Chelsea CHE Lukaku (Pen 56', 58')
2-2 FT
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Wolves WOL Trincão (79'), Coady (90+7)
Premier League Gameweek 36
May 7, 2022 KO: 14:00

Chelsea - Wolves

Stamford Bridge London
Referee: Peter Bankes
Lukaku (Pen) 56'  
Lukaku 58'  
  79' Trincão
  90+7 Coady

Match preview

Kante out again? - How Chelsea could line up against Wolves

Thomas Tuchel's side need a result against a struggling Wolves outfit to ensure they don't fall into the clutches of Arsenal and Tottenham.

Chelsea host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday with their place in next season's Champions League still not secured.

Thomas Tuchel's side have looked nailed on favourites to finish third for almost the entire season, but recent defeats to Arsenal and Everton have seen them slip back towards the chasing pack.

In fact, Chelsea are now just three points ahead of Arsenal in fourth having played the same number of matches. So, with four games left of the season the Blues are far from guaranteed a spot in Europe's elite club competition.

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Tottenham are five points behind Chelsea so the odds are still in Tuchel's favour, but a win over Wolves is crucial.

Despite a very promising start to the season, Bruno Lage's team have lost seven of their past 10 games and have seen their own European charge falter and fade away. They looked as though they could challenge for the top four at the start of 2022, but that's now a distant memory.

Chelsea have dropped points to Manchester United and the aforementioned Arsenal and Everton recently, all of whom were in poor form like Wolves. So, Tuchel will need a reaction from his players to ensure the same thing doesn't happen again.

Tuchel has confirmed that Kante and Jorginho are both out of the game, meaning Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be handed starts. Kovacic and Jorginho could only manage 45 minutes each against Everton last time out while Loftus-Cheek put in an impressive display at Goodison Park.

As for the rest of the team, Cesar Azpilicueta might be dropped following his mistake that cost the Blues against Everton, which came shortly after he conceded a penalty against Arsenal. Trevoh Chalobah could take his place.

Christian Pulisic could also be handed a start to give Timo Werner a rest after a busy run in the side. Mason Mount has also played a lot of football recently, but it's almost at the stage where he can't be dropped due to his importance to Chelsea.

Romelu Lukaku wasn't even brought off the bench when Chelsea needed a goal against Everton so he's unlikely to start.

Chelsea's Potential Starting XI vs Wolves

Match statistics

Chelsea
Statistics
Wolves
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
14
10
Draws
1
1
Losses
5
9
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
38
24
Goals Per Game
1.90
1.20
More > 2.5 Goals
10
9
More > 3 Goals
8
3
Scored First in a Match
14
12
Scored Both Halves
6
4
Won More > 1 Goal
6
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
20
19
Did Not Score
2
8
Both Teams Scored
9
6
Kept Clean Sheet
10
7
Won Without Conceding
9
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
16
11
Shots on Target
5.35
3.85
Goals out of Shots
0.13
0.12
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.43
1.59
Penalties
0.05
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.50
0.35
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
9.20
13
Shots on Target Conceded
3.06
4.58
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
14
10
Yellow Cards
1.60
1.40
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

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In suspension danger

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