Tammy Abraham Reflects on Flying Chelsea Start & Fikayo Tomori Wonder Goal After Wolves Win

​Tammy Abraham has declared that he hopes ‘this can be my season’ after racing to the top of the Premier League scoring charts following his superb hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-2 win over Wolves on Saturday.

After being handed the number nine shirt at the start of the season, Abraham has firmly cemented his place as the Blues’ number one striker after seven goals in his opening five league matches.

He opened his account at Molineux with a smart a turn and shot in the box, before adding another before half-time with a well-guided header. It would have been three successive braces for the 21-year-old, but unwilling to finish without the match-ball he burst past Conor Coady to wrap up his performance in style.

Speaking on Chelsea’s ​official website, Abraham revealed his aspirations for the season, crossing his fingers that this could be his breakthrough season: “I’ve been working hard and hopefully this can be my season. It’s up to me to keep showing the gaffer (Frank Lampard) in every game and training session that I’m hungry and I want success.

“He told me at half-time to stay on and get the hat-trick so I believed and stayed focused. I’ve just got to be ready to take every chance that comes my way with both hands. I’m working hard and I’m just delighted to see that pay off with my goals (on Saturday) as well as the three points.”

Frank Lampard

After a nervy opening to the game, the deadlock was broken in the black country via a stunning strike from ​Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, who scored a stunning long-range goal with his first shot in ​Premier League football. 

Abraham joked afterwards when the ball fell to the 21-year-old, he was desperate for his teammate not to pull the trigger, before being taken aback by the quality of the strike.

“I was thinking ‘don’t shoot, Fikayo’ but everyone is delighted for him. In training, he’s been trying it every day and smashing windows but (against Wolves) it paid off – it was a great strike,” he added. 

“We (he, Tomori and Mount) were the last people off the pitch because we were discussing how we’ve all scored in the same game for Chelsea. We’ve dreamt of that since we were little boys and we made it happen.”


Wolves 2-5 Chelsea: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Tammy Abraham Runs Riot in Mad Molineux Encounter

Tammy Abraham bagged a stunning hat-trick as Chelsea put in their strongest performance of the season so far against Wolverhampton Wanderers, dominating the home side from start to finish and running out 5-2 winners at Molineux. 

Chelsea took the lead through a stunning strike from young defender Fikayo Tomori, curling the ball into the top-right corner 25 yards from goal. Abraham doubled the lead on 34 minutes, rolling his defender and cooly slotting home. 

Abraham put the game beyond the home side on the stroke of half-time, heading in a lovely Marcos Alonso cross. The 21-year-old completed his hat-trick early in the second half, twisting his defender inside-out before lashing past Patricio once again. 

Roman Saiss pulled a goal back for Wolves with 20 minutes to go and an own goal from Abraham added a late second, but it proved to be too little too late for the home side. 

Mason Mount put the finishing touches on the victory with a last-minute strike for the away side. 

​Wolverhampton Wanderers

Key Talking Point 

​Wolves surprised everybody last season with the most impressive debut top-flight campaign the Premier League has ever seen. The Midlands club claimed a place in this year’s Europa League and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup, whilst putting in some excellent performances against the top teams along the way. 


Many expected Nuno Espirito Santo’s side to pick up from where they left off this season, but with the extra demands of European competition, Wolves seem to be struggling to recapture last year’s form and intensity. 

With less time to prepare for each game, and constant travelling for the first few months of the campaign, Wolves fans may want to avoid the league table for a wee while. 

Player Ratings 

Starting XI: ​Patricio (4); Traore (4), Vallejo (4), Coady (4), Dendocker (4), Jonny (4); Moutinho (4), Neves (5), Saiss (5); Jota (5), Jimenez (4)

Substitutes: Cutrone (6), Doherty (5), Gibbs-White (5)

STAR MAN – It’s almost impossible to pick a star performer from a Wolves side which looked completely outclassed and clueless against Lampard’s Chelsea, but here goes. 

Patrick Cutrone gave a good account of himself when he entered the pitch in the second half. The Italian striker added a real physical edge to Wolves’ forward line and gave the Chelsea defence a lot more to think about. 

That’s it really. 


Key Talking Point 

A lot has been made of ​Chelsea’s fluid and attacking style under Frank Lampard, which has left them overloaded and outnumbered when defending. Their open and fragile performances forced the Chelsea boss into a tactical switch, adopting a 3-5-2 formation on Saturday afternoon. 


It’s safe to say, the system change suited his players down to the ground. Wolves struggled to break down the Blues’ organised defence, and the London side swarmed forward to devastating effect. Goals, goals, goals. 

The Lampard era is underway at Stamford Bridge. 

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Arrizabalaga (7); Azpilicueta (7), Tomori (8), Rudiger (8), Christensen (7), Alonso (8); Jorginho (8), Kovacic (7), Mount (8); Willian (8), Abraham (9)

Substitutes: Zouma (7), Barkley (6), Batshuayi (6)

STAR MAN – You have to be chuffed for this guy. Abraham looked slightly lost during his opening displays for the Blues, and cut a devastated figure when he missed the decisive penalty in the UEFA Super Cup final against Liverpool. 

Since then, the youngster has gone from strength to strength, and his hat-trick was nothing less than he deserved against Wolves on Saturday. 

Abraham caused endless problems for the Wolves backline, using his pace and strength to bully the cowering defenders. Each finish was as impressive as the last, and the former Aston Villa loanee demonstrated why Lampard has kept faith in the Blues starlet. 

We won’t mention the own goal. 

Looking Ahead 

Wolves follow up this disappointing display against Chelsea with a midweek Europa League match at home to Portuguese side Braga, and then the Midlands club travel to Crystal Palace in their next Premier League fixture. 

