some big results on home soil, including wins over Manchester City and Tottenham and draws with Newcastle and Aston Villa.

By contrast, Chelsea have struggled somewhat on the road, failing to win five of their eight away games in the Premier League this season.

The Blues did not look like breaking down Newcastle before Kieran Trippier’s mistake, and their big squad has taken a significant hit through injuries.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost their last three away games, conceding eight and scoring just two in that run of defeats, which have come against Newcastle, Manchester United and Everton.

Take the stalemate out of the equation in this one and side with Wolves in the draw no bet market.

Cunha to find the net

Matheus Cunha has been in impressive form recently and looks a solid bet to add to his tally of five goals in the Premier League this season.

The Brazilian is averaging 1.4 shots on target per 90 minutes this term and has netted three times in his last five games, registering ten shots on target in that run.

Against a Chelsea defence that has been seriously leaky on the road this season, Cunha could fill his boots and is fancied to get on the scoresheet.

Plenty of cards likely

One thing that looks likely in this game is that there should be plenty to keep referee David Coote busy.

Only Sheffield United have picked up more cards than Chelsea’s 54 in the Premier League this season, and Wolves are no slouches on that count either, picking up 51 this term.

Only Anthony Taylor has sent off more players than Coote this season, so a dismissal is not out of the question, but the pick is six or more cards in what should be a combative affair between two closely matched sides. 

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