Wolves host Chelsea in only the second Premier League game to be played on Christmas Eve, with the home team looking to bounce back from last week's 3-0 loss at West Ham.
Chelsea have had a better week, beating Sheffield United 2-0 in the Premier League before reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a penalty shootout win over Newcastle, so confidence should be rising that they can claim a pre-Christmas boost.
Mauricio Pochettino's time as Chelsea manager has gone anything but smoothly so far, and a tally of six wins from their first 17 Premier League matches this season is well short of the required standard.
Accommodating a plethora of huge-money signings and forming them into a cohesive unit was always going to take time and there's still a long way to go, but Chelsea have shown their potential in flashes, along with some frustratingly poor performances.
The mood at Stamford Bridge should be more positive after a battling midweek performance against Newcastle and this looks to be a good opportunity for them to turn around their recent shaky form on the road. The Blues have lost their last three league away games at Newcastle, Manchester United and Everton, but prior to that they had been travelling well, posting 4-1 wins at Tottenham and Burnley and beating Fulham 2-0 in their previous three away games.
While Chelsea's injuries show no sign of halting and a hernia issue for Enzo Fernandez being the latest blow for Pochettino, there is at least two-way movement to and from the treatment room now, with Christopher Nkunku making his first appearance for the club and converting a penalty in the win over Newcastle after picking up a pre-season knee injury following his £52 million transfer from RB Leipzig. Romeo Lavia could also feature after his £58 million move from Southampton.
Wolves could be vulnerable to Chelsea's quality after a sloppy performance in the 3-0 loss to West Ham, and a 1-0 win over Burnley is their only success in their last five games. Wolves have lost only twice at home in the league this season, but with only two wins in their last eight outings, they can be opposed on Sunday afternoon.
Those Wolves home defeats in the league were against Brighton (4-1) and Liverpool (3-1) and this game could follow a similar pattern. Chelsea have kept only one clean sheet in their last eight games and if they are going to win at Molineux they may well need to score at least twice to do so.
Both teams have scored in 13 of Wolves' last 15 games, and Chelsea look like willing partners to create a game with plenty of chances at both ends. The difference is that the Blues' forwards should have the extra quality to make the most of their opportunities, with Cole Palmer becoming an increasingly influential figure in their attacking game, while Raheem Sterling has an impressive record against Wolves, scoring four times in his last six games against the Midlands club.
Chelsea haven't made the most of their potential so far this season, but they have plenty of tricky ball players who can frustrate opponents and one player who usually needs no invitation to get amongst the opposition and concede free kicks is midfielder Mario Lemina.
The Gabonese star has picked up a yellow card in seven games this season (and got two when he was sent off against Aston Villa) and has played in only eight games when he hasn't attracted the attention of the referee.
He has not gone more than three Premier League games in a row this season with a clean slate from the officials, and having escaped yellows in the games against Forest and West Ham, he's potentially due a booking on Sunday afternoon.
Wolves are set to add winger Pedro Neto to the matchday squad and goalkeeper Jose Sa is now fit enough to start with Dan Bentley moving back to the bench. Nelson Semedo has recovered from an illness, but Jonny and Joe Hodge are out.
Reece James (hamstring) and Enzo Fernandez (hernia) are out, along with Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah, Marc Cucurella, Robert Sanchez and Carney Chukwuemeka. Romeo Lavia could be in line for his first appearance for the club.
Wolves have scored at least once in each of their last 15 Premier League home games.
Seven of Wolves' last nine league games have produced three or more goals
Chelsea have failed to score in only one of their last nine games.
Chelsea's Raheem Sterling has either scored or assisted a goal in his last six games against Wolves
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