Chelsea at Wolves Team News: Pulisic, Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi, Moutinho

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Update, Monday night, on Christian Pulisic, via Frank Lampard: “He is in the squad for tomorrow but yet to be decided whether he starts or not. Positive news from the weekend.”

It’s a very quick turnaround for Chelsea FC as they have little to no time to lick their wounds after the disappointing Everton defeat on the weekend. Expected to strongly contend for the Premier League title this season, the Blues may have fallen out of the top four by the time you read this/their next match is staged.

Tuesday night sees the west London club head to the Midlands, to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in league play.

(Update: Chelsea receive UCL draw)

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea FC FYIs

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Kickoff:  Tuesday Dec 15, 6pm GMT, Molineux Stadium

League position: Chelsea 4th, 22 points Wolverhampton Wanderers 12th, 17 points

Premier League form guide: Chelsea LWDWW      Wolverhampton Wanderers   LLWDW

Official: Stuart Attwell

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Team News

It’s hard to make heads or tails of the fitness situation surrounding Christian Pulisic for this one. Will he be available? I don’t know because heading into Saturday, manager Frank Lampard said the American, despite having missing out on the Champions League clash in midweek, was 100% full go for Everton.

He was left out of the team entirely, after Lampard said Pulisic had “awareness” in the hamstring area during training this week.

Quite the euphemism there- “awareness.” I think everyday, past age 40, I have woken up with “awareness” in my knees, and back.

Sticking with the attack, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech remain out due to injury, and they’re not expected back until Boxing Day give or take.

Elsewhere, Kai Havertz is fit, but he still got subbed off yesterday due to his struggling mightily right now when it comes to form.

Flipping over to the hosts, superstar Raul Jimenez is out injured, and that’s not exactly news for this one, but his absence is still the top story, team news wise.

Fabio Silva, who broke the club transfer fee record when he signed in the summer, is off to a great start though.

Left back Jonny Otto remains sidelined, due to injury while Joao Moutinho picked up his second yellow card and he’s now suspended for this match.

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Prediction: Wolves 1, Chelsea 1

Chelsea have been consistent this season, beating up on the bottom of the table, while not taking care of the teams above them in the table.

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  1. The Coach should be blamed for the defeat to Everton by continuing misplacement of players position so Mount can play all the games and also benching the Captain by continuing using James is a completely nonsense, and respect to the team. He was once in that position and no coach ever benched him. The Frank Lampard still feels like he is learning and that not good for big team like Chelsea. His changes is very poor, very inconsistent with winning team and I do believed that he doesn’t even listen to his assistant coach.

  2. Chelsea fc need experience coach and not hypothesis , not gesting method, we need consistency in tactical performance and non tactical displacement on the field. Why he is giving Mount and James more playing time and others are suffering from a partiality by benching those players who been winning trophy for the team. Also benching the captain which is a completely nonsense and disrespect to the team, he was once in that position and no coach ever benched him. He is not competitive coach, just a learner ; nevertheless he should stop blaming players for his poor performance, poor placement of players on the field and lack of reasonable changes.

  3. Chelsea fc need experience coach and not hypothesis , not gesting method, we need consistency in tactical performance and non tactical displacement on the field. Why he is giving Mount and James more playing time and others are suffering from a partiality by benching those players who been winning trophy for the team. Also benching the captain which is a completely nonsense and disrespect to the team, he was once in that position and no coach ever benched him. He is not competitive coach, just a learner ; nevertheless he should stop blaming players for his poor performance, poor placement of players on the field and lack of reasonable changes. Chelsea fc has the best players but incompetence coach

  4. Lampard has something with Pulisic. He just does not like the guy and that is strange. I have this feeling that he is deliberately benching Pulisic using injury as an excuse.

  5. Chelsea fc coach is OK . but he does not have his best eleven. That why his rotating the lineup

  6. Harvezt and Timo Werner is a waste of fund and lampard is not a good coach at all

  7. Looking at our last game did you see any cretifity no, I don’t know why Lampard always bench Christian , do you want to tell me that mount is better than Christian. Owner should looking into this matter before is too late because I don’t see Lampard giving Chelsea for this season.

  8. Harvezt should be loand out we need a midfielder like fabregas or Bruno Fernandez a player who can seculate passes to the striker and I don’t even see the possibility of Chelsea wining the league because our squad is not strong like Liverpool,man city, Tottenham we need experience coach like zidane please Chelsea is a big team in England so we should behave like one ?

  9. Looking at it Lampard is not the type of manager that can win trophy now, he always using the England player so that he can be invited as England manager forgetting the money that the owner is spending. We fan are not happy with him, we need Christian in the team and the captain. Lampard doesn’t not know the time to change player ontill seventy before he will make a change. Please Lampard think about the money owner is spending

  10. Lampard shouldn’t bench christian again and he should stop using inguris for excuse

  11. Takido Samson says

    Chelsea 3-1 Wolve but chelsea board have to make some changes to atleast bring one winger in to start the game even if he injuried

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