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Match Thread: Chelsea vs Wolves


The Crunch Game

By Wolves
July 26 2020

So... the final game of the 2019-20 Premier League season, and Wolves travel to Stamford Bridge for a game which has much riding on the result for both teams.

 

Wolves probably wouldn't have chosen this game as the final fixture of the season, but go into it knowing that a win will definitely see them establish their highest ever finish in the PL and another season in the Europa League. On the other hand Chelsea require a point to ensure Champions League football next season. Wolves will be hoping to see their team fare better than the 5-2 drubbing they suffered from Chelsea at Molineux many moons ago at the beginning of the season. Last season at Stamford Bridge Wolves led for the majority of the game before an Eden Hazard solo goal levelled the score.

Coach Nuno Espirito Santo has declared a fully fit squad so the likely debate is whether he will play a five man midfield with Leander Dendoncker included, or play three up front again. 

Sky Sports have stepped up to the plate today by showing all the remaining games across their network, and our game will feature on Sky Sports 3 - Sky Football, kicking off - as will all matches - at 4pm.

Our game will be officiated by Stuart Atwell

 

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Match Thread: Chelsea vs Wolves
Discussion started by Wolves , 26/07/2020 10:53
Wolves
26/07/2020 10:53
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:08:26:10:58:25 by Cheshire wolf.

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 14:07
A few changes to the starting line-up for today's game. Joao Moutinho, Adama Traore and Daniel Podence all start on the bench and we start with a three man attack. And many congratulations to Matt Doherty playing his 300th game for Wolves today. Line-up:

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Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 14:25
Lots of permutations today - can we win (of course we can, will we?), how will Palace / Spurs shape up (form screams a Spurs win), will the Villa survive?

Interesting Nuno has gone for Jota and Neto from the off, I really hope Diogo has a good match (better decision making overall, fingers crossed) or just smashes one in like we know he can. Also going for Donk, we are clearly looking to support the front men more ........ we have to.

When will Traore and Dear Podence get on?

Enjoy the match all, I know need to work out precisely which channel on Sky is showing us

UTW!!



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 14:40
Afternoon Ivy
I’m hoping 7 consecutive defeats will be enough to worry Woy’s boys into a win against Spurs. I think it would be fabulous for us to finish above Spurs and Arsenal!!

Our game is on Sky Sports 3

an angry wolf
26/07/2020 14:58
I havent had sky for years, Im amazed people keep paying for it

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:00
Hi Chesh. Re Palace, yes I’ve been trying to get in the mindset that their dreadful form will stop today .... we’re off

Good luck boys, great season whatever

UTW!



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:02
I’m pleased to see Kante & Wiilian missing from Chelsea’s squad today

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:02
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I havent had sky for years, Im amazed people keep paying for it

So am I Angry, so am I 😩😳😂



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:07
Urboys look up for this game - good start at the front and back

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:08
Arsenal 1-0 Watford 👍🏻



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:10
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Ivybridge Wolf
Arsenal 1-0 Watford 👍🏻

Good!!

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:13
Spurs lead 1 - 0

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:15
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Spurs lead 1 - 0

Not good at all but predictable. We are playing okay however



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:17
Neto doing well down right wing

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:23
Yellow to Jota - stupid foul, no need for it with 67 minutes to go



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:23
Diogo gets the 1sr yellow card

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:26
Prolonged period of Chelsea possession prior to drinks break, but consistent defending by our boys

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:33
Raul clattered by Zouma & needing extensive treatment
B’mouth winning @ Everton & Watford losing 2 - 0

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:34
Jimenez and Jota not really got their passing boots on today as yet.

Donk playing well.

Jimenez on the ground after aN accidental head clash, that ay good. He’s getting the concussion check, looks okay bar the extremely raised / bruised right cheek.



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:34
Raul OK

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:39
Chelsea’s first chance over the bar from Giroud

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:44
Jonny cross needs a good clearance by Caballero for a corner. Neves blasts another shot high & wide

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:47
Alonzo, a remarkable dive wins Chelsea a very dangerous free kick - 25 yards out.

1-0

Disgraceful decision but a brilliant goal from Mount



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:47
Alonso cheats Atwell into a free kick in a dangerous spot outside our area & Mount puts it in to the corner - no chance for Rui
Chelsea 1 Wolves 0

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 15:49
Yellow card for Giroud who then scores for Chelsea - good goal

an angry wolf
26/07/2020 15:50
Game over , see you for the Europa next month

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 15:58
Zouma cheats and tries to get Jimenez sent off, disgusting, he should be booked for that pathetic cod injury. Commentators seem to think Raul should have been off, not that they are biased.

2nd goal was pretty poor defending to be honest, Saiss drawn towards the ball, I thought Coady had got it, but good centre forward play from Giroud - the swine.

What a double blow at the end. I’m sure the first goal unhinged us for those last minutes. A truly dreadful Atwell decision, and it was a terrific finish. Being picky, Neves should have cleared just before the free kick when he had the chance.

A good one to win, as they say - but so, so disappointing.

We really need our front line to hold the ball up much better and keep possession, we just haven’t done that, either Raul or Jota and Neto hasn’t had much of the play. Up until the goals I thought Donk and Neves had been playing well.

One things for sure, we can’t keep relying on second half performances / revivals etc

UTW!



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Lupinehowler
26/07/2020 15:58
After a good first 45 minutes we succumbed to two good goals although the first was shameful acting by Alonso, where is var when you need it?
Second goal was a good finish although I did think our defenders were unusually stretched and didn’t close down as well as they usually do.
All to play for and we know that our boys never give up.

