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The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Chelsea need a point on the final day of the season to secure Champions League football next year. Frank Lampard's side host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but their opponents similarly need a result. Wolves are trying to secure Europa League football again next season and are only one point ahead of Tottenham.
Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines Chelsea could feasibly deny Wolves European action by beating them here—but then gift it back to them once more by winning the FA Cup. Here's all you need to know ahead of the game. We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. When is it and what time is kick-off? The match will begin at 4pm on Sunday 26 July at Stamford Bridge. How can I watch it online and on TV?
Predicted line-ups Chelsea: Kepa; James, Zouma, Rudiger, Azpilicueta; Jorginho, Mount, Kovacic; Willian, Pulisic, Giroud. Wolves: Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Adama, Jimenez, Jota. What are the odds? Chelsea – 7/8 Draw – 37/13 Wolves – 17/5 Prediction Chelsea have shown in recent games they have the attacking threat to hurt teams, so they will likely go on the offensive – but Wolves have some exceptional counter-attackers including Adama Traore. Chelsea 2-2 Wolves Get FREE email alerts for Leicester City FC Sign up!
Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email James Maddison has handed Leicester City a major boost ahead of the Foxes' crunch final day clash with Manchester United, according to reports. The influential Foxes playmaker is said to have doubled his wages at the King Power Stadium by tying the former Coventry man down to a new long-term contract which would keep him at the club until 2025. Those fresh terms, talkSPORT claim, will see Maddison earn around £95,000 a week, making him one of the Foxes' top earners behind Jamie Vardy, who is reportedly paid £120,000. Maddison has impressed since moving to the King Power Stadium in a £22m deal from Norwich City, scoring 18 times in 76 appearances, form which has also seen him called into Gareth Southgate's England squad. We're testing a new site: This content is coming soon Maddison has been linked with the Old Trafford club, and his Foxes side can assure a Champions League place by beating the Red Devils this afternoon, but the 23-year-old won't be able to impact matters on the pitch, as he misses the game as his recovery from a hip injury continues. Speaking earlier in the year amid speculation about his future, Maddison reiterated his desire to stay with the Foxes and play in the Champions League. "Of course I am. It was one of the best decisions I've made, coming here. I love it. "We just want to finish and try to secure one of those spaces because Champions League football is something I've always wanted to [play]." Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the Premier League game between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers. — Team news N'Golo Kante has missed Chelsea's last five matches and but he trained ahead of tonight's game and could feature. Fikayo Tomori and Billy Gilmour are definitely out. Wolves has no injury or suspension issues ahead of this game. — Premier League form Chelsea: LWWLWL Wolves: WLLWDW — STAT: Chelsea is unbeaten in all five of its Premier League home games against Wolves, last losing against it in the top flight at Stamford Bridge in March 1979. — Wolves will be looking to become the latest side to exploit Chelsea's defensive fragility. It heads into the game with little momentum on its side. Back-to-back losses to Arsenal and Sheffield United killed Wolves' top-four hopes, but it has since defeated Everton and Crystal Palace while drawing against Burnley. Like Chelsea, Wolves will have also an eye on other results. It is in a fight to finish above Tottenham Hotspur - one point behind in seventh - and secure Europa League football next season. — Want to keep an eye on the Leicester vs Manchester United match while following the Chelsea vs Wolves game? We got you covered. There's live coverage of the game from King Power Stadium too. — So what do Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester City need to do to qualify for Champions League nex season? We have an explainer to address this question. — If Chelsea loses today, does it mean an end to its Champions League qualification hopes? Not quiet. The Blues could actually lose to Wolves and still finish in the top four, if Manchester United defeats Leicester City in of the other final day clashes. The same applies if Chelsea draws against Wolves. — Frank Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri and has operating under transfer constraints while losing star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. A top-four finish for Chelsea and FA Cup silverware would definitely make this an impressive maiden campaign at Stamford Bridge for the ex-Chelsea star. The furst of those goals can be reached with a win against Wolves, which would take Chelsea to 66 points for the season — six fewer than it managed in Sarri's last season — but crucially sealing a spot in the top four. — Chelsea hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge today with their European fates in their own hands. The Blues are fourth, occupying the final Champions League qualifying spot, while Wolves is in sixth, which would be enough to seal another season of Europa League football. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Close