Chelsea welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Stamford Bridge for a Premier League clash on Saturday, and they may be starting to look uncomfortably over their shoulder.
Last weekend, the Blues lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Everton, while Bruno Lage’s side was humbled 3-0 by Brighton & Hove Albion in front of their fans.
Everton manager Frank Lampard must have gone to bed dreaming of a priceless victory over the club for which he sacrificed so much as a player but was flattered to deceive in the dugout, while his Stamford Bridge replacement Thomas Tuchel could only watch from the stands at Goodison Park.
Richarlison’s goal came as fans were still settling in after the half-time break, but a standing ovation is in order for Jordan Pickford, who put his body and face on the line to deny Cesar Azpilicueta and keep the Toffees’ lead.
Chelsea is still in third place heading into the final stretch, but after winning just one of their last four Premier League games, the gap to London rivals Arsenal – a team on the rise – has shrunk to just three points, and it is unthinkable to imagine the Blues failing to finish in the top four after flirting with a title challenge earlier in the season.
Some Blues fans may have their sights set on FA Cup success after missing out on the finals in 2020 and 2021, but earning 12 points from 12 games against Wolves, Leeds United, and Leicester City will satisfy them.
However, Watford is crucial for a team whose future has been cast into doubt again following claims that Roman Abramovich has softened his position on overdue debts.
Chelsea Starting Lineup
Mendy, Azpilicueta Silva, Rudiger, James, Kovacic, Loftus Ch, Alonso, Pulisic, Lukaku, Werner.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Starting Lineup
Jimenez, Neto, Ait-No, Dendo, Neves, Moutin, Castro, Saiss, Coady, Boly, Sa.
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