Wolves v Chelsea: Visitors will move closer to Double glory

Will Antonio Conte still be smiling after Chelsea's visit to Wolves?
Will Antonio Conte still be smiling after Chelsea's visit to Wolves?
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The Premier League leaders Chelsea travel to Wolves in the fifth round of the FA Cup and Dan Fitch thinks they will cruise to victory...

"Both of Chelsea's previous FA Cup wins this season have seen them leading at half-time."

Back Chelsea to win half-time/full-time at [2.04]

Wolves v Chelsea
Saturday, 17:30
Live On BT Sport 2


Wolves pulled off the shock of the fourth round when they beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield, having knocked out Stoke in the previous round. Now they have another tough assignment ahead, after been drawn against the Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Their recent form doesn't suggest that they will produce another surprise. Wolves' loss at home to Wigan on Tuesday was their third successive defeat.

Progress has been slow under the new manager Paul Lambert. He took over the club in November when they club were 19th in the Championship. Wolves are now just 18th, six points from the relegation zone, with two of the seven games they've won under Lambert coming against Premier League opposition in the FA Cup.

Lambert does at least have a nearly fully fit squad to choose from, with Michal Zyro being Wolves' only injured player.


Securing the Premier League title is Chelsea's priority this season, but Antonio Conte would surely love to land a domestic double in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have progressed to the last-16 of the FA Cup without yet meeting top flight opposition. This has allowed Conte to experiment with his lineup, though of course Chelsea have plenty of talent within their squad.

Should Chelsea reach the business end of this competition then they might have to take it more seriously. By then of course, they may well have already done the hard work in terms of winning the title.

For now Conte will continue to rotate and with David Luiz and John Terry both injured, it could mean starts in the back three for Nathan Ake and Kurt Zouma. Further forward, youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi are also likely to play.

Ref Watch

Jon Moss will officiate. On the last occasion that he refereed a Chelsea match - their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in December - he showed five yellow cards.

Match Odds

Chelsea are the favourites at [1.92], with the draw at [5.1] and Wolves out at [9.0].

Even accounting for the changes that Chelsea are likely to make, they should still win this one comfortably. Both of their previous FA Cup wins have seen them leading at half-time/full-time and you can back them to do so again at [2.04].

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 goals is favoured at [1.66], with unders at [2.36].

Chelsea scored four goals against both Peterborough in the third round and Brentford in the fourth. Over 3.5 goals could be worth considering at [2.6], but the price for over 2.5 is just about good enough to recommend.

To Score

Michy Batshuayi has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, but has delivered in the cups. He's scored four goals in the five games he's played in the FA Cup and League Cup this season.

The Belgian is [2.05] to find the net. Another player worth considering is Willian, who has scored in both rounds of the FA Cup and is [3.5] to add to his tally.

Recommended Bets

Back Chelsea to win half-time/full-time at [2.04]
Back under 2.5 goals at [1.66]
Back Willian to score at [3.5]

Dan Fitch 2016/17 Season P/L

Staked: 348 pts
Returned: 343.64 pts
P/L: -4.36 pts

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