Chelsea v Wolves: Match Preview

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Chelsea v Wolves

Barclays Premier League;

Stamford Bridge;

Sat, 26th Nov; KO: 1500

Team news

Ashley Cole is the major fitness doubt for Chelsea, with the England full-back missing out against Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

Jose Bosingwa could fill-in again if Cole fails to make it, whilst Michael Essien is the only long-term absentee at Stamford Bridge.

Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt are both suspended for the visitors, whilst Richard Stearman misses out with a broken wrist.

Matt Jarvis and Adlene Guedioura are tipped to replace the the midfielders, whilst Ronald Zubar is seen as the likely replacement for Stearman. It would be his first start in nine months.

McCarthy plots Chelsea upset

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has set his sights on an upset at Stamford Bridge as the visitors look to worsen Chelsea's current plight.

Whilst the Midlands outfit are much closer to the traditional pressure-cooker of the relegation zone, Andre Villas-Boas is the man under pressure after Barclays Premier League and Champions League defeats.

And, with the chips down in west London, McCarthy plans to bring a 'rough-and-ready' approach to the clash in a bid to keep the Blues boss in serious trouble.

"I never do anything other than want to take points off these top teams or bloody their noses," said the manager pre-match.

“We tried to do it at Manchester City, where we produced a great performance. We had a really good performance against Liverpool away and we played well at Chelsea last season.

"I am not saying we’re going to do that (park the bus), but sometimes you have to do that. It’s all about points and results. That’s what counts. You’ve got to try to stop them, because they’ve got millions and millions of pounds worth of talent."

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