Wolves 0-0 Chelsea FC LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Wolves 0-0 Chelsea FC LIVE! Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today

Wolves vs Chelsea - LIVE!

Chelsea dropped more points in the Premier League title race after failing to beat Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.

The Blues requested to have the match postponed due to their worsening Covid-19 issues, with manager Thomas Tuchel left angry and confused that they were made to play on regardless.

Chelsea were able to name a squad of 17 first-team players in the West Midlands, with two goalkeepers on their six-strong substitutes bench.

It was another frustrating afternoon for the former leaders, who stay third and now six points adrift of rivals Manchester City at Christmas following the latter’s 4-0 win over Newcastle at the Etihad.

Chelsea’s best chance of the afternoon fell 15 minutes from time, when Christian Pulisic was denied by a close-range stop from Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa.

Conor Coady also made a goal-saving challenge on N’Golo Kante as the clock ticked down at a foggy Molineux.

Follow all the reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below, including expert analysis from James Robson!

Wolves vs Chelsea highlights

  • FT: Wolves 0-0 Chelsea

  • Pulisic denied by Sa as Chelsea drop more points

  • Podence goal ruled out for offside in first half

  • Chelsea postponement request rejected

  • Tuchel angry at being made to play despite Covid issues

16:06 , George Flood

James Robson at Molineux

15:59 , George Flood

More dropped points for Chelsea. Tuchel is out congratulating all of his players - but even with the number of absentees, they had a team that could and should have won this game.

And in the context of their run of late, it just is not good enough.

Full-time

15:58 , George Flood

Wolves 0-0 Chelsea

Another frustrating afternoon for Chelsea and more dropped points in the title race.

They are now six adrift of leaders City, who put struggling Newcastle to the sword 4-0 at the Etihad this afternoon.

They could even end up five behind second-place Liverpool, if Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Tottenham in north London this afternoon.

Tuchel will be furious that his side were even made to play today amid their Covid issues.

15:55 , George Flood

93 mins: What a ball from Rudiger to Azpilicueta, who cuts back for Kante.

He shapes to shoot, only to be denied by a goal-saving challenge from Coady.

What a tackle! That has almost certainly saved Wolves a point. Brilliant defending.

15:53 , George Flood

90 mins: Three minutes of added time here for Chelsea to notch a winner!

Mount finds space down the right-hand channel but his poor cross is easily collected by Sa.

So frustrating from the England playmaker.

15:51 , George Flood

87 mins: Another fine block inside that Wolves box and Chelsea can’t capitalise on the corner.

Trincao is now on for Jimenez.

15:48 , George Flood

84 mins: Chelsea continue to turn the screw, but Wolves launch another counter that is brilliantly thwarted by Rudiger.

Wolves sent on Adama Traore for Podence a few minutes ago, while Trincao looks set to come on with only five left.

James Robson at Molineux

15:41 , George Flood

Chelsea will do well to get another chance as good as that one for Pulisic. It was a good save - but one-on-one, you want your forward to be scoring.

15:40 , George Flood

76 mins: Pulisic is denied from close range by Sa!

Wolves are right under the cosh here with less than 15 minutes to go.

Kante is the man leading the charge for Chelsea from that advanced position.

A lovely pass from Alonso to tee up Pulisic, but what a strong left hand from Sa, who also claims the subsequent corner.

15:36 , George Flood

73 mins: The rebound falls loose from a dangerous Chelsea free-kick and Mount’s low shot is deflected behind by Dendoncker.

A gaffe then sees Mount play a short corner to Kovacic, only to get the return ball and then be duly flagged offside.

Oops!

15:34 , George Flood

71 mins: Good determination from James out on the Chelsea right as he eventually beats Marcal and then crosses for Pulisic, but again it’s turned behind by the attentive Coady.

James Robson at Molineux

15:31 , George Flood

Kante is playing higher up the pitch now that Ziyech has been replaced by Kovacic.

It is making for a bit of a lopsided-looking formation, with Pulisic still central and Mount on the right.

15:30 , George Flood

67 mins: Sa emphatically punches clear a corner from the left after Alonso’s cross is blocked behind by Coady, who demands that his Wolves team-mates maintain their concentration levels.

Wolves break well and Hoever gets around Alonso, but his low cut-back from the byline is intercepted.

15:28 , George Flood

66 mins: Chelsea’s latest attack ends with a tame Kante cross that is easily gathered by Sa.

Far more composure and creativity needed with that final ball if they are to break the deadlock here.

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64 mins: Mateo Kovacic comes on for his first Chelsea appearance for two months following a hamstring injury and Covid-19.

