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Chelsea maintain Champions League spot with much-needed victory against Wolverhampton

Win or draw, keep your spot in the Champions League. Lose and you will be playing in the Europa League next season. Chelsea were ultimately able to rise to the occasion, defeating Wolverhampton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

After the first 45 minutes, it looked like this match was heading towards a scoreless first half. That was until Marcos Alonso was fouled in the attacking half by Pedro Neto. Mason Mount would eventually score the free kick to help Chelsea keep its Champions League spot.

 

In the fourth minute of extra-time in the first half, The Blues doubled their lead over Wolves following a fast break by the South London-side, where Mount found Olivier Giroud, who got past goalkeeper Rui Patricio and found the back of the net.

 

The two clubs had chances to score in the second half but both were unable to capitalise as the game ended at 2-0.

Overall, Chelsea dominated with 63 percent of the possession throughout the game, while taking 11 shots (three on target). However, Wolverhampton struggled with five shots in the game, only one which was on target (easily saved by Willy Caballero).

At the end of the Premier League season, Chelsea will finish in fourth place with 66 points after Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Leicester City. On the other side, Wolverhampton slipped down to seventh place after Tottenham’s 1-1 result at Crystal Palace.

This season was unlike any other from Liverpool winning their first ever Premier League title to the COVID-19 pandemic delaying matches until June. It was not ideal but it was still a fantastic season filled with trials and tribulations for the 20 clubs in the league. 

Chelsea will prepare for their FA Cup final matchup on Sunday against crosstown rivals Arsenal. Wolverhampton, meanwhile, have a Europa League match at home against on August 6 Olympiakos, where they are tied at one on aggregate.

See the final Premier League table in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

 

Liverpool celebrate first Premier League title with win against Chelsea in eight-goal thriller

On a night at Anfield where Liverpool were anxiously waiting to celebrate the club’s first Premier League title, they did it the best way possible. The Reds were able to beat Chelsea, the club that Steven Gerard had his infamous slip six years ago, which ultimately led them to not win the league.

Liverpool, who were honored as the champions after the final whistle blew, dominated Chelsea during the first half. This helped them get on the scoresheet first.

After Willian lost the ball, Naby Keita launched a rocket in the top right corner that a diving Kepa Arrizabalaga had no chance of saving.

 

Fifteen minutes later, Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a beautiful free kick goal that a flat-footed Kepa watched go by into the goal. This occurred due to a nice run by Sadio Mané, who ended up getting fouled by Mateo Kovacic. 

 

Things went from bad to worst for the South London-side when Olivier Giroud’s clearance of a corner kick fell right in front of Georginio Wijnaldum, who had a perfectly striked the ball for their third goal in a span of 20 minutes.

 

Chelsea were able to cut the deficit to two after Marcos Alonso passed the ball to Willian that was saved by his fellow Brazilian Alisson. However, Giroud was able to slide in to get the ball into the back of the net just before half-time.

 

The Reds, however, continued their excellent form in the second half by getting a fourth goal in the match courtesy of Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian, who had not scored at home this season, was able to head in a cross from Alexander-Arnold for his ninth goal of the campaign.

 

The Blues, who had made a triple-substitution moments before hand, were able to score their second after Christian Pulisic made a nice run, which included a nutmeg on Joe Gomez. He later found Tammy Abraham, who tapped in the ball past Alisson.

 

This electric game kept on going when Callum Hudson-Odom crossed the ball to Pulisic, who was calm and collected as he nailed the top right corner in their comeback attempt.

 

Just when it appeared that Chelsea were going to have a good chance to tie the game after being four one down,  Liverpool were able to capitalise on a fast break. Left back Andrew Robertson was able to find substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who put the result beyond doubt on a celebratory night for Jurgen Klopp’s men. 

 

If you are a football fan who adores offense, this was the game for you. The eight-goal thriller was a match for the ages as Liverpool were able to dominate on a momentous night for the club and its fanbase across the world.

Liverpool will close out the season on Sunday at Newcastle United. Chelsea, meanwhile, will look to keep their Champions League at home against Wolverhampton, where they will keep track of the Leicester City-Manchester United match for the remaining spots in European’s top club competition.

See updated Premier League table and remaining fixtures in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

Chelsea defeat Manchester United to advance to FA Cup final

They say that the third time’s a charm, but Chelsea needed a fourth battle to finally defeat Manchester United as they stamped their ticket to the FA Cup final.

In seemed like both squads were going to head into the halftime break scoreless. That was until the 11th-minute of extra-time, when Olivier Giroud, who has been exceptional since the restart, found the back of the net after receiving a cross for César Azpilicueta.