Chelsea will be keen to continue their progress under Lampard when they entertain Spanish side Valencia in the Champions League, and then host European champions Liverpool in what will be the new Blues boss’ toughest test to date. 


Twitter Reacts as Chelsea Batter Wolves Thanks to a Hat-Trick From Tammy Abraham

The wheels are finally in motion for Frank Lampard at Chelsea, as the Blues legend claimed a hugely impressive 5-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon. 

A hat-trick from English starlet Tammy Abraham, as well as strikes from Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount gave the West London side the three points against an underwhelming Wolves. 

Lampard shocked most of the ​Chelsea fanbase when the starting XI was announced, and the former England international had switched to a back three, much to the confusion of many. 

Lampard’s boys, however, got off to a flyer, thanks to an absolute screamer from young centre-back Tomori. 

But the headlines belonged to Abraham, bagging a brilliant hat-trick for the away side. His goals were fantastic, and you all found a niche comparison to make with another Chelsea favourite. 

Some of you were less easily impressed however. 

The 21-year-old’s strikes were all incredible, but ​Wolves were also pretty dreadful. It seems that a lot of people are starting to have their doubts over the Midlands club this year…

Even a brave Watford fan tried to pipe up, but didn’t quite have the heart to see out his banter. 

So Chelsea go marching on, and the love for Frank Lampard is only just beginning… 

Some of us maybe got a little bit too carried away – but only time will tell.


Wolves vs Chelsea: Incredible Stats Give Blues Underdog Status in Potentially Thrilling Affair

​On paper, Wolves vs Chelsea seems like a pretty tight affair, with little to separate the two evenly matched teams.

Despite football being played on a football pitch and not a piece of paper, some startling stats suggest that it is going to be an uphill battle for Blues, with the signs (perhaps) pointing to a home team victory.

Yes, Wolves haven’t won a game in the Premier League yet, this season. But the stats never lie. Don’t believe us? Let’s dive in and take a closer look.

Frank Lampard,Kurt Zouma

Wolves are unbeaten in their last two games against Chelsea, winning one and drawing one. Before that, they had incredibly only won one of their first eight games against the Blues, losing all seven others. They will be pleased this horrible run is over.

​Chelsea have only won three Premier League away games in 2019, and every single one had been against a newly promoted side, something Wolves are no longer. Another reason to be optimistic for Wolves fans, and less so for Blues fans.

A draw is a result that is unlikely to be on the cards too, as the last 13 fixtures between the sides at Molineux ended up with an outright winner – with ​Wolves edging the numbers with seven wins to Chelsea’s six.

As mentioned, Wolves haven’t won a Premier League game yet this season, with three draws and a loss to their name. However, they have won the most games in all competitions out of every Premier League side.

How, you may ask? Their Europa League qualifying run was a major success, with six wins from a possible six.

Chelsea may also be worried by the form of Raul Jimenez, who was also the only player to score home and away against them in the 2018/19 season.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for Frank Lampard’s men. Wolves are yet to lead for a single minute in the Premier League this season, and if this remains the case this weekend, then Chelsea won’t lose the game. Obviously.

60% of the goals Wolves have conceded so far this season have come in the opening 15 minutes, while 33% of the goals Chelsea have scored have come during this period. 

So a simple recipe for victory for the Blues. Score in the first 15 minutes, then there’s no way they can lose. Lampard, take note.


Tammy Abraham will be eyeing up a record to put him next to Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli. They are the only two players who have scored two or more goals in a game three times in a row. The striker bagged braces against Norwich and Sheffield United and will be hoping to get another this weekend.

So there we have it. If you believe the numbers and statisticians. there is going to be a winner in this game. A draw is impossible. Wolves are the likely winners with Jimenez shining again. However, an early Chelsea goal and they win.

If only it was that simple. 

If it was, I’d be a millionaire. 


The Premier League Ground That Provides the Most Excitement Revealed

Watford may have had a rather miserable start to the 2019/20 season, but Vicarage Road has been dubbed the ‘most exciting Premier League stadium’. It is the top flight venue that most often sees both teams score, as well as doing consistently well across the board.

The Crown Ground, otherwise known as the Wham Stadium, and home to League One club Accrington Stanley, is the most exciting across all of England’s top four divisions, while Luton’s Kenilworth Road, Peterborough’s London Road, MK Dons’ Stadium MK and Swindon’s County Ground all do well in terms of providing the most overall excitement.

There is much more drama in the cutthroat and rollercoaster world of the EFL.

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Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge comes out as the second most exciting Premier League stadium, 25th overall, with St James’ Park the third most exciting in the top flight. Old Trafford is the seventh most exciting in the Premier League, with the Emirates Stadium ninth and Anfield 12th.

The least exciting stadium across all of the top four leagues is St Andrew’s, home to Birmingham and also currently shared by the otherwise home-less Coventry City this season.

With research conducted by bwin, a range of factors have gone into determining this, including how many goals are scored, as well as red cards, 0-0s, hat-tricks, penalties, 90th minute goals. Even things like relegations, promotions and titles wins have been taken into account.

Craig Cathcart,Troy Deeney

The findings have revealed that Vicarage Road in particular is the Premier League venue where both teams are most likely to score at least one goal. That is because it happens 56% of matches, with goals at both ends offering more ‘excitement’ than one-sided games.

Old Trafford is the Premier League stadium with the lowest chance of both teams scoring, as it only happens 44% of the time, but title wins – both for Manchester United themselves, as well as famously Arsenal in 2002 – also boost the excitement factor.

Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is the place that offers the highest scoring encounters, with 5+ goals per game happening there on average four times per season. A penalty is also awarded at the Etihad every 243 minutes. But penalties at St Mary’s only happen every 447 minutes.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Bramall Lane, home to Sheffield United, will typically see