Our last Premier League game of the season is nearly upon us, and ahead of our visit from the West Midlands side who are having a good season themselves, we bring you all the key facts and figures…
Chelsea vs Wolves head-to-head record
Chelsea are seeking to extend our unbeaten home run in all competitions against Wolves to nine games since our last defeat 41 years ago.
Ron Harris, Ray Wilkins and Clive Walker were playing the last time Wolves won at Stamford Bridge in March 1979, a few weeks before we were relegated to the old Second Division. Tommy Langley opened the scoring but goals from John Richards and Bill Rafferty secured a 2-1 win for the visitors.
The Blues are seeking a first league double against Wolves since 2011/12.
The reverse fixture at Molineux in September saw the Blues inflict Wolves’ first home defeat of the season. Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick as well as scoring an own-goal. Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Wolves Patrick Cutrone completed the scoring. 5-2 remains Wolves’ biggest league defeat of the season.
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Biggest league win for each team
Wolves 8-1 Chelsea – 26/09/1953
Wolves 0-5 Chelsea – 20/09/2003
Wolves’ biggest win at Stamford Bridge is 5-1 in 1959/60
Last season’s corresponding fixture
CHELSEA 1 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1
Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 10.03.19, 2.05pm
Chelsea (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), RUdiger, David Luiz, Emerson; KantE, Jorginho (Willian 71), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 56); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 61), Higuain, Hazard.
Unused subs: Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Giroud.
Head coach: Maurizio Sarri
Booked: RUdiger 77
Scorers Hazard 90+2
Wolverhampton Wanderers (5-3-2): Rui Patricio; Doherty, Saiss, Coady (c), Boly, Jonny; Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho; Jimenez (Traore 88), Jota (Gibbs-White 81)
Unused subs: Ruddy, Vinagre, Kilman, Cavaleiro, Costa.
Head coach: Nuno Espirito Santo
Booked: Doherty 36, Saiss 66, Boly 75, Jota 79
Scorer: Jimenez 56
Referee: Michael Oliver
Chelsea are aiming to win six consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since October-December 2017 when we achieved seven in a row when Antonio Conte was in charge.
Frank Lampard’s side have yet to lose at home in the Premier League when we’ve taken the lead (10 wins, three draws).
Twenty-six of Chelsea’s 67 league goals this season have been scored by players aged 22 or younger, compared to three last season and none in 2017/18.
In scoring his 15th league goal of the season against Liverpool, Tammy Abraham has become Chelsea’s youngest player to score that number in the Premier League era (22 years, 294 days). Diego Costa was the previous youngest (26 years, 95 days) followed by Eden Hazard (26 years, 108 days).
Abraham is the first homegrown to score 15 league goals in a season since Clive Walker, who managed 16 in 1981/82 in Division Two. In the top flight, the last was Tommy Langley (15) in 1978/79.
The last homegrown before Tammy Abraham to score 17 goals in a top-flight season in all competitions was Peter Osgood who also scored 17 in 1972/73.
Olivier Giroud has scored seven goals in his nine Premier League starts in 2020. Giroud has now become equal-third top French scorer in the Premier League with 85 goals (with Louis Saha) and behind Nicolas Anelka (125) and Thierry Henry (175).
NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME, GIROUD FINDS THE LIVERPOOL NET
Premier League scorers
Abraham 15, Pulisic 9, Willian 9 (4 pens), Giroud 7, Mount 6, Alonso 4, Jorginho 4 (3 pens), Kante 3, Azpilicueta 2, Rudiger 2, Barkley 1, Batshuayi 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kovacic 1, Pedro 1, Tomori 1
Chelsea need two goals to reach a century for the season in all competitions.
If selected, Willian will make his 250th start for the club in all competitions.
Mason Mount made his 50th appearance for Chelsea at Liverpool and in doing so became the first Blues homegrown to make his first team debut and complete a half century of games in the same season.
This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances: Coady 37, Dendoncker 37, Neves 37, Jimenez 37, Moutinho 37, Rui Patricio 37
Most goals: Jimenez 17, Jota 7, three on 4
Most assists: Traore 9, Jimenez 6, Moutinho 6
Most clean sheets: Rui Patricio 13
Victory for Wolves would guarantee them sixth place this season, their highest top-flight finish since the 1979/80 campaign (also sixth).
Sunday will be Wolves’ 57th game this term and comes one year and one day after their first competitive game of the season against Northern Ireland side Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round. They still have to face Olympiacos at Molineux in two weeks in the second leg of their round of 16 tie, 147 days after the first leg ended 1-1.
Wolves have taken the lead in 17 Premier League games this season and gone on to win 15 of them, drawing the other two.
Six Wolves players have played in every Premier League game this season and 11 have been involved in at least 30 of their 37 matches.
Wolves’ Raul Jimenez has scored eight match-winning goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.
WOLVES’ RAUL JIMENEZ CELEBRATING A GOAL EARLIER IN THE SEASON
Jimenez has become the first Wolves player to score 17 goals in a top-flight season since John Richards, also 17, in 1975/76. In all competitions he has scored 26 goals for Wolves in 2019/20 – the last player to score more in a season for the club was Steve Bull in 1990/91 (27 goals).
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have lost eight league games this season – the last time Wolves ended a top-flight season with fewer than 10 defeats was in 1958/59 when they last won Division One.
Wolves have lost four away Premier League games this season. Only champions Liverpool (three) have lost fewer matches on the road this campaign.
Wolves have kept nine clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League games, having kept just four shut-outs in their opening 24 matches of this campaign.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have the fifth-best away record in the top-flight with 28 points from their 18 games.
Premier League scorers
Jimenez 17 (4 pens), Jota 7, Dendoncker 4, Doherty 4, Traore 4, Neto 3, Cutrone 2, Jonny 2, Neves 2, Saiss 2, Moutinho 1, Podence 1, own-goals 2
Nuno Espirito Santo’s managerial record against Chelsea
Wolves’ last Premier League game
Monday 20 July
Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0
Team 3-4-2-1: Rui Patricio; Dendoncker, Coady (c), Boly; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Traore (Neto 81), Podence (Jota 72); Jimenez
Scorers: Podence 41, Otto 68
Booked: Coady, Traore
There are no suspensions.
Referee and VAR
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Simon Hooper
Stuart Attwell is the official for his second Blues game since the restart. He was the official for our home win against Man City in June. The others this term were Arsenal (h), Brighton (a) and Sheffield Utd (h) that all ended in draws