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Paul Merson makes prediction for Chelsea vs Wolves; says he 'can't believe' summer transfer decision

Wolves are taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday – and Paul Merson has questioned Wanderers’ decision to offload Conor Coady ahead of the game.

Wolves go into the match without a manager having sacked Bruno Lage last weekend.

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The 46-year-old was relieved of his duties following the 2-0 defeat by West Ham United.

The search for a new man is in full swing. And the club have reportedly now opened talks with Julen Lopetegui, who has been sacked by Sevilla.

An announcement could be made before the game with the Blues.

But it will be Steve Davis and James Collins who take the team down in west London.

It will be a very interesting contest, and hopefully the players will be able to spring a surprise.

But Sky pundit Merson does not foresee an upset at the Bridge.

He reckons Chelsea will run out 2-0 winners, and the pundit couldn’t help but point to the exit of Coady as part of the reason for Wolves’ struggles.

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He told Sportskeeda: “Wolves have sacked Bruno Lage and if I’m being honest, I can’t believe they let someone like Conor Coady leave.

“He was the heart and soul of the team and marshaled their backline expertly since they gained promotion to the Premier League, so it just feels like a strange one.”

The Conor Coady criticism levelled at Wolves is boring, as Paul Merson predicts Chelsea win

Wolves deciding to move on from Coady is not the reason the team is struggling.

Wanderers haven’t scored nearly enough goals and that is the big issue right now.

Maximilian Kilman and Nathan Collins have both been very good at the back this season, especially the former.

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Where Wolves should be criticised is over the structure of that Coady deal.

Letting him leave on loan was silly. Everton needed defensive reinforcements and the club should have sought a sale.

And it came out last night that the option to buy for the Toffees is just £4.5 million. That is just scandalous for a player of Coady’s ability and stature.

They simply made it far too easy for a Premier League rival.