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:06
Adama to replace Neto at beginning of 2nd half

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:07
Neto sacrificed for Traore.



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:08
Atwell again getting influenced by the screams & theatrics - this time it’s Giroud

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:09
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All to play for and we know that our boys never give up.

Totally agree



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an angry wolf
26/07/2020 16:10
palace level with spuds now 1-1

an angry wolf
26/07/2020 16:11
We dont have 2 goals in us against chelsea, our only hope is palace beating spurs.

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:12
Amazing, Palace can score a goal 👍🏻



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:16
Raul finding that nothing is working for him today.
Palace level with Spurs

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:19
Good effort by a Jota but easily saved. Raul just can’t get into the game, probably had too many sleepless nights with his baby daughter!!

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:20
Joao, Vinagre & DPon for Doc, Neves & Jonny, not sue taking Neves off is a good idea

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:21
Lovely approach play from Jota but a shot straight at the keeper. That’s our first piece of Wolves excitement this half aster 57 minutes.

Nuno rings the changes. Doc, Neves and Jonny off, Podence, Vinagre and Moutinho on. I suspect Nuno is not very happy with this so far in the 2nd



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Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:25
Incessant jabber from the commentary team, all about Chelsea



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:29
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Incessant jabber from the commentary team, all about Chelsea
Couldn’t agree more Ivy - I detest having to listen to Andy ‘Mr Perfect‘ Hinchcliffe!!
Man Utd get yet another penalty to take the lead at Leicester

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:36
Pulisic draws the free kick out of CC in a dangerous area. Goes for a corner - cleared by Raul

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:39
A flat effort this second half. We simply can’t get bodies up front in any numbers.

Boly stretching for a header there, the cross is just too long for him ........ arrrrrrrg



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:39
Azpilicuta pulls Jota back but no yellow card!!

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:40
Abraham & Hudson-Odoi replace Pulisic & Giroud for Chelsea.i agree with Angry - we’re relying on Palace to beat Spurs

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:46
Jota replaced by Jordan for his debut.
Pedro replaces amount for his final appearance for Chelsea

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 16:52
Spurs draw. FT there.



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:53
Moutinho & his crew celebrating a draw at Palace to finish 6th looks like we’ll finish 7th & rely on Chelsea winning FA Cup. 4 added minutes

Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 16:59
All over Chelsea win 2 - 0 and we never looked like denting their lead. A disappointing finish to our season when a draw would have sufficed. Only the second team to do a double over us this season. Another remarkable season for us all things considered.
OK on to the Europa League

wolverina
26/07/2020 17:06
Well considering what a very long season we've had, 7th is fine. Chelsea wins the cup and away we go. Just popped on to say enjoy the rest of the summer as best you can and let's hope to stay healthy.

Best wishes to you all!

Lupinehowler
26/07/2020 17:14
The initiative handed to Chelsea by some poor referee decisions.
Didn’t really face up to Chelsea for the second half but I would have taken a 7th place if it had been offered at the beginning of the season.
Nice to see Jordao get his cameo appearance.
Down to our performance in the Euro now ——- what a long wonderful season.
Take care everyone.

Andy Fincher
26/07/2020 17:14
Sadly never looked like scoring. Apart from the two goals neither did Chelsea. Great free-kick from Mount. Too many of our lads had an off day. Coady should have done better for the second goal. Neves, Raul, Jota, Neto not at their best. Best player probably Dendoncker.
Fingers crossed Chelsea win the Cup but if they do, with the Europa still to go, the new season starting on 12th Sept and qualifying matches it will be quite a hectic schedule.
For now though, let's smash the Europa League. UTW.

Ivybridge Wolf
26/07/2020 17:17
What a flat and thoroughly disappointing second half to end the season. Beaten, alas, by the better side but it turned on the critical and disgraceful Twattwell sh!te decision.

However ........ we have improved on last year and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable and at times bloody excellent season. We certainly have kept up with our first brilliant season in the top division and I’m sure Nuno and the management side will be looking for improvement for 2020/21.

It’s still not over yet either, Olympiakos a week Thursday which we go into with an away goal ...... so keeping everything crossed.

In the meantime, I will be a (very) temporary Chelsea fan next weekend to beat the @#$%&.

UTW!!



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Cheshire wolf
26/07/2020 18:20
To be mixing it with the likes of Chelsea and Spurs etc, and for football fans to be speaking so very highly of us is one hell of an achievement in itself. When we look at the money spent on players who will be joining Chelsea, never mind what they've got now, and consider that our most expensive player cost us £30 million, then I think it's exceptional that our team has given so many of the top teams a real challenge this season on top of our progress - so far - in the Europa League.

I hope Chelsea do beat Arsenal and we do get another crack at Europe as I think it will help us retain our better players. However if we really do want to be in the big time, then our rich owners are going to have to dig deep and find another Bruno Fernandez from somewhere, considering the difference he has made to Man Utd's season.

essington wolf
26/07/2020 19:16
I'm not saying we would of got anything out of the game today as we were poor but ref atwell has changed the course of the game with yet another poor decision. How this clown gets a gig in the premier God only knows, although you could say that about many refs in this league. Perhaps it's time to give the ladies a chance like in the budesliga in Germany because the men ain't up to it! We have certainly had our fair share of poor decisions again this season and it's cost us. Anyway moan over it's still been a great season and it's not over yet still a lot to play for in Europe and hopefully Chelsea will win the cup final.

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