I do my share of distance running and it’s not uncommon to see people limping over the finish line.
Wolves currently resemble the same frail old man you seem to encounter at all these events, straining every sinew just to complete the race.
We made Brighton look like prime Mo Farah last weekend in what has to be the biggest surrender in recent times.
There have been a few whippings – Burnley, West Ham and Liverpool last season come to mind – but none where the team looked quite so disjointed.
Conjuring a result at Stamford Bridge would be a timely tonic, but turning it around after last Saturday feels like a marathon task.
The Blues are also crawling to the line. Like Wolves they’ve been wedged in the table for ages and now need a few more points to ensure they at least hold their ground.
Arsenal are just three points back, albeit with a far inferior goal difference, but there’s work still to be done in the final four games if they’re to secure third place. They do at least have an FA Cup final to look forward to, even if it is against Liverpool.
One win in four for Thomas Tuchel’s side and defeat to lowly Everton last weekend has compounded a miserable period for the Londoners after losing in the Champions League and seeing their long-time benefactor make an acrimonious exit.
It seems like another billionaire will be riding to the rescue, but they may have to be more self-sufficient moving forward.
Their home form is surprisingly spotty with just 8 wins from 16 matches but it should be noted two of the three defeats came at the hands of Man City and Arsenal.
Both N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have had injury problems in recent weeks and could be doubts ahead of tomorrow’s game.
It was great to have Ruben back against Brighton and a relief to know his withdrawal at half-time was pre-planned. We’ll need him to do a longer stint tomorrow.
Personally, I’d look to plug that midfield and give ourselves a solid foundation to ensure we avoid the sort of collapse we saw last time.
I wouldn’t be against bringing Toti or Mosquera into that back three to give us some energy, but it would be a big ask for them in a tough fixture.
We haven’t heard anything about Semedo yet, but I assume he’s out for the season. That looked a nasty one and can’t imagine he’ll return this month.
Trincao has been frozen out lately, suggesting he’s one his way back to Barcelona, but he’s looked decent combining with Jonny at times so might be worth one last go. Ultimately, that front line needs a complete re-imagining over the summer.
Last time out
We’re unbeaten in our last three against Chelsea after the stalemate at Molineux in December. Podence had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside and Sa made a good save late-on to deny Pulisic in what was a largely forgettable game.
It was another shutout in this fixture last season as Wolves dug in to deny Tuchel a win in his first game in charge. We’d beaten them 2-1 at Molineux earlier in the campaign thanks to Pedro Neto’s brilliant late winner.
Only two people thought Brighton would score three and both of them were 4-3 home win predictions, so no maximum scores in the Predicton League last time out.
Brompton Wolf remains clear at the top of the overall table at the end of Gameweek 34.
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A note from Dougie about an end of season Bloggers catch-up: I noticed that some bloggers have enquired about a bloggers bash ahead of the Norwich match. A few of us have a booking for early evening on Saturday 14 May at Rocco Restaurant in Darlington Street. I’m happy for people to contact me via email if they’d like to join us (firstname.lastname@example.org).