How the Bookies See it:
- Match Winner: Chelsea 2/5, Draw 15/4, Wolves 7/1 - Ladbrokes
- To Qualify: Chelsea 1/8, Wolves 9/2 - William Hill
- First Goalscorer: Diego Costa 14/5, Michy Batshuayi 7/2, Eden Hazard 4/1 - Coral
- Wolves overcame Stoke 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium in the third round and pulled off an even bigger surprise to knock out Liverpool 2-1 in the last round. They have not fared so well in the Championship since that famous day at Anfield, though, and Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic was a third straight league defeat, leaving them looking over their shoulders in 18th place in the table.
- Chelsea have cruised to 4-1 and 4-0 victories over Peterborough United and Brentford respectively in the FA Cup this season, while their Premier League form has been unrelenting. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday, but still hold an eight-point advantage over nearest rivals Manchester City.
- The last time Chelsea played Wolves they won 6-0 in a League Cup game in 2012, and they have not lost to their opponents since a 1-0 defeat in January 2011.
Antonio Conte made wholesale changes to his side for the matches against Peterborough and Brentford and is likely to rest a few of his key men yet again this weekend, even though Chelsea’s schedule is not as congested as some other teams. Michy Batshuayi could therefore be set to come into the starting XI, and odds of 7/2 with Paddy Power on the Belgian being first goalscorer may be worth considering.
Wolves will take a lot of confidence from their victories over Stoke and Liverpool, and should be able to play without feeling the pressure that may have affected their recent league performances. They have failed to score in their past couple of matches, but Dave Edwards has been a reliable source of goals all season and may offer some value at 3/1 with Sky Bet in the anytime goalscorer market.
However, it is hard to make a case for Wolves coming through the tie, and Chelsea are in such a groove that they should progress comfortably regardless of how many changes Conte makes. They will certainly not want a replay and are unlikely to sit back until they open up a commanding lead, so Bet365’s price of 10/3 on a winning margin of two goals could be the way to go.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Chelsea to win by two goals - 10/3 at Bet365
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.