Wolves host Chelsea in the early Premier League kick-off today with Nuno Espirito Santo and Frank Lampard eager to inspire their teams to respond after defeats last time out to Aston Villa and Everton respectively.
The competition is fierce to secure a top four finish and path to next season’s Champions League though, with the loss at Goodison Park proving costly, as Leicester City and Southampton leapfrogged the Blues to leave them outside in fifth. There was then good fortune on Sunday though as both Tottenham, in their 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool, who were held 1-1 by Fulham, failed to capitalise, meaning there is still just three points separating the Blues from top sport, so a victory will temporarily see them back in first place – follow all the live action, goal and score updates, reaction and analysis from the game below:
Michael Jones15 December 2020 16:46
NUNO ON RAUL
Since Raul Jimenez’s head injury against Arsenal, Wolves have lost both of their Premier League games. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo says that his side will continue to compete as improve without their number one striker but the importance is on getting Jimenez well again. He said:
Michael Jones15 December 2020 16:43
LAST TIME OUT
Wolves are looking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in which their West-Midlands rivals scored a stoppage time penalty. It was a furious game with referee Mike Dean awarding nine yellow cards and two red ones but unfortunately for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men they came off worse.
Chelsea had a 17-game run, in all competitions, end after Everton defeated them 1-0 last Saturday. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a moment of madness to bring down Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the box and Gylfi Sigurdsson converted the penalty. The Toffees then held Chelsea off in the final minutes to claim all three points. That defeat, and Leicester and Southampton’s subsequent wins, saw Chelsea drop out of the top four.
Michael Jones15 December 2020 16:33
WOLVES VS CHELSEA TEAM NEWS
Moutinho will miss out due to his red card against Villa, while Raul Jimenez’s recovery from a fractured skull will keep him out for an unspecified period of time. Jonny, meanwhile, is a long-term absentee for the hosts, and Willy Boly is not expected to return just yet.
Christian Pulisic is back in the Chelsea squad but is unlikely to feature – until the latter stages of the game, at the very least. Meanwhile, fellow wingers Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech are not due to return until Boxing Day – if not later.
Jack Rathborn15 December 2020 16:22