Chelsea - Wolves Betting Preview: Visitors can be trusted to keep things tight

Roberto Di Matteo's side struggled to break down a stuffy Potters' at the weekend and Willie Duncan expects Stale Solbakken's men to put up a good fight at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea laboured to victory over Stoke on Saturday and Roberto Di Matteo’s side will expect more stout opposition when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Stamford Bridge in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

The Blues sit proudly atop the Premier League having gathered an impressive 13 points from their first five matches and it is no surprise to see the Blues chalked up as red hot 1/4 (1.25) favourites with William Hill to progress to the fourth round.

Wolves secured their third successive league win at the weekend and are showing signs that they are adjusting to life in the Championship.

This match is a huge step up in class for Stale Solbakken’s men and they can be backed at very chunky odds of 8/1 (9.0) to upset  Tuesday’s hosts. The same firm go 5/1 (6.0) that the visitors can force extra time.

With Chelsea pursuing glory on four fronts again this term, Di Matteo may well opt to to shuffle his pack and that might present Solbakken’s side with a small window of opportunity against their more illustrious opponents.

Chelsea are likely to start with Daniel Sturridge in a striking role and he can be backed at 11/4 (3.75) with William Hill to score first while Brazilian teenager Lucas Piazon will also be hopeful of being given his chance and can be supported at William Hill’s 7/2 (4.50) quote to score first.

The visitors are likely to turn to in-form striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to score the first goal at a meaty 11/1 (12.0) with William Hill while the same firm offer 16/1 (17.0) that French midfielder Bakary Sako breaks the deadlock.

Chelsea were held by Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League prior to being held with Stoke and may find it to be a tough evening should Wolves opt to "park the bus".

Stale Solbakken’s side certainly appear to be the value pick (+2) in the handicap betting at even money (2.0) while those looking for bigger odds may be tempted by William Hill’s 17/2 (9.50) for the hosts to prevail 1-0 once again.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (+2) at even money with William Hill
Chelsea to win 1-0 at 17/2 (9.50) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter