4 minutes: A beautiful run from Nelson Semedo, who tips his well beyond mount, performs a one-two with Dendoncker, whose first-time backheel return go was actually excellent, after which has a shot from 20 yards, which deflects extensive. Saiss heads the nook over the bar.
3 minutes: Thiago Silva offers the ball away and Neto is launched down the left, however the Brazilian will get again to dam the cross and snuff out the hazard.
1 min: Peeep! Chelsea get the sport beneath manner, with an aimless and pointless hoik down the precise.
Proper then, the gamers are out and prepared for motion. Soccer imminent!
If an empty stadium stays a bit miserable, an empty stadium placing on a pre-match mild present to astound non-existent followers is sadder nonetheless. That’s what’s happening in Molineux presently, because the gamers collect within the tunnel.
And right here’s Nuno Espirito Santo, who’s requested concerning the absence of Moutinho and Traore::
Joao Moutinho is suspended, and Adama is on the bench. That is what the squad is for. The standard, expertise and expertise of Moutinho is necessary however Ruben can be crucial. I don’t see a problem. It’s not about responding [to defeat at the weekend] as a result of in opposition to Villa we did an excellent sport. It’s a brand new problem, a really totally different opponent, a gifted squad. What I need is to compete, to play a very good sport and to carry out properly.
Frank Lampard has had a chat with the TV people:
Pulisic naturally brings us some width, the flexibility to go previous folks, so I’m happy. He’s had a couple of points with a hamstring however he’s educated for a couple of days and he’s straight again in. In the previous few seasons Liverpool and Man Metropolis have pulled away, however this yr, albeit early days, it appears barely totally different. However I’m not involved with that, I simply need to win to get us again on observe.
Seems to be like a excellent night for soccer in Wolverhampton. Forecasters predict 7C, 8mph winds and no rain tonight.
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Right here’s PA Media’s tackle the groups:
Ruben Neves returned for Wolves to interchange the suspended Joao Moutinho for the go to of Chelsea. Willy Boly additionally got here in for Adama Traore for the Premier League conflict at Molineux. Frank Lampard made one change for the guests with Christian Pulisic beginning rather than Mateo Kovacic, who dropped to the bench.
Staff information is in, and these are tonight’s line-ups:
Wolverhampton: Rui Patricio, Boly, Coady, Saiss, Nelson Semedo, Dendoncker, Neves, Marcal, Pedro Neto, Silva, Daniel Podence. Subs: Hoever, Ait Nouri, Vitinha, Ruddy, Traore, Kilman, Otasowie.
Chelsea: Mendy, James, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Havertz, Kante, Mount, Pulisic, Giroud, Werner. Subs: Kepa, Rudiger, Jorginho, Abraham, Kovacic, Gilmour, Azpilicueta.
Referee: Stuart Attwell.
Right here’s an odd truth I observed whereas researching this sport: final season solely two Premier League groups received, on common, greater than 1.65 factors per away sport: Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis. The season earlier than three groups managed it – that pair plus Tottenham. This season that quantity is presently being exceeded by Manchester United, Leicester, Spurs, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Southampton, West Ham and Everton. Eight groups! That’s two greater than the quantity (six, maths followers) which can be managing it at residence, and achieved regardless of Liverpool and Metropolis having the 16th and ninth greatest away data within the division respectively – had both of them carried out to anyplace close to their regular excessive requirements on the street this season there can be 10 sides, half your complete division, acting on their travels at a stage usually solely reached by the very elite.
I’ll admit, it’s not a statistic that has an amazing bearing on this sport, however I thought of it curious and needed to inform somebody about it.
One other factor: roughly 8% of all league video games end goalless, however solely 4 of the 109 matches performed by Chelsea and Wolves, a piffling 3.7%, have carried out so – and of these one was performed in 1911, and one other in 1925. There have been practically as many 5-2 wins on this fixture (three) as 0-0 attracts. If previous outcomes are any indicator (and so they’re not, actually, however bear with me) it’s extra possible that one in all these sides will rating six (which has occurred give instances) than each will rating none. Solely about 0.8% of league matches finish 3-3, a way more unlikely scoreline than 0-0 – besides in video games between Chelsea and Wolves, when 4.6% of all video games have ended with six objectives shared equally.
As I’m certain you’ll agree, that is very thrilling. As is the truth that a Chelsea win would take them, not less than briefly, high of the desk, whereas a Wolves win would take them to ninth. So let’s hunker down and stay up for sharing a warming night/morning/whatever-it-is-where-you-are around the Premier League brazier. Welcome! Right here’s a Chelsea-focused kind-of-preview factor from yesterday:
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