Chelsea vs Wolves
Chelsea are set to face off with Wolves shortly.
Thomas Tuchel’s side head into the game no doubt desperate to put an end to their dismal recent run of form, which has seen the Blues slip down to 3rd in the Premier League table, four points behind an in-form Manchester City side.
Chelsea’s last outing saw them take on Everton at Stamford Bridge. Granted, a few key stars were missing for the Pensioners, but they still should have had little issue dispatching an Everton side who had won one in nine and had personnel problems of their own.
But Chelsea were forced to settle for a point on the day, once again failing to keep a clean sheet.
Nevertheless, they really shouldn’t struggle to keep Wolves quiet in gameweek 18. Bruno Lage’s side have scored just 13 goals in 17 outings this term – the lowest in the division barring Norwich City.
‘Agenda against Chelsea’
Ahead of kick-off, Chelsea would, of course, release their starting line-up an hour before kick-off.
The Blues were not all full strength after becoming one of many Premier League clubs to be hit by a recent covid outbreak.
It was already confirmed that Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for the virus.
And it was also reported that Chelsea wanted the game to be postponed, but their request was denied due to the PL ruling that Chelsea had 14 players available for the game.
Chelsea requested the game be postponed on the basis there will have to be players on the bench who are not fit enough to play. PL rejected on basis they ruled Chelsea have 14 players available for the game. Believe Chelsea had two further positives yesterday and one today #cfc
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 19, 2021
And, on Chelsea releasing their matchday squad for the day, it was easy to see why the game was not called off.
The Blues had close to a full-strength XI and plenty of first-team options on the bench:
This is your Chelsea team today! 🤝 @ParimatchGlobal #WolChe pic.twitter.com/LJSX6MweWC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 19, 2021
Despite Chelsea still having a fairly strong eleven and not a single youth player on their bench, some Chelsea fans were still seemingly not too happy with the game not being called off and took to social media to vent their frustrations, with just some of the reaction shown below:
Agenda against Chelsea will never stop. pic.twitter.com/FtwGqGo2Y7
— Chelsea Babe(Chelsea will win EPL & UCL💙) (@debbie_chelsea) December 19, 2021
There’s an agenda against Chelsea – Mourinho 2014
— ً (@bryanrole) December 19, 2021
The Premier League is utterly corrupt. We have been hit so hard with Covid-19 that we only have 4 outfield players on the bench but our plea to postpone the game has been rejected. Other games have been cancelled for less. Mourinho was right. There is an agenda against Chelsea.
— CfcSheikh (@CfcSheikh) December 19, 2021
Not postponing this match is a double standard in the application of rules in the Premier League. But we have always known there is an agenda against Chelsea in the Premier League so not surprised. https://t.co/37JNgV5xrf
— xhanti (@Xhanti0330) December 19, 2021
Chelsea FC team is so depleted that we don’t even have a bench for today’s Match (Only Kovacic).
Premier League has an agenda against Chelsea FC
— #EndSARS✊ AgricPreneuer💡(Chicken&Fish) (@TobiDeolu) December 19, 2021
4 outfield players on the bench? Oh there’s an agenda against Chelsea 🤣 #WolChe https://t.co/m01oSlw2pf
— Beca 🏴 (@Becaangharad) December 19, 2021
The @premierleague definitely has an agenda against Chelsea https://t.co/MdtcbLbCjE
— 🎨 Jay (@TheUnusualJay) December 19, 2021
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