Wolves vs Chelsea | U23 Match preview

Wolves under-23s return to Premier League 2 on Saturday on the back of three cup matches for Mark Kennedy’s side when they welcome Chelsea to Compton Park.

Since their last Division 1 fixture, a 2-2 draw against then league-leaders Derby County at the start of November, the development side have confirmed their place in the knockout stages of the Leasing.com Trophy, maintained their 100 per cent record in the Premier League Cup with a win over Birmingham City, and were held to a draw by French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the PL International Cup.

Wolves’ draw with Derby allowed Saturday’s opposition Chelsea jump to the top of the league table after beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at the start of the month.

*You can catch all the action as Wolves under-23s take on Chelsea this Saturday afternoon, with the game free to view worldwide via WolvesTV and the Wolves App.


Saturday 12.45pm


Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground sponsored by Fosun International



1-1 v Paris Saint-Germain (M) PLIC

2-1 v Birmingham City (H) PLC

0-1 v Blackpool (A) LCT


2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (H)

1-0 v Plymouth Argyle (A) LCT

3-1 v Arsenal (H)


Dongda He, who has recently returned to the club after spending more than a month with China on international duty, spoke about the atmosphere of playing PSG at Molineux as well as looking ahead to Saturday’s Premier League 2 fixture.

On playing at Molineux for under-23s

“I really enjoyed it. I’ve only just got back from playing for the national team and luckily I made the team.  I’m happy that I was able to come on for the last 10 minutes and help the team get a good result.

“It’s good being away with the national team, but I was away for 45 days for a large training camp, and only got back to Wolves for training on Monday and then straight into the squad for Wednesday.

“There’s still room for improvement because I’ve been away from the team for so long, so I still need to bond with the team, but I was happy that I got 10 minutes at the end to play.”

On the challenge of Chelsea

“It’s going to be a tough game, but every game, it doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we’ve got to treat it the same.

“Chelsea might be top of the league, but we’ve got to treat the game the same as we would any other game and just try our best.”


23/11 Chelsea (H)

27/11 Athletic Club Bilbao (H) PLIC

02/12 Leeds United (H) PLC

09/12 Brighton & Hove Albion (H)

16/12 Everton (A)