A new era dawns at Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel’s side return to Premier League action this afternoon.
Todd Boehly is expected to be in attendance today, hours after official confirmation from Chelsea that his consortium have agreed a £4.25billion deal to purchase the club from Roman Abramovich, subject to Government approval.
Blues stars will hope to put on a show for their prospective new owners and regain some momentum ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final, having flattered to deceive of late and looked somewhat fatigued since their agonising Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.
After bouncing back from defeat at Arsenal with an unconvincing win against West Ham, Tuchel’s side were bested by former boss Frank Lampard and struggling Everton last weekend to further loosen their grip on third place, with the Gunners and Tottenham now just three and five points adrift respectively.
Wolves could offer the perfect chance to bounce back, however, with the visitors having lost seven of their last 10 matches – including three in a row without scoring – to greatly damage their bid for European qualification. They have not won away at Chelsea since 1979.
Follow Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, with expert analysis from James Robson at Stamford Bridge!
Chelsea vs Wolves prediction
The Blues have struggled at home this season but Wolves are on a bad run of their own and Chelsea are good bets to bounce back with a win at the Bridge.
Chelsea to win, 2-0.
Wolves team news – Podence to return? No Semedo or Kilman
For Wolves, Daniel Podence is expected to return soon having been sidelined for the last month with a foot injury.
However, defenders Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Max Kilman (ankle) will miss the remainder of the season.
Predicted Wolves XI (3-4-3): Sa; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Hwang, Jimenez, Neto
Chelsea team news: Jorginho and Kante out… Lukaku to start?
Chelsea will be without key midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante this afternoon.
Kante has still not recovered from the knock he sustained in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United, while Jorginho was substituted at half-time in the loss against Everton last weekend.
Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek should line up as Chelsea’s starting midfield pairing at Stamford Bridge instead.
Elsewhere, Callum Hudson-Odoi (back) remains sidelined, as does long-term absentee Ben Chilwell. Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley will both hope to play some part after illness, meanwhile.
Up front, Romelu Lukaku could start after not even being brought off the bench as Chelsea chased in vain for a late equaliser on Merseyside last time out.
Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Mount.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Wolves
TV channel: Today’s match will not be televised live in the UK, due to 3pm blackout restrictions.
However, highlights are available on Match of the Day from 10:20pm tonight on BBC One.
Welcome to Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE coverage!
Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE Premier League coverage as a hectic season slowly reaches an exciting conclusion.
Today we’re in west London as Chelsea look to bounce back from a lethargic run that has loosened their grip on third place and rediscover some valuable momentum ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final showdown with Liverpool at Wembley.
Todd Boehly is expected to be in attendance today after it was confirmed that his consortium have won the race to buy the club from Roman Abramovich in a £4.25billion deal, subject to Government approval.
Bruno Lage’s Wolves have lost all of their last three matches without scoring – seven out of 10 overall – to damage their European bid and are without a win on this ground since way back in 1979.
Stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live updates after kick-off at 3pm BST, with expert analysis from James Robson at Stamford Bridge.