Despite confidently qualifying for the Europa League group stages, Wolverhampton Wanderers remain winless in their first four games of the 2019-20 Premier League season after the defeat at Goodison Park last time around.
Everton were 3-2 winners against Wolves before the international break, with Willy Boly seeing red late on. The result means Nuno Espirito Santo’s men sit just above the drop zone early on, registering just three points.
However, the international break could have come at a good time for Wolves, allowing the squad to regroup as they seek to register the club’s first win of the league campaign.
So, how will Santo line up against Chelsea?
Raul Jimenez has two Premier League goals so far and his excellent six goals in Europe make him an important man in the Wolves lineup this year (as per WhoScored.com).
Patrick Cutrone played well against Everton, receiving a 6/10 (as per Birmingham Mail), however, Diogo Jota should come back in as he pitched in with four goals en route to Wolves’ Europa League qualification.
In midfield, Ruben Vinagre earned the lowest score of anyone against the Toffees, with a 4/10 rating for his efforts. This should bring Jonny Castro Otto back in, who has averaged 2.3 interceptions and 1.7 tackles per game thus far in the league (as per WhoScored).
Romain Saiss will be unlucky to miss out after he scored at Goodison Park, but with Ruben Neves averaging 53.5 passes per game [WhoScored] and Moutinho averaging three tackles per game [WhoScored], the Moroccan should start on the bench.
Adama Traore has caused mayhem for Wolves this season, bagging himself three assists in the Europa League [Transfermarkt], including during a Man of the Match performance in Turin and in another sublime 8/10 showing against Torino at Molineux.
At the back, Willy Boly is suspended, which could bring in Jesus Vallejo for his first league appearance for Wolves. The Real Madrid loanee has experience leading, captaining Spain’s U21s 11 times in his 22 appearances (as per Transfermarkt).
Alongside him, Conor Coady has averaged 4.8 clearances per game and an impressive 6.8 long balls per game (as per WhoScored.com), whilst Ryan Bennett has played every minute of Premier League action so far, earning himself an average rating of 6.69 (as per WhoScored.com).
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