21 December 2020 20:35
Chelsea host rivals West Ham to Stamford Bridge tonight for what be an electric London derby. While there will be no fans present at the Bridge for the clash, Frank Lampard and David Moyes' sides will want to put on a show with pride - and points - at stake in the west of the capital. Chelsea's +£200million summer transfer spending has made them obligatory title Premier League challengers whether Lampard wants to pressure or not, and two League defeats on the bounce means a win is vital for the Blues - especially with Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester City all picking up big wins. As for West Ham, Moyes has defied expectations with a side that sits just a point behind Chelsea after 13 games - and the Hammers will fancy an upset. Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta start for Chelsea, with Kai Havertz benched and Reece James rested.
Michail Antonio remains out for the visitors, but Jarrod Bowen and Fabian Balbuena are fit to play. With kick-off at 8pm GMT, follow the action on our LIVE match blog. Hello and welcome to live coverage of a London derby between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard and David Moyes lock horns as west meets east in the capital for some very temporary bragging rights until the two sides meet later on in the season. Lampard's team are suffering a little dip in form as they have lost their last two matches, both away from home, to Everton and Wolves.
The 21-year-old winger made a £71m move to Stamford Bridge over the summer following his superb displays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. But he has yet to repeat that form in England, with Havertz having scored just once in the Premier League so far. "He is playing a bit deeper at Chelsea and I think if he starts arriving in the penalty area a bit more then we will start to see the best of him. "He is a good player and there is more to come, but he looks like a character who needs a bit of time to settle. Hoddle remains confident that Havertz will come good along with Timo Werner, who is also going through something of a difficult spell.
Barnes nodded in at the back post to put the hosts ahead from Charlie Taylor's cross following a swift counter-attack in the first half. Chris Wood then reacted quickest to thump in from close range and double Burnley's lead as Wolves failed to clear a free-kick after the break. Teenager Fabio Silva fired in from the penalty spot for his first Wolves goal late on but the hosts were able to see out their victory. It is only the second time Burnley have scored more than once in a top-flight game this season, and they could have had more. Josh Brownhill whipped an effort on to the crossbar and Rui Patricio saved well to deny Wood after neat footwork from the New Zealand forward. Burnley boss Dyche continues to eke the best out of his squad and both he and the club's potential new owners will be delighted by their recent revival after a slow start to the season. Dyche will hope whoever buys the club will do so in time for some January squad investment, but in the meantime his team are hitting form. Burnley were the division's lowest scorers and had managed just six goals in 12 games before this fixture, but Dyche promised the "stats will start paying us back". He was proved right as both his strikers found the net, with Barnes heading in for his first goal since a 3-0 win at Watford in November last year and Wood on target for his third goal of the season. It was the first time the hosts have scored twice in a Premier League game at Turf Moor since February, but no less than they deserved. Substitute Josh Benson's foul on Silva in the penalty box made it an unnecessarily nervy last few minutes. But before that Ben Mee and James Tarkowski once again looked almost unbeatable in the heart of the Clarets' defence as they limited the visitors to very few opportunities. Player of the match Tarkowski James Tarkowski with an average of 6.90 Burnley Burnley Burnley Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers Burnley Avg Squad number 5 Player name Tarkowski Average rating 6.90 Squad number 1 Player name Pope Average rating 6.83 Squad number 3 Player name Taylor Average rating 6.78 Squad number 8 Player name Brownhill Average rating 6.76 Squad number 10 Player name Barnes Average rating 6.72 Squad number 18 Player name Westwood Average rating 6.69 Squad number 9 Player name Wood Average rating 6.63 Squad number 12 Player name Brady Average rating 6.60 Squad number 6 Player name Mee Average rating 6.52 Squad number 11 Player name McNeil Average rating 6.48 Squad number 23 Player name Pieters Average rating 6.38 Squad number 2 Player name Lowton Average rating 6.36 Squad number 19 Player name Rodriguez Average rating 6.29 Squad number 41 Player name Benson Average rating 5.28 Wolverhampton Wanderers Avg Squad number 17 Player name Fábio Silva Average rating 5.59 Squad number 7 Player name Pedro Neto Average rating 5.28 Squad number 10 Player name Daniel Podence Average rating 5.27 Squad number 11 Player name Rui Patrício Average rating 5.16 Squad number 37 Player name Traoré Average rating 4.98 Squad number 16 Player name Coady Average rating 4.79 Squad number 28 Player name João Moutinho Average rating 4.70 Squad number 49 Player name Kilman Average rating 4.70 Squad number 54 Player name Otasowie Average rating 4.67 Squad number 8 Player name Rúben Neves Average rating 4.62 Squad number 27 Player name Saïss Average rating 4.53 Squad number 20 Player name Vitinha Average rating 4.48 Squad number 3 Player name Aït-Nouri Average rating 4.29 Squad number 22 Player name Nélson Semedo Average rating 4.25 Live Text Line-ups Burnley 1 Pope 12 Brady Substituted for Pieters at 69' minutes 11 McNeil Substituted for Benson at 87' minutes 10 Barnes Substituted for Rodriguez at 82' minutes Booked at 90mins Substitutes 15 Peacock-Farrell 41 Benson Wolves 11 Rui Patrício 8 Neves Substituted for Vitinha at 76' minutes 3 Aït-Nouri Substituted for Traoré at 60' minutes 54 Otasowie Booked at 45mins Substituted for Fábio Silva at 60' minutes 60 Corbeanu Referee: Lee Mason Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Burnley 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Post update Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Post update Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Booking Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul. Post update Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Post update VAR Decision: No card change João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Post update Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Post update Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing. Post update Foul by Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers). Post update Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Goal! Burnley 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. Post update Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fábio Silva draws a foul in the penalty area. Post update Penalty conceded by Josh Benson (Burnley) after a foul in the penalty area. Josh Benson replaces Dwight McNeil because of an injury. Post update Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing. Post update Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley). Post update Attempt blocked. Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.