Ziyech is the man to make way.

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63 mins: We should mention that Manchester City are currently cruising to victory over free-falling Newcastle thanks to goals from Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Riyad Mahrez.

As it stands, the leaders will be six points clear of Chelsea in third.

Second-place Liverpool face Tottenham at 4:30pm GMT of course.

15:22 , George Flood

60 mins: Chelsea continuing to dominate as we come up on the hour mark, but still struggling to create meaningful chances.

Great noise from the home fans.

James Robson at Molineux

15:20 , George Flood

Better from Chelsea this half. They are controlling the ball higher up the pitch for the first time in the match.

Still little in the way of clear chances, but it is a clear improvement.

15:18 , George Flood

55 mins: This is so much more effective from Chelsea now as they work the ball into dangerous areas and Pulisic’s inviting low cross is crucially hacked away by Saiss inside the six-yard box with James lurking.

Alonso hits the post! But the offside flag is up. Wouldn’t have counted.

15:16 , George Flood

53 mins: Now Chelsea are turning the screw, monopolising possession outside the Wolves box and asking questions of their disciplined defence.

A couple of crosses are repelled, but the Blues switch possession seamlessly and come again.

Lovely passing from Chelsea now - Wolves suddenly can’t get a touch.

15:14 , George Flood

50 mins: The fog is very heavy at Molineux now and making it tough to see exactly what is happening at times - thank God for those bright gold home shirts!

Wolves still on top. Chelsea have lost that late first-half momentum.

15:12 , George Flood

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48 mins: Wolves begin the first half in the ascendancy amid typically busy work from the industrious Jimenez.

Moutinho slips a ball through to Marcal, whose cross is overhit, though Wolves still manage to force a corner.

Chelsea standing firm for now.

Stat attack

15:07 , George Flood

Second half

15:07 , George Flood

Back underway at Molineux.

One half-time change from Chelsea, with Saul Niguez replacing Chalobah, who obviously hasn’t shaken off that knock following the collision with team-mate Thiago Silva.

James Robson at Molineux

14:56 , George Flood

Chelsea’s best period has come right at the end of the half. Still, the quality is not enough.

The intensity is not enough. And there is little connection between midfield and attack. They need to improve in the second half.

Half-time

14:52 , George Flood

Wolves 0-0 Chelsea

Goalless at the break, with the depleted Blues in the ascendancy for a few minutes there.

Otherwise it’s been a frustrating afternoon thus far for Tuchel and Co.

Wolves the better side for the most part, with Podence’s effort ruled out for an offside against Jimenez.

All to play for in the second period.

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14:50 , George Flood

48 mins: This is Chelsea’s best period since the opening couple of minutes as they keep the pressure on and Sa is at full stretch to tip away a clipped cross from James, who combined nicely with Mount.

Wolves will want the half-time whistle here as their opponents grow in confidence.

14:48 , George Flood

45 mins: Chelsea have a corner as the fourth official confirms four minutes of added time at the end of this first half.

Mount gets an immediate second chance at his delivery from the right and a thundered ball then stings the palms of Sa in the Wolves goal.

But here come Chelsea again, turning up the pressure before the interval. Another corner for Wolves to defend.

14:45 , George Flood

43 mins: Now a very ambitious effort from Podence fails to trouble Mendy.

Hakim Ziyech almost loses possession in a very dangerous area for Chelsea, but he’s fouled by Ruben Neves.

James Robson at Molineux

14:44 , George Flood

Again that chance comes from Chelsea’s right. Dendoncker really should be taking that one. Unmarked after Podence’s cross, but heads tamely at Mendy.

14:43 , George Flood

40 mins: HUGE chance for Wolves!

Podence easily creates space away from Azpilicueta and James to whip in a cross for Leander Dendoncker, who is all alone and clear from Alonso as he meekly heads down and into the arms of Mendy.

That should have been 1-0. A massive wasted opportunity for the hosts.

14:42 , George Flood

39 mins: Thiago Silva and then captain Azpilicueta both have to stand strong to make key interventions as Wolves probe for an opener before the break.

14:40 , George Flood

38 mins: Like Thiago Silva, Chalobah is also now back on but neither player looks to be moving very well at all.

Something to closely monitor before the interval.

14:39 , George Flood

36 mins: Thiago Silva gingerly limps back on and gives Mendy a thumbs-up, but Chalobah looks to have come off worse and heads to the sideline for more examination.

Will Kovacic be needed before half-time here?

14:38 , George Flood

36 mins: This is the last thing Tuchel wants to see amid those injury and Covid issues.

