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Match Thread: Chelsea vs Wolves

Striking talent

By Wolves
March 10 2019

Wolves travel to Stamford Bridge today in an attempt to complete a double over their rivals for the first time since the 1974-75 season

Nuno Espirito Santo has declared a fully fit squad (again!!) but will be without defender Ryan Bennett who serves the first of a two match ban for ten yellow cards. Romain Saiss is widely expected to drop into defence as cover for Bennett. After the five changes made for last week's game against Cardiff it will be interesting to see if Nuno simply reverts to his 'usual team' for today's game, although Rui Patricio is expected to regain his place in goal.

Michael Oliver - considered by some to be England's top referee - will officiate at today's game which will be screened live on Sky TV, kicking off at 2pm.

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Match Thread: Chelsea vs Wolves
Discussion started by Wolves , 10/03/2019 11:41
10/03/2019 11:41
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:04:05:09:53:44 by Cheshire wolf.

10/03/2019 13:15
Tough match this afternoon. I think that Chelsea have been through their dip and are on the up so we will have to be on our top game to get any positive result. Fingers crossed.

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 13:19
As expected Nuno has named his 'regular' team with Patricio returning in goal.

Line-up: Patricio, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Jonny, Moutinho, Jimenez, Jota

Subs: Ruddy, Kilman, Vinagre, Gibbs-White, Cavaleiro, Costa, Traore

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:21
Very windy at Stamford Bridge this afternoon so both teams will probably want to keep the ball down. Chelsea having the majority of the ball so far, but Wolves well organised and have had one foray forward themselves so far.

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:25
Shot from a narrow angle by Higuain brings a stop for a corner from Rui.corner cleared

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:29
Doc having to do more defending than usual but doing well so far, Saiss also settled into his role. Wolves finding it hard to find a way out of defence with the ball

10/03/2019 14:30
Hello everyone! Had a bit of sleet/snow this morning and blowing a gale - can we have February back? Hopefully we can get a win today!

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:33
Clash of heads between Coady & Saiss stopping Higuain's header, but both OK.
Raul lucky not give a pen away for h'ball.
Wolves getting chances to break out but need to get it into dangerous position quicker

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:40
Same here Wolverina!
Not sure we'll get a win but we are coping with Chelsea's considerable threat so far

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:42
Doc blocks off Hazard & gets the first yellow card of the game

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:46
Excellent play by Raul & Neves feeds Jota in great position but he inadvertently handballs it. Shame

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 14:52
Fantastic support from the Wolves fans - as always loud &'proud.
Good defence by Saiss to deny Higuain. Wolves gradually getting more into the game. Raul Jimenez is really in the thick of things again.
Surprised to hear the half time whistle!! That went very quickly
Chelsea 0 Wolves 0

10/03/2019 14:56
Plowing a lonely furrow Cheshire.
Watching it , all you could hear was our fans. Not much fun to see, but very effective. If they get frustrated they could make mistakes. Didn’t expect much from this one but you never know.

Andy Fincher
10/03/2019 14:58
Looking well organized so far. Rui not been tested at all.

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:11
Agreed Andy - only problem is neither has Kepa!!
No changes to either team as the 2nd half gets underway
Jimenez & Jota link up well on left wing but are very quickly surrounded

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:13
Hazard pulled down by Doc on the edge of our area. Luiz's free kick hits the wall & corner cleared

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:17
Raul Jimenez!!!!!!
Fed by Jota again
Chelsea 0 Wolves 1

10/03/2019 15:18

10/03/2019 15:19
Get in!

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:21
Loftus-Cheek replaces Jovacic
Wolves break again but no luck this time
Pedro' shot put over the bar by Rui

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:23
Raul nearly gets an own goal from corner!
Hudson-Odoi replaces Pedro

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:27
Leander has had a good game defending well but also linking up well with Raul
Saiss catches Hazard & gets a yellow card

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:30
Chelsea substitutions not having an impact so far. Wolves are very well organised in defence but there isn't much support available to the front two when they break with the ball

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:33
Chelsea,Ake their final substitution, bringing Willian on for Jorginho. Soft free kick given against Leander on edge of area but cleared

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:38
Yellow card for Willy Boly for his challenge on Loftus-Cheek. Free kick put over the bar off the wall.
Fifteen minutes plus added time to play and Wolves hanging on a onebgoal lead.

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:39
Rudiger takes out Jota & gets a yellow card

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:41
Jota sticks his arm in the face of Luik & gets a yellow card

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:42
Jota replaced by MGW

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:45
Good break by MGW & Raul, but noticeable that all our other players stayed back! Six minutes plus AT to play

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:49
Willian brings out the first real save by Rui. Good block from Saiss then ball wasted by Emerson.
Adama replaces our goal scorer Raul

10/03/2019 15:51
Come on, Adama - give us another one!

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:52
Four minutes added time to be played.

10/03/2019 15:53

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:54
Chelsea get away with a push on Leander then Hazard scores a typical Hazard goal with Rui unsighted
Chelsea 1 Wolves 1

10/03/2019 15:55
Bloody referees!

10/03/2019 15:56
Whistle please, ref!

10/03/2019 15:57
Well, would have settled for a point before kick-off, but bit disappointed we only hung on till the 92nd minute!

10/03/2019 15:57
So close. But disappointed with a draw. Wow

Cheshire wolf
10/03/2019 15:58
All over & Sarri isn't a happy man! Good game by Wolves and unfortunate to concede so late, but we would have taken a point all day long, taking four points from them this season!
That puts us a point clear of Watford in 7th place

Chelsea 1 Wolves 1

10/03/2019 15:58
That is a good result.

Andy Fincher
10/03/2019 16:06
Good result. Maybe a little fortunate the way the ball went in for our goal but a great break, good ball from Neves and good link up play from Raul and Jota who continue to look as though they are developing a good understanding. I think Saiss deserves a word too, he did well in Bennett's absence.

10/03/2019 16:36
Good result, and its good to see we can grind it out when we need to.
The lads should be proud

10/03/2019 18:49
I think we were lucky to get the draw, Doc should have been sent off for two yellows and perhaps lucky not to give a pen away but when you consider the quality of the opposition it's a great result and could even have won it.

Andy Fincher
10/03/2019 19:01
To be fair I think a draw was probably a fair result, Chelsea obviously having more possession but we defended well. As good a shot as Hazard's was for their goal, if the referee had spotted the foul on Dendoncker he would have given a free-kick to Wolves and not the corner from which Chelsea scored.

Ivybridge Wolf
11/03/2019 15:01
An unusual perfromance from Wolves which nearly got us the maximum points. Some resolute, high energy defending which required a great deal of fitness and mental strength from our players, however we lacked the quantity of marauding breaks we've been used to seeing. Overall a fantastic 3 points, thwarted by a very good Hazard strike. Having said that I thought after all that concentration, Traore swtiched off somewhat in the lead up to the goal and gave Hazard the space he need to set himself up.

Meanwhile up the other end, deapite the general lack of chances, when it mattered the Jota - Jiminez show did us proud again. A scuffed, scruffy goal but the interplay to make the chance was just brilliant!

All of our players put their upmost into that match - congratulations to them.

Anybody see the Sarri interview afterwards on MOTD .... what a bore!


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