[[LIVESTREAMs!]]Chelsea vs Wolves LIVE Coverage ON EPL TV Channel 24 December 2023
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea Live Football Streaming For Premier League 2023-24 Match: After suffering two consecutive defeats, Chelsea returned to winning ways in their last Premier League fixture getting the better of Sheffield United at home.
The visitors were able to put up a neck-and-neck battle in the first 45 minutes. They ultimately had to surrender to Chelsea, conceding two back-to-back goals early in the second half.
On the back of their dominant win, Chelsea will take a trip to Wolverhampton this weekend. The Premier League clash between Wolves and Chelsea will be held at the Molineux Stadium on December 24. This is the first time since 1995 that the English league is hosting a match on Christmas Eve.
Despite overcoming Sheffield United in style, Chelsea have yet to secure a comfortable place in the Premier League table this season. They have managed only six victories in 16 league matches and are currently reeling at the 10th spot in the standings. The situation is quite the same for the Wolves, who have won 5 games this season and are now 13th in the table. They will enter the upcoming home fixture against Chelsea after losing the last match to West Ham United by a three-goal margin. Wolverhampton Wanderers were able to show their strength in the attacking third but lacked accuracy.
The Premier League returns to the fold with another set of matches this weekend as Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea side in an important clash at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday.
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Chelsea are currently in 10th place in the Premier League standings and have not been at their best so far this season. The Blues defeated Newcastle United on penalties in the EFL Cup in their previous game and will look to take it up a notch this weekend.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, on the other hand, are in 13th place in the league table at the moment and have been inconsistent this season. The home side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham United last week and will need to work hard to bounce back in this fixture.
Wolves will take on Chelsea for only the second match to be played on Christmas Eve in the Premier League era, with both sides in need of a strong finish to 2023.
Based on the unpredictable form shown by both Wolves and Chelsea so far this season, the clash at Molineux – the final top-flight match before Christmas – looks like one of the trickiest festive fixtures to predict.
The last EPL match to be played on December 24 was back in 1995 when Leeds United recorded a famous 3-1 win over rivals and eventual double winners Manchester United at Elland Road that is still fondly remembered by their supporters.
This year’s Premier League match on Sunday gives Wolves and Chelsea an opportunity to produce a magical and merry memorable moment for their own fans to savour.
Having lost their last three Premier League away matches, the mood at Chelsea could have been much worse coming into this trip to the Midlands.
Instead, a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United last weekend steadied the ship in the Premier League before Mauricio Pochettino’s men staged a last-gasp recovery to come from behind against Newcastle United and force a penalty shootout which they duly won to reach the EFL Cup semi-finals.
The upcoming fixture list look good for Chelsea. Their next four league matches are against Wolves, Crystal Palace, Luton Town and Fulham, while they have two matches with Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup semis and a tie with Preston North End in the FA Cup.
So, Pochettino will be eyeing the chance to string together a run of results that is consistent after a first half of the season that has been anything but.
Chelsea find themselves struggling, 10th in the Premier League table and just three points clear of 13th-placed Wolves. They would be in the bottom half were it not for Everton’s controversial 10-point deduction.
This Wolves match may also be their toughest of the quartet of top-flight fixtures they have coming up, as Gary O’Neil’s men are six league matches unbeaten at Molineux and have already claimed the impressive scalps of Manchester City and Tottenham on home soil this season.
With key creative outlet Pedro Neto having missed significant time through injury, forward Hwang Hee-chan has been increasingly important to their hopes.
Coming into this round of matches, only Liverpool star Mohamed Salah (eight) has scored more Premier League home goals than the six scored by South Korea star Hwang so far this season.
But Chelsea also have a player in fine form. Cole Palmer has been involved in nine Premier League goals this season, with the 21-year-old scoring six times and adding three assists since his transfer from Man City.
Palmer is following in some impressive footsteps at Chelsea. If he can register one more goal involvement, he will become just the fifth player to reach double figures in a single campaign for the Blues while aged 21 or under after Arjen Robben (2004-05), Eden Hazard (2012-13), Christian Pulisic (2019-20) and Mason Mount (2019-20).
As for team news, Chelsea will assess the fitness of midfielder Enzo Fernández after his recent illness while, in an exciting development, big summer signing Christopher Nkunku is pushing to make his first Premier League appearance after coming off the bench against Newcastle in the cup.
Wolves won 1-0 in the teams’ last Premier League meeting in April and will now bid to win consecutive top-flight games against Chelsea for the first time since winning three straight between 1973 and 1975.
That Molineux victory in 2022-23 was the first match after Frank Lampard returned to the Blues as interim manager, with Matheus Nunes – now of Man City – scoring his first Wolves goal in the opening half by sending a powerful strike past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga shortly after the sacking of Graham Potter.
Chelsea have now failed to win on their last three trips to Molineux, earning just one point from those games.
They did win 5-2 win at Molineux in September 2019 in a remarkable match where Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick as well as netting an unwanted own goal. They have won four times at Wolves overall, all under different managers (Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti, André Villas-Boas and Lampard), a list Pochettino will be eager to extend.
Chelsea did win the Stamford Bridge league meeting with Wolves last season, with Armando Broja scoring his first goal for the club to cap a 3-0 victory that also featured strikes from Kai Havertz and Pulisic.
Wolves are an opponent Raheem Sterling enjoys facing. He has six goal involvements in his last six top-flight appearances against them, scoring four goals and assisting two. Of those six involvements, five of them have come in just four appearances at Molineux.
Six matches without defeat mean Wolves are on their best run of home form since 2019, when they enjoyed a 10-match unbeaten sequence at Molineux.
They have now scored in each of their last 15 Premier League home games, which is their longest top-flight scoring streak for more than 50 years, having had a 16-game run in the 1969-70 season.
However, Wolves have lost four straight away games – including a miserable 3-0 loss at West Ham last time out – so O’Neil’s men are not exactly full of confidence. But they would likely have taken being 10 points clear of the bottom three by the halfway point of the campaign had that scenario been offered before a ball had been kicked.
Chelsea’s win over Sheff Utd, where Palmer and Nicolas Jackson got the goals, provides them with a chance to win consecutive league games for just the second time this season and only the third time overall in what has been a difficult 2023. Their last such run saw consecutive victories over Fulham and Burnley in October.
The Blues’ three straight away losses in the league were miserable outings, with Pochettino’s side losing by a combined score of 8-2 against Newcastle, Man Utd and Everton. They last lost more consecutive Premier League away matches way back in the reign of Claudio Ranieri, who oversaw five straight road losses between October and December 2000.
The recent win over Sheff Utd and the penalty-shootout victory over Newcastle were much needed, but it might take a positive away result until it really feels like Chelsea have turned a corner.
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