Chalobah and Thiago Silva are both down in need of treatment after colliding painfully while trying to deal with the threat of Jimenez.

The manager will be desperately hoping neither is badly hurt.

14:37 , George Flood

34 mins: Better from Chelsea after an incisive run at the heart of the Wolves defence by Kante, who slips in Pulisic.

Sa tracks him well before the American combines with Mount and then delivers a wretched cross that sails behind for a goal kick.

14:35 , George Flood

32 mins: Another foul on Jimenez, another yellow card.

Rudiger has his studs raised while competing for a high ball and has his name taken.

James Robson at Molineux

14:34 , George Flood

Chelsea have managed to get more control of this game, without ever threatening Sa’s goal.

Wolves were having a lot of joy exploiting the space between James and Azpilicueta, but Chelsea are doing better in closing down the ball and winning more 50-50s.

It is still far from convincing, though.

14:32 , George Flood

29 mins: The first yellow card of the afternoon goes to Trevoh Chalobah for an ill-advised lunge that takes down Jimenez.

14:30 , George Flood

26 mins: Defending to do at both ends as Mount is stopped by Coady and Thiago Silva is then put under huge pressure by the opportunistic Jimenez.

Still goalless as we tick towards the half-hour mark.

14:30 , George Flood

The fog showing no signs of relenting at Molineux this afternoon...

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14:27 , George Flood

23 mins: An excellently-timed sliding challenge from Conor Coady stops Christian Pulisic in his tracks on the edge of the Wolves penalty area.

Coady will need treatment after picking up a knock.

Nothing doing with regards to that alleged Kante handball. Podence would have been clean through on goal without the Frenchman’s intervention.

Wolves are not happy about it in the slightest.

14:24 , George Flood

21 mins: Ironic cheers from the home crowd as Chelsea earn a decent free-kick opportunity and Reece James’ ball is easily claimed unopposed by Jose Sa.

The Wolves faithful then berate referee David Coote after an apparent handball from N’Golo Kante that may well have prevented a goalscoring opportunity.

Play goes on...

14:22 , George Flood

18 mins: Thomas Tuchel is cutting a very frustrated figure on the Molineux sideline just at the moment.

Chelsea started this game strongly but have gone right off the boil since, surrendering possession far too easily.

James Robson at Molineux

14:18 , George Flood

The goal does not count, which is a major let off for Chelsea. Jimenez was offside when trying to convert before the ball fell to Podence, who was definitely onside.

Chelsea have been warned. It has been sloppy so far and Wolves are turning over possession too easily in midfield.

GOAAA... NO!

14:18 , George Flood

15 mins: Oceans of space for Moutinho to quickly counter through the middle and Podence is on hand to turn home at the back post after Marcal’s low ball for Jimenez is missed by the Mexican, who did at least force Mendy into a dive.

Molineux erupts in delight, but there’s a very, very late offside flag and the goal won’t stand after a VAR check.

Initial target Jimenez was offside as he tried to provide the finish.

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(Getty Images)

14:15 , George Flood

12 mins: Mount’s corner from the right-hand side causes a moment of panic inside the Wolves box, but they quickly clear.

14:14 , George Flood

11 mins: Chelsea are looking sloppy now as Marcos Alonso repels a cross inside the box before possession is immediately given up in a bad area once more.

But Wolves can’t fashion a chance and the Blues break at speed, with Mason Mount the architect of a useful counter-attack eventually thwarted by Saiss.

14:11 , George Flood

8 mins: Fine reading of the game from elder statesman Thiago Silva, who gets across to intercept a dangerous ball from Roman Saiss intended for Marcal.

14:09 , George Flood

6 mins: Wolves’ movement is causing Chelsea a few problems early on here, with Joao Moutinho particularly impressive.

The hosts sustain their pressure to earn a couple of corners, while another crossing opportunity involves a flick-on at the back post which is gratefully held by Mendy.

James Robson at Molineux

14:06 , George Flood

Tuchel had his head in his hands from the moment James lost the ball in midfield until it went out of play.

It will be a long day if he is already that on edge.

14:06 , George Flood

4 mins: Commentator’s curse!

A complacent James loses out to Fernando Marcal, who quickly feeds Raul Jimenez.

The Mexican strides forward before teeing up support man Daniel Podence, whose hopeful shot is deflected wide with Edouard Mendy scrambling.

A good response from Wolves.

14:04 , George Flood

3 mins: It’s all Chelsea amid the Molineux fog in the early stages of this contest.

