CHELSEA 2-0 WOLVES | MOUNT  GIROUD 
Chelsea XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Pulisic, Giroud, Mount
Wolves XI: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Dendoncker, Jonny, Neto, Jimenez, Jota
- Chelsea will qualify for the Champions League by avoiding defeat
- If Chelsea lose, they will still qualify if Manchester United beat Leicester
- Mason Mount bends a fine free-kick past Rui Patricio
- Olivier Giroud grabs a second in first-half stoppage-time
CHELSEA 2-0 WOLVES
HT: Chelsea look on course for Champions League football. Remember, they only need a draw today.
Other scores include: Arsenal 3-1 Watford, Burnley 1-1 Brighton, Chelsea 2-0 Wolves, Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham, Everton 1-2 Bournemouth, Leicester 0-0 Man Utd, Man City 2-0 Norwich, Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool, Southampton 0-1 Sheffield United, West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa.
As things stand: Top four: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd. Fifth and sixth: Leicester, Tottenham. Relegation: Bournemouth, Watford, Norwich.
CHELSEA 2-0 WOLVES | GIROUD
48: GOAL! Would you believe. Like London busses at Stamford Bridge…
After a painfully quiet first half, Chelsea have scored TWICE in first-half stoppage-time. Christian Pulisic finds Mason Mount and his threaded pass is perfect for Olivier Giroud to round the goalkeeper and hooks it in.
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45: GOAL! Quality at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount has scored the goal that will likely see Chelsea playing Champions League football next season.
The youngster sets the ball down and curls it beautifully over the wall and beyond goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Big goal, big moment.
41: Best chance of the game. Mason Mounts cross finds Olivier Giroud in the middle and he heads over. I said it was the best chance not that it was any good…
38: Zero shots on target…
35: Watford are saying goodbye to their Premier League status. They trail Arsenal 3-0 and look certain to be relegated. I suspect many will be saying ‘shouldn’t have sacked Nigel Pearson’ but I suppose it is what it is. Interesting side-note is that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has his second of the afternoon and is now one behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
30: Update… there is no update. There’s no rhythm or fluency to either sides play. Both teams like playing on the counter and that’s not really yielded any opportunities. Raul Jimenez and Kurt Zouma on the deck after an aerial clash.
25: Nothing much happening at Stamford Bridge as the players have a quick drinks break.
22: Just the faint whiff of openings at either end. Diogo Jota outmuscles Cesar Azpilicueta beauty Mateo Kovacic clears the danger. Olivier Giroud is then a fraction away from meeting Christian Pulisic’s through pass.
Booked! Jota booked for a foul on Azpilicueta.
18: As things stand: Top four: Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea. Fifth and sixth: Leicester, Tottenham. Relegation: Norwich, Watford, Bournemouth.
15: Relegation update: Watford are trailing 1-0 to Arsenal and Aston Villa are goalless with West Ham as we speak. The big news, however, is that Bournemouth are winning against Everton courtesy of a Josh King penalty.
12: Still no goals between Leicester and Manchester United. No goals here either but Chelsea are playing with a great tempo. Christian Pulisic draws the free-kick and Mason Mount whips the ball over to Reece James, who glances his header over.
8: Matt Doherty, on his 300th appearance for the club, wins a 50/50 aerial duel with Marcos Alonso before streaking through. He then strides past Antonio Rudiger but Kurt Zouma makes the important interception and the corner comes to nothing.
5: A reasonable enough start from the visitors. And the hosts actually. Raul Jimenez looks to play a ball through for Diogo Jota but the pass is poor.
Scores from elsewhere. Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool, Arsenal 1-0 Watford.
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1: PEEP! And we’re underway in the Premier League finale. Remember, a point will be enough for Chelsea this afternoon. Oh… and new signing Timo Werner is in the stands. Mo pressure, lads!
Just a choice…
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard didn’t really feel like explaining his decision to drop the club’s first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
“It’s just a choice. Kepa has had some difficult times so Wily comes in,” Lampard said.
So… well I guess that’s that. No injury.
I’ve seen the Blues linked with Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak who, certainly in my mind, is the best stopper in world football. £110million mind…
Here are the relegation permutations. I’ve done the maths and it’s not looking good for Bournemouth. Obviously this doesn’t involve either of these clubs in today’s blog but knowledge is power and all that…
Aston Villa will remain a Premier League club simply by matching Watford’s result against Arsenal. That is, of course, unless Bournemouth win at Everton.
Watford’s situation is a little more complicated. IF Aston Villa win at West Ham then the Hornets need to better their result by two or more goals. Against Arsenal.
Also, a win will do if Aston Villa draw. And a draw will be enough of Villa lose.
Bournemouth will stay up if they win AND both Villa and Watford lose. End of.
Champions League battle
Time to use that word again. Permutations. Can’t stand it.
Anyway, what do Leicester, Manchester United and Chelsea need to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It’s fairly simple for Chelsea. They simply have to avoid defeat. BUT… if they lose then they will still qualify if Manchester United beat Leicester.
Manchester United, once again, just need to avoid defeat. If they lose… they will still qualify if Wolves beat Chelsea.
And for the Foxes… they will secure a top-four finish if they win today. A draw is only good enough if Chelsea lose.
Team news – Chelsea
Frank Lampard DROPS club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga for their most important match of the season. Quite a statement that. In comes Willy Caballero.
There’s also a start for US international Christian Pulisic after his superb cameo against Liverpool on Wednesday. He’s in for the injured Willian.
No sign of N’Golo Kante in the matchday squad.
Team news – Wolves
Nuno Espirito Santo makes three changes.
The Portuguese tactician brings in Romain Saiss, Pedro Neto and Diogo Jota. Joao Moutinho, Daniel Podence and Adama Traore to the bench.
Chelsea XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Pulisic, Giroud, Mount.
Subs: Kepa, Christensen, Emerson, Tomori, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.
Wolves XI: Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Dendoncker, Jonny, Neto, Jimenez, Jota.
Subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Buur, Vinagre, Jordao, Gibbs-White, Moutinho, Traore, Podence.
Everything. Everything is on. And it’s all on the television.
Arsenal vs Watford, Burnley vs Brighton, Chelsea vs Wolves, Crystal Palace vs Tottenham, Everton vs Bournemouth, Leicester vs Manchester United, Manchester City vs Norwich, Newcastle vs Liverpool. Southampton vs Sheffield United and West Ham vs Aston Villa.
Most pointless? Probably Manchester City vs Norwich. Perhaps the Liverpool clash at St James’ Park. Oh… and Burnley against Brighton.
Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Wolves from Stamford Bridge.
Well… we’ve reached the final day of the season.
At one point I’d have bet the mortgage that I don’t have on the season being declared null and void.
But two months on we finally have our Super Sunday. C’mon, we’ve earned it.
The title was decided in about December, but there’s still plenty up for grabs at either end of the table. Champions League, Europa League and relegation battles galore.
I’ll go into that in a little more depth shortly. But let’s have the team news and line ups first, shall we?
Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE: Score and Premier League latest updates
CHELSEA vs WOLVES | TEAM NEWS
Chelsea star N’Golo Kante could return from a five-match absence having recovered from a hamstring injury.
Christian Pulisic is pushing to start in today’s Premier League finale having made a superb impact against champions Liverpool on Wednesday.
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no new injury concerns with Matt Doherty expected to make his 300th appearance for the club.
Published at Sun, 26 Jul 2020 15:58:00 +0000