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3 reasons underdogs Wolves can spring a shock against Chelsea

| 13.02.2017

They may be 7/1 underdogs for victory against Chelsea, but the Blues would underestimate Wolverhampton Wanderers at their peril, as the pair meet in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round.

Here’s why the Ladbrokes News team think we could see Paul Lambert’s men stun their illustrious visitors.

They’ve already seen off Prem opposition…twice!

It’s fair to say Wolves have had to do it the hard way in the Emirates FA Cup this season, having been drawn away to Premier League heavyweights Stoke City and Liverpool in the previous two rounds.

But the Black Country outfit more than matched their opponents on both occasions, breezing past the Potters with a comfortable 2-0 victory – the opener a stunning solo strike from Helder Costa – before a lightning-quick start downed the Reds at Anfield.

Blues beginning to falter on the road

Chelsea may be on course to lift the Premier League title this season, but after an imperious winning run around the turn of the year, their away form has begun to decline, with Antonio Conte’s side now having won just one of their last four on the road.

Sunday saw the west London club held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley, meaning they’ve now taken just five points from their last four games away from Stamford Bridge. And they could struggle again, when faced with one of the Championship’s top talents.

Classy Costa can do the damage

No, not Diego, but Helder. The Wolves winger is arguably the in-form man in the Championship now, and has scored in five of his last 11 in all competitions, as well as chalking up four assists in that period.

Possessing real pace, fantastic footwork and clinical finishing, he’s also among the best dead-ball specialists in English football right now, as he proved with an inch-perfect free-kick to set up Richard Stearman’s first-minute goal at Anfield.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.