The Blues are dealing with a Covid outbreak of their own, but one that has not been deemed substantial enough to warrant a postponement and as such they are presented with a chance to break out of their recent slump.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have lost valuable ground to Manchester City and Liverpool in the title race in recent weeks, and with both sides also in action on Sunday, they know victory in the Midlands is a must heading into Christmas.
They face a Wolves side who have been hard to break down but who have also found scoring tough themselves – their goal in a 1-0 win over Brighton in midweek was their first in five Premier League matches.
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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
Chelsea have now released a statement confirming their request to have today’s match postponed was rejected….
Wolves vs Chelsea prediction
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.
Wolves team news
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.
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.
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’
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
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.
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…