They are utterly dominating possession, with an early corner hacked clear.

14:03 , George Flood

1 min: A positive start from Chelsea, with Reece James in behind Wolves’ back five to connect with a fine diagonal ball from Antonio Rudiger.

Jose Sa deals with the danger and the offside flag goes up.

Kick-off

14:01 , George Flood

We are underway!

13:58 , George Flood

Standard Sport’s James Robson is in position at Molineux...

13:50 , George Flood

Just 10 minutes remaining until kick-off.

Can depleted Chelsea restate their title credentials today with Manchester City and Liverpool also in action?

Misty Molineux

13:39 , George Flood

Final preparations at a misty Molineux...

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13:31 , George Flood

Here’s the full pre-match interview with Sky Sports from a concerned Thomas Tuchel...

Tuchel fury

13:22 , George Flood

Three Wolves changes

13:19 , George Flood

Wolves, however, have a full squad and make three changes to the side that beat Brighton on Wednesday, with Raul Jimenez back from suspension and in for the absent Hwang Hee-chan.

Nelson Semedo and Francisco Trincao are also replaced by Ki Jana Hoever and Leander Dendoncker.

Chelsea name squad of only 17 players

13:14 , George Flood

So Chelsea are only able to name a squad of 17 players, with two of their six substitutes goalkeepers in the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcus Bettinelli.

There is no Jorginho, Kai Havertz or Ruben Loftus-Cheek, while Andreas Christensen is also out injured.

N’Golo Kante is rushed in to start in midfield, where he plays alongside Trevoh Chalobah, with Mateo Kovacic on the bench.

Wolves lineup

13:02 , George Flood

Wolves: Jose Sa, Kilman, Coady, Saiss, Hoever, Dendoncker, Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal, Jimenez, Daniel Podence

Subs: Trincao, Moulden, Ruddy, Nelson Semedo, Traore, Cundle, Bueno, Bruno Jordao

Chelsea lineup

13:01 , George Flood

Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Chalobah, Kante, Alonso, Mount, Ziyech, Pulisic

Subs: Arrizabalaga, Kovacic, Bettinelli, Saul, Barkley, Sarr

12:55 , George Flood

No Jorginho, Kai Havertz or Ruben Loftus-Cheek among the Chelsea squad at Molineux.

Official team news on the way.

Chelsea ‘deeply disappointed’ postponement request rejected

12:51 , George Flood

Chelsea have now released a statement confirming their request to have today’s match postponed was rejected....

Wolves vs Chelsea prediction

12:39 , George Flood

Wolves have suffered narrow 1-0 defeats to both Liverpool and Manchester City this month and both times were unlucky not to come away with a point.

Only a goal from Divock Origi deep into stoppage time gave Liverpool victory, while City needed a contentious penalty.

Tuchel will be expecting a tough test, but Chelsea must find a way to win.

Chelsea to win 1-0.

Wolves team news

12:37 , George Flood

Yerson Mosquera and Fabio Silva are the Wolves players known to have returned positive Covid tests this week.

Rayan Ait-Nouri and Hwang Hee-chan are both missing through injury, along with long-term absentees Jonny and Pedro Neto.

Raul Jimenez is back from suspension, however.

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12:31 , George Flood

The early pre-match scene at Molineux.

Like the rest of the country, it’s a cold and foggy winter’s day in the West Midlands.

12:19 , Malik Ouzia

Well, here’s what we do know about Chelsea’s Covid outbreak so far.

Kai Havertz is available after returning a negative PCR test, but Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi missed the Everton game after positive results and are all out. Ben Chilwell has also tested positive, though he is already sidelined with a long-term injury.

Speaking on Friday, Tuchel said Chelsea had not returned any more positive results in the squad. But Tuchel said: “The lottery starts again tomorrow afternoon.”

Chelsea postponement request ‘rejected’

12:02 , Malik Ouzia

We’ll come on to what we know for certain about Chelsea’s Covid outbreak shortly, but with two hours to go until kick-off, The Telegraph are reporting that the club have had a request to postpone this afternoon’s game rejected by the Premier League.

The suggestion is that further positive cases have come to light but those are, for now, unconfirmed. We’ll have more as we get it.

How to watch

11:48 , Malik Ouzia

The match will not be televised in the UK. It has been scheduled today due to Chelsea playing Everton on Thursday.

Highlights will be on Match of the Day on BBC One at 10:25pm on Saturday.

Good morning!

11:45 , George Flood

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this afternoon’s Premier League clash between Wolves and Chelsea at Molineux.

We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of a 2pm kick-off...

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