Chelsea and Wolves have their eyes set on Europe


Chelsea host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday in a game that will have a huge bearing on European qualification issues.

The Blues require just a point at Stamford Bridge to guarantee a top four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.

They are currently fourth in the standings, level on points with Manchester United and just one ahead of Leicester City.

With those two sides going head-to-head at the King Power Stadium on the same afternoon, fans could be in for a roller coaster final day.

Wolves head into the fixture in sixth place, just one point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure a spot in the Europa League.

With Spurs facing a winnable looking game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Wolves will be forced to target a victory this weekend.

Chelsea are priced at 4/5 to win the game and there will be plenty of punters willing to use the BetMGM bonus code to back them to achieve the feat.

Frank Lampard’s team have reeled off five league wins in a row on home soil and will be confident of extending that run against the Midlands outfit.

However, they would be well advised not to underestimate the threat posed by a Wolves side that have lost just four times on the road this season.

The home team are likely to be without N’Golo Kante, with the midfielder still struggling with the thigh injury that kept him out of the midweek defeat at Liverpool.

Lampard may decide to shake up his attacking options, with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic both pushing for starts after impressing off the bench at Anfield.

Wolves’ manager Nuno has no injury concerns to contend with and is expected to stick with the same starting XI that beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday.

Goals were the order of the day when the two teams met at Molineux back in September, with Chelsea romping to an impressive 5-2 victory.

Abraham scored a hat-trick in that game and looks interesting at odds of 11/8 to get on the scoresheet again this weekend.

While goals haven’t been a problem for Chelsea this season, keeping them out at the other end has certainly been a major issue.

The Blues have conceded 54 league goals – the worst tally of any team in the top half of that table – and that statistic offers plenty of encouragement for Wolves.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has come in for plenty of criticism this season and the visitors will believe they can exploit his fragile confidence if he starts on Sunday.

Wolves are priced at 3/1 to win the game and those odds are likely to attract interest from bettors in search of a bit of value.

Prediction: With both sides full of attacking talent, backing over 3.5 goals in the match at odds of 9/4 looks an outstanding bet in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.

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