Chelsea FC vs Wolves LIVE! Premier League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today

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A new era dawns at Stamford Bridge as Thomas Tuchel’s side return to Premier League action this afternoon.

Todd Boehly is expected to be in attendance today, hours after official confirmation from Chelsea that his consortium have agreed a £4.25billion deal to purchase the club from Roman Abramovich, subject to Government approval.

Blues stars will hope to put on a show for their prospective new owners and regain some momentum ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final, having flattered to deceive of late and looked somewhat fatigued since their agonising Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

After bouncing back from defeat at Arsenal with an unconvincing win against West Ham, Tuchel’s side were bested by former boss Frank Lampard and struggling Everton last weekend to further loosen their grip on third place, with the Gunners and Tottenham now just three and five points adrift respectively.

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Wolves could offer the perfect chance to bounce back, however, with the visitors having lost seven of their last 10 matches – including three in a row without scoring – to greatly damage their bid for European qualification.

They have not won away at Chelsea since 1979, while head coach Bruno Lage is absent today after testing positive for Covid-19.

Follow Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, with expert analysis from James Robson at Stamford Bridge!

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The calm before the storm at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

It was a gorgeous sunny day for the most part in London yesterday, but overcast in the capital this afternoon with the floodlights already shining.

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Todd Boehly expected at Stamford Bridge today

As mentioned, Todd Boehly is expected to be at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

In the early hours of this morning, Chelsea released an official statement to confirm that the consortium fronted by the American billionaire, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss had agreed a deal worth around £4.25billion to purchase the club from Roman Abramovich.

The takeover remains subject to Government approval and is expected to be officially completed by the end of this month.

Chelsea’s statement read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for a new ownership group, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss, to acquire the Club.

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“Of the total investment being made, £2.5bn will be applied to purchase the shares in the Club and such proceeds will be deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention to donate 100% to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich. UK Government approval will be required for the proceeds to be transferred from the frozen UK bank account.

“In addition, the proposed new owners will commit £1.75bn in further investment for the benefit of the Club. This includes investments in Stamford Bridge, the Academy, the Women’s Team and Kingsmeadow and continued funding for the Chelsea Foundation.

“The sale is expected to complete in late May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. More details will be provided at that time.”

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Wolves boss Lage absent after positive Covid test

Wolves will be without head coach Bruno Lage at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

The Portuguese boss tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and hasn’t travelled with his squad to west London.

Lage will lead the team from home instead, staying in close contact with brother and senior professional development coach Luis Nascimento as well as fellow coaches Tony Roberts, Alex Silva, Carlos Cachada and Jhony Conceicao.

“They’ll be Alex, Jhony, Carlos and Luis will be in contact with the manager – I’m sure he’ll be bellowing down his ear!” goalkeeping coach Roberts said on Friday.

“We’ll try and get the information across but he’s been there this week. We’ve relayed a lot of messages already over the week.

“He’ll be watching it on TV and getting the messages over to us. It’s been done before and won’t be a problem.

“The boys have done really well and know the plan. It’s just whether we can execute it now and get a good performance.”

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Chelsea vs Wolves prediction

The Blues have struggled at home this season but Wolves are on a bad run of their own and Chelsea are good bets to bounce back with a win at the Bridge.

Chelsea to win, 2-0.

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Wolves team news – Podence to return? No Semedo or Kilman

For Wolves, Daniel Podence is expected to return soon having been sidelined for the last month with a foot injury.

However, defenders Nelson Semedo (hamstring) and Max Kilman (ankle) will miss the remainder of the season.

Predicted Wolves XI (3-4-3): Sa; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Hwang, Jimenez, Neto

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Chelsea team news: Jorginho and Kante out… Lukaku to start?

Chelsea will be without key midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante this afternoon.

Kante has still not recovered from the knock he sustained in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United, while Jorginho was substituted at half-time in the loss against Everton last weekend.

Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek should line up as Chelsea’s starting midfield pairing at Stamford Bridge instead.

Elsewhere, Callum Hudson-Odoi (back) remains sidelined, as does long-term absentee Ben Chilwell. Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley will both hope to play some part after illness, meanwhile.

Up front, Romelu Lukaku could start after not even being brought off the bench as Chelsea chased in vain for a late equaliser on Merseyside last time out.

Predicted Chelsea XI (3-4-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Mount.

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Where to watch Chelsea vs Wolves

TV channel: Today’s match will not be televised live in the UK, due to 3pm blackout restrictions.

However, highlights are available on Match of the Day from 10:20pm tonight on BBC One.

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Welcome to Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE coverage!

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE Premier League coverage as a hectic season slowly reaches an exciting conclusion.

Today we’re in west London as Chelsea look to bounce back from a lethargic run that has loosened their grip on third place and rediscover some valuable momentum ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup final showdown with Liverpool at Wembley.

Todd Boehly is expected to be in attendance today after it was confirmed that his consortium have won the race to buy the club from Roman Abramovich in a £4.25billion deal, subject to Government approval.

Bruno Lage’s Wolves have lost all of their last three matches without scoring – seven out of 10 overall – to damage their European bid and are without a win on this ground since way back in 1979.

Stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live updates after kick-off at 3pm BST, with expert analysis from James Robson at Stamford Bridge.

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