Wolves vs Chelsea LIVE: Premier League updates

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Chelsea will attempt to return to winning ways when they head to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. Thomas Tuchel’s team drew with Everton last time out and have tasted victory just twice in their last five Premier League games, falling from first to third in the process.

Injury absences have taken a toll in midfield, but the Blues now trail leaders Man City by four points and need a return to consistent performance levels to reignite their title challenge over the busy Christmas run of games.

Wolves, meanwhile, are in eighth place and among the group of teams hoping to battle it out for European places, with goalscoring still a real issue for them but their defensive work more impressive – only the top three have conceded fewer than Bruno Lage’s side this term. Victory at Brighton last time out leaves them four points off West Ham in fifth as they look for a return to the Europa League. Follow all the live updates and team news as Wolves face Chelsea below:

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Wolves vs Chelsea: Almost time for kick off

Kick off at Molineux is just five minutes away. The players make their way out of the tunnel and onto the pitch. Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to get back to winning ways and for his Chelsea team to keep a cleansheet today.

Bruno Lage will think that Wolves can get a positive result against a weakened Chelsea team who are in indifferent form. Kick off is next.

Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:57


Wolves vs Chelsea: Impressive performances from Mount

Mason Mount has been directly involved in 11 Premier League goals this season, while he has already matched his best scoring tally of seven.

Mount could become the first Chelsea player to score in five successive league appearances since Frank Lampard from April to August 2010.

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Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:51


Wolves vs Chelsea: Rudiger on the title race

Defender Antonio Rudiger spoke about the Blues’ dip in form and how that might affect Chelsea’s chances in the race for the Premier League title. He said:

At the moment, there are three teams fighting for it. Obviously you cannot win it in December but you can lose it in December so we have to be very aware of that because of the way Manchester City and Liverpool are playing at the moment.

“It’s very stable, they don’t look like they’re dropping any points but in the Premier League you never know. On our side there’s pressure now because if the gap is getting five or six points then it can be very difficult.”

Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:46


Wolves vs Chelsea: James hitting new heights for Chelsea

Reece James has provided five assists for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, one more than in the two previous seasons combined. On top of that he’s also scored four times for the Blues in this campaign.

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Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:42


Wolves vs Chelsea: Traore struggles

Wolves have lost their last five fixtures against the reigning European champions since beating Liverpool at home in 1981.

Adama Traore has failed to score or assist in any of his 16 Premier League appearances this campaign. Last season, Traore did not score or assist in any of his opening 28 league games.

He starts on the bench for Wolves today.

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Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:37


Wolves vs Chelsea: Blues looking for cleansheet

Chelsea have conceded in their last five league games in what is their longest streak without a clean sheet under head coach Thomas Tuchel. Those five games also saw the Blue pick up just eight out of a possible 15 points available.

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Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:32


Wolves vs Chelsea: Chelsea’s system short-circuited against Everton and is in need of a reset

After a match spent furiously huffing and puffing from his technical area, berating his side’s every poor decision and wasted pass in a constant monologue, Thomas Tuchel was finally lost for words. “Today is a freak result for this kind of match,” he protested. “So where to start? Where to point the finger?”

A system ordinarily and obsessively fine-tuned to perfection, there is no escaping that Tuchel’s side has been short-circuiting in recent weeks, with their spark in the final third sputtering repeatedly and their defence regularly breached.

Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:28


Wolves vs Chelsea: Positive signs if Wolves can score

Wolves are undefeated in all eight Premier League matches in which they have scored this season in contrast to drawing a blank in all seven league defeats

They have also not conceded a first-half goal in any of their last 10 league matches.

Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:24


Wolves vs Chelsea: Blues dipping in form

Chelsea have won just twice in five Premier League fixtures with two draws and one defeat in that run. They have dropped seven points from winning positions in their last seven Premier League games.

The Blues could lose successive away league matches for the first time since a run of three in December 2020, when the second defeat came versus Wolves.

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Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:21


Wolves vs Chelsea: Tuchel on postponing the game

Chelsea had a request to postpone today’s fixture turned down by the Premier League and understandably that has angered Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel who said:

It is exactly like this, we thought we had a strong case regarding the security and health of players, we have seven positive cases, we were made to be in the bus and travel together for three hours, were in meeting together, in dinner and lunch and the situation does not feel like it will stop.

“We applied to not play and put the situation under control and it was rejected. It is very hard to understand it, we are concerned about the health of the players. We end up with players who play coming from injuries and we take the risk.

“I am worried from a medical point of view, we have had four days of consecutive positive tests. How will it stop if we are in a bus together and in meetings together?

“We are disappointed, we are a bit angry.”

Michael Jones19 December 2021 13:17


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