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Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers Live Commentary, 08/10/2022

FT
3 - 0
CHE
WOL
K. Havertz (45+3)
C. Pulišić (54)
A. Broja (89)
Stamford Bridge

Commentary

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Chelsea travel to Milan next in the Champions League before taking on Aston Villa next Sunday. Wolves host Nottingham Forest next Saturday.
Chelsea secure a dominant 3-0 win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge and it was totally deserved. The London side were the better team from the first whistle, controlling possession of the ball and enjoying the better of the chances. Goals from Havertz, Mount and Broja got the job done to take Chelsea into the top four - for the time being, at least. Wolves, on the other hand, remain mired in the relegation zone.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 3-0 WOLVES
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
90' VAR checked Broja's goal for a possible offside only to eventually rule it onside.
M. Kovačić
Assist
Chelsea
89' Kovacic was the man to assist Broja for Chelsea's third goal.
A. Broja
Goal
Chelsea
89' GOAL! Broja strikes to make it 3-0 to Chelsea. The Albanian received the ball at the edge of the box, got the ball out of his feet and unleashed a superb and accurate effort from distance to beat Sa.
88' Wolves are pressing for a consolation goal but Chelsea retain a real danger going forward.
C. Chukwuemeka
C. Gallagher
Chelsea
86' Chukwuemeka replaces Gallagher to make his Chelsea debut.
H. Ziyech
K. Havertz
Chelsea
86' Ziyech comes on for Havertz.
83' Chelsea burst forward in a threatening break but Sa manages to deal with it without a problem.
83' James shows quick feet to win a free-kick after being fouled by Nunes.
80' Gallagher has a sight of goal from distance and pulls the trigger - but unlike his late winner at Palace last weekend this one fails to hit the target.
78' Chelsea's centre-back partnership of Chalobah and Koulibaly has been very comfortable here.
77' Chelsea are still very much controlling the game - they're looking for a third but at the same time protecting themselves from counter-attacks.
74' Azpilicueta is down after a late challenge from Hodge but it seems the Spaniard is fine to continue.
A. Broja
M. Mount
Chelsea
72' Broja has replaced Mount.
R. Aït Nouri
Jonny Castro
Wolverhampton Wanderers
72' Ait Nouri has replaced Jonny.
C. Campbell
Adama Traoré
Wolverhampton Wanderers
72' Campbell has come on in place of Traore.
R. James
C. Pulišić
Chelsea
72' James has come on in place of Pulisic.
70' CHANCE! Traore again is involved, this time crossing from the right to find Hwang in the box only for his effort to fail to work Arrizabalaga.
68' Chelsea are looking to take the sting out of the game by controlling possession and the tempo.
M. Kovačić
R. Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea
66' Kovacic has replaced Loftus-Cheek in Chelsea's midfield.
64' Guedes and Podence combine well before the latter unleashes a shot on goal - only for Cucurella to make a smart block.
62' Traore plays a speculative cross from the right wing but Arrizabalaga deals with it easily.
Jorginho
Yellow Card
Chelsea
60' Jorginho is booked for a cynical challenge on Nunes.
59' Wolves look like they've lost a little fighting spirit here - Chelsea are defending with resolute confidence.
Hwang Hee-Chan
Diego Costa
Wolverhampton Wanderers
56' Costa gets a standing ovation from Stamford Bridge as he's replaced by Hwang.
M. Mount
Assist
Chelsea
54' Mount performed a nice give-and-go with Pulisic to play him in.
C. Pulišić
Goal
Chelsea
54' GOAL! Chelsea make it 2-0 through Pulisic. They break superbly before the American comes off the left side, performs a nice give-and-go with Mount and then finishes neatly from a tight angle.
51' CHANCE! Chelsea still have teeth. They break smartly before Gallagher plays a smart ball into the box from the right flank - Havertz gets his head on it but is unable to direct it goalwards and the ball flies over the bar.
50' Arrizabalaga picks up a knock when coming to claim a cross but seems to have recovered completely.
48' Wolves have switched to a midfield three in search of greater solidity and they've started the second half much brighter than they finished the first.
47' Traore crosses the ball from the right side but his effort just misses Costa in the Chelsea box.
J. Hodge
Gonçalo Guedes
Wolverhampton Wanderers
46' Hodge has come on for Guedes to make his senior debut.
46' We're back underway here at Stamford Bridge.
Given the visitors' lack of goalscoring threat this season it's difficult to envision them getting back into this one - especially with the talent that Chelsea have on the bench. James, Sterling and Aubameyang are three players who'd start in their first-choice eleven and it's only because a Champions League trip to Milan is on the horizon this coming midweek that they've been rested.
Chelsea go into the break with a deserved lead. The London outfit have dominated this encounter from the first whistle and deserved to go a goal up when Mount teed up Havertz at the back post on the stroke of half-time. Wolves, on the other hand, have offered very little going forward and look uncertain in defence.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 WOLVES
M. Mount
Assist
Chelsea
45' + 3' Mount produced a superb cross from the right flank for Havertz's goal.
K. Havertz
Goal
Chelsea
45' + 3' GOAL! Havertz has put Chelsea 1-0 up. The German was the man to provide the finish - a looping header - after a superb cross from the right flank from Mount.
45' There will be two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
45' Traore gets into a dangerous position in Chelsea's half but Koulibaly is quick to cut out the nascent attack.
43' Jorginho is down for a while, receiving treatment for a knock - but it appears the Italian will be able to contine.
41' CHANCE! Wolves build well to create an opening - Traore centres the ball from the right flank to find Nunes in the area, who had timed his run from deep to perfection. But the Portuguese's headed effort fails to ask a question of Arrizabalaga.
