Everything is still to play for in game 38 – the final match of the 2019/2020 Premier League season.
It might be later than planned but Chelsea take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge as both teams look to cement another season in European football respectively.
Chelsea will be looking to tread carefully as they will be hopeful of not slipping on a banana skin. Frank Lampard’s side currently reside in fourth place in the league table with three victories in their last five matches. 63 points with one game remaining see’s the Blues on the same amount of points as rivals Manchester United and one ahead of Leicester City.
Three points against Wolves would guarantee Chelsea Champions League football next season regardless of the result in Leicester’s fixture, which ironically is against Manchester United. No doubt Champions League qualification and an FA Cup final will be seen as a successful season for young manager Frank Lampard – especially when you consider that he joined the club when they were restricted by a transfer ban.
Fans have reason to be optimistic for next season as Chelsea appear to be getting their summer transfers sorted ahead of time. Can Chelsea challenge for the title next season? As it stands, they have to be in the mix…
Chelsea come into the game following a 5-3 defeat to league winners Liverpool at Anfield as Lampard found himself in a verbal sparring match with Jurgen Klopp….he’s a brave man!
The reverse fixture between Chelsea and Wolves saw the London side come away with a 5-2 victory as Tammy Abraham scored a hattrick. Should he repeat the feat today he’ll take his goal tally for the season to 20 goals, a milestone some would have thought unthinkable at the beginning of the season.
As for Wolves, they’re in sixth position in the table – two places behind Chelsea. Believe it or not but Wolves have actually lost four fewer games than Chelsea this season as they look to play in the Europa League for a second successive season. Wolves have won two and lost two in their last five as a victory could take the club to fifth, in what would be their highest finish in the Premier League. Regardless of the outcome, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo continues to gain a higher and higher reputation across the land.
As for a score prediction, both teams will go all out to win this one and the neutral should be in for quite an exciting encounter. As Chelsea have home advantage, I’ll go for them to grab the three points – but I’m hoping for a high scoring encounter, and as much as I see Chelsea winning, should Kepa play in goal, they’re bound to concede. Did you know that he’s conceded 8% of all the goals that they’ve conceded in the Premier League? Quite a stat.
Match Preview written by Matt Davey