 

The Blues entering the second half up by one against The Red Devils, subsequently they came out of the gates storming. After a poor pass from Brandon Williams, Mason Mount pounced on the ball and capitalise on the opportunity to put the South London-side one-step closer to their first final since 2017.

 

It went from bad to worse for  The Red Devils in the 74th-minute, when Harry Maguire’s studs connected to a cross from Marcos Alonso, which ended up getting past David de Gea.

 

Manchester United were able to get their consolation in the 85th-minute courtesy of a penalty from Bruno Fernandes. This sequence was caused by Callum Hudson-Odoi fouling Anthony Martial in the penalty area.

 

Overall, Chelsea dominated the game and caused the Red Devil’s de Gea to experience hell on Earth with a performance to forget. Even though Manchester United held 51 percent of the possession,  The Blues managed almost twice as many attempts on goal (13 to seven) and had less shots on target (seven to three).

Chelsea will now prepare for its battle against cross-city rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. However, their next game is a Premier League matchup against the champions, Liverpool, on Wednesday at Anfield. Manchester United, meanwhile, will play hosts to West Ham United on Wednesday as they vie for a Champions League spot.

See updated Premier League table in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

 

Chelsea get much-needed win at home against Norwich City

Heading into their matchup on Tuesday, Chelsea were expected to handle Norwich City easily, especially with the match being held at Stamford Bridge. However, The Blues only squeezed by in a nail-bitting 1-0 victory over the already relegated Canaries. 

Chelsea held 69 percent of the possession during the first half, with a good chunk of it in the final third at Norwich’s end. Even though it seemed like a one-sided match, The Blues were not able to capitalize on any of their chances.

Towards the end of the first 45 minutes, it looked like this match was heading towards a scoreless half. That was until nearly the end of the three minutes of extra time, when Christian Pulisic crossed the ball, which was headed into the back of the net by Olivier Giroud. 

 

The 2018 World Cup winner has now scored six goals in his last eight Premier League games.  Pretty impressive for a striker who seemed to be on his way out of South London earlier this season.

The two sides played a scoreless second half to end the game at 1-0.

Overall, it was not the dominant victory that Chelsea fans were expecting over a recently relegated Norwich side  but it was what was needed to make Manchester United and Leicester City nervous heading into their respective matches.

The Blues had 22 shots throughout the entire, six of which were on target. The Canaries, however, only had two shots the entire match, none of which were on target as Daniel Farke’s side suffered an eighth consecutive defeat. 

Chelsea prepares for an FA Cup semi-final matchup against Manchester United on Sunday before taking on champions Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday. Norwich City, meanwhile, will host Burnley on Saturday.

See current Premier League Table in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

Chelsea escape Crystal Palace in five-goal thriller

As Chelsea entered the Selhurst Park Stadium, they had a chance to put pressure on teams around them in the standings with a win today. The Blues were ultimately able to squeeze by with a narrow 3-2 away victory over Crystal Palace.

In the early stages of the match, Olivier Giroud scored from the center of the box after receiving a pass from Willian. The chance occurred after Gary Cahill fell to the ground, causing the Brazilian to move freely with the ball in order to find the Frenchman.

 

Twenty-one minutes after Chelsea opened up the scoresheet, Christian Pulisic continued his hot start and found the back of the net. That was the young American’s third goal in five Premier League appearances since the restart.

 

The Eagles, however, would get a goal back in the 34th-minute after Wilfried Zaha unleashed a rocket that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had no chance of saving.

 

Palace, subsequently started the second half strongly, until the substitutions of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham in the 65th-minute changed the complexion of the match. 

Six minutes after entering the pitch, the substitutes collaborated for Chelsea’s third goal as Loftus-Cheek passed the ball to Abraham, who was able to notch his first goal in quite some time.

 

The Blues two-goal lead was short lived after Christian Benteke was not only left unmarked but had an empty net after the defense was focusing on Patrick van Aanholt.

 

Palace had several chances in the end to get a point out of this match, including a header from Scott Dann in the fifth minute of extra time. However, luck was not on their side and the shot came off the post and was ultimately cleared.

Overall, The Blues were able to possess 58 percent of ball throughout the match, while also having 14 shots (6 on goal). On the other side, The Eagles had 13 shots in total, four of which were on goal.

Chelsea, who have now accumulated 60 points this season, will look to keep their Champions League spot this Saturday as they travel to Sheffield United. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, will visit Aston Villa on Sunday.

See the updated Premier League table below in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/