38' Gallagher whips in a nice corner from the left side that finds Azpilicueta at the back post - but the Spaniard is unable to adjust his feet and direct an effort on goal.
35' Chelsea are continuing to push Wolves back into their own half and probing to find an opening in the final third. They're dominating this one quite completely.
33' Azpilicueta takes a long throw to find Chalobah in the box - but the centre-back is unable to work Sa.
32' CHANCE! Pulisc comes inside off the left flank before unleashing a well-taken strike from distance and forcing Sa to make a stunning save.
31' Moutinho fizzes a fine ball into Podence in a dangerous position only for Koulibaly to be live to the threat and sniff the chance out.
28' Azpilicueta is heavily involved again. This time the Spaniard drives down the right before playing a delightful cross to find Pulisic - but again the resulting effort is inaccurate.
25' CHANCE! Gallagher plays in Azpilcueta down the right flank who manages to pick out Mount inside the area - but his first-touch effort flies wide of the target.
23' Moutinho takes the free-kick that resulted from Azpilicueta's tackle - only for Arrizabalaga to deal with his effort easily.
César Azpilicueta
Yellow Card
Chelsea
22' Azpilicueta is booked for a late challenge.
20' CHANCE! Mount and Pulisic combine well before the former unleashes an effort on goal - but his right-footed drive flies just wide of the target.
18' Wolves try to respond with an attack of their own but a blunt move fizzles out with a poor and inaccurate effort from distance from Jonny.
17' CHANCE! Jorginho draws an excellent save from Sa and then, moments later, Azpilicueta's cross from the right flank flashes just wide of the far post.
16' Chelsea win a corner on the right side that Gallagher duly whips in - but Moutinho is there to clear the danger.
13' The pattern of this one has already been established - Chelsea will dominate possession while Wolves will endeavour to hold tight and break when they can.
10' Chelsea have started the game with real bite, snapping into challenges and trying to apply pressure on Wolves.
7' Wolves break smartly, led by Traore, before Costa tries to find Nunes in the box. But Gallagher is there to intercept the danger and prevent a shot from the Portuguese.
5' And now Wolves have a chance of their own. Guedes whips in a free-kick from the left side that finds Podence in the penalty area, only for the Portuguese's glancing header to fly wide of the target.
2' Chelsea start quickly and pin Wolves back into their own third. And they've come close already - a smart move from the home side culminates in Gallagher getting a shot off that flashes just wide of the far post.
1' We're underway here at Stamford Bridge.
Wolves striker Diego Costa scored 30 goals and assisted nine more in 45 Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge when he played for Chelsea, averaging a goal or assist every 95 minutes there. Among players with 1000+ minutes at Stamford Bridge in the competition, only Didier Drogba (goal or assist every 88 minutes) has a better ratio than Costa.
This will be Graham Potter’s first Premier League home match in charge of Chelsea; none of the last 14 managers to take charge of the Blues in the competition have lost their first home game (W10 D4) since Graham Rix and Ray Wilkins did so in joint-caretaker charge against Leicester in September 2000. The last permanent Blues boss to lose his first league game at Stamford Bridge was Gianluca Vialli (0-1 vs Man Utd, February 1998).
Wolves are winless in their last nine away league games against Chelsea (D4 L5), since a 2-1 victory in March 1979. They’ve failed to score in six of these nine visits to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are winless in their last four Premier League games against Wolves (D3 L1), with each of the last three meetings ending level.
Wolves have made four changes from the side that lost 2-0 to West Ham last weekend. Gomes and Otto have come in for Jonny and Ait-Nouri in defence while Traore and Costa have come in for Ruben Neves and Pedro Neto in attack.
Chelsea have made seven changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace 2-1 last weekend. Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Koulibaly and Cucurella have come in for James, Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva and Chilwell in defence while Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher and Pulisic have come in for Kovacic, Sterling and Aubameyang in midfield and attack.
WOLVES SUBS: Matija Sarkic, Rayan Ait-Nouri, Yerson Mosquera, Hugo Bueno, Joe Hodge, Connor Ronan, Chem Campbell, Hwang Hee-chan.
WOLVES (4-2-3-1): Jose Sa; Nelson Semedo, Toti Gomes, Max Kilman, Jonny Otto; Matheus Nunes, Joao Moutinho; Adama Traore, Daniel Podence, Goncalo Guedes; Diego Costa.
CHELSEA SUBS: Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Hakim Ziyech, Carney Chukwuemeka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Armando Broja.
CHELSEA (4-3-2-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevor Chalobah, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella; Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher; Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount; Kai Havertz.
Wolves come into this one sitting in the relegation zone, 18th in the Premier League. This is their first match since sacking Bruno Lage and, while they still haven't replaced the Portuguese, they'll be keen to get a result against Chelsea - even a point could help them climb out of the bottom three should results elsewhere go their way.
Chelsea come into this one fifth in the Premier League. Should results go their way this weekend, however, it's possible that they leap-frog Graham Potter's old side Brighton into the top four. They'll be keen to build on their excellent 3-0 win over Milan in the Champions League during the week.
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