Chelsea VS Wolves final LIVE Football Score 19 Dec 2021
Their absence was felt on Thursday as the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by a decimated Everton side, leaving Tuchel’s side four points adrift of leaders Manchester City. With the Premier League yet to reach the halfway stage, Tuchel will not panic just yet, but the German is aware that failure to beat Wolves could leave them as clear outsiders in the title race. Chelsea have gone six matches in all competitions without keeping a clean sheet, conceding 11 goals in the process, while only Mason Mount is showing any consistency in the final third. The England playmaker has contributed four goals and two assists during his last four outings in the top flight, and the West Londoners will require more magic from the academy graduate against a well-oiled Wolves team.
Bruno Lage’s side will continue to come in for criticism while they average less than a goal per game this season, their return of 13 strikes the second lowest in the division. Nevertheless, a 1-0 victory was enough to get the better of Brighton on Wednesday, Wolves keeping their sixth clean sheet of the campaign and extending a run of conceding just twice in six outings. Seven wins have come from their last 14 in the top flight, the fifth-best return since September 11, and Wolves will relish the opportunity to heap further misery on the European champions. While Raul Jimenez will likely get the nod in attack after suspension, Wolves showed enough at the Amex Stadium that the extra movement from three rotating attackers could be an effective tactic over the coming weeks and months.
Chelsea also have fitness issues, with Jorginho and Ruben Loftus Cheek both doubts for the game at Molineux on Sunday after suffering knocks in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Everton. The Blues are definitely without Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who are isolating after positive Covid tests. Ben Chilwell has also tested positive, but is sidelined long-term with knee ligament damage.
Kai Havertz has tested negative for Covid after fears he had become the latest to be infected – but Tuchel is so short of options he could start N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, despite both only just returning from injury.
According to Sun Sport, the Premier League remain committed that the Chelsea vs Wolverhampton Wanderers game will go ahead on Sunday unless there are additional Covid-19 concerns in the dressing room.
The Premier League are set to hold a virtual meeting on Monday with all 20 club chiefs. Despite the rising Covid-19 cases, the league are set to inform the clubs that they intend to go through with the games in the festive period.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and other senior league bosses believe that the emergency measures taken, which include a daily lateral flow of tests to enter into the training ground could be enough to contain the virus and stop its spread.
However, two teams that did go ahead with their fixtures in mid-week were Chelsea and Liverpool, despite suffering multiple Covid-19 concerns to key personnel. In fact, both these teams are also set to play their fixtures on the weekend as well.
That is unless a dressing room wave causes more problems. The Blues are travelling to the Molineux to face Bruno Lage’s side on Sunday. Having dropped two points against Everton, this is a must-win game for the Blues.
Chelsea take on Wolverhampton at Molineux for the reverse of Thomas Tuchel’s first match in charge back in January, when Nuno Espirito Santo was across the technical area. This will be the Blues’ 57th game under the Bavarian, who has a 61 per cent win rate.
The omicron variant has claimed half this weekend’s fixtures, but our last Premier League action before Christmas is the first of two away matches for the Londoners in league and cup that will not be broadcast live in the UK.
The Wolves have huffed and puffed at times this season – eight of their top-flight outings have ended 1-0 either way, and they have notched two goals in their past seven matches.
The last few games have been no fairy tale for the European champions either, but Thomas Tuchel is certain effort will lead to output as his Covid-depleted team aim to recover ground lost over the past few weeks.
The Blues have returned triumphant from seven of the past eight away days on a Sunday in the league, while the hosts have lost their last three at home on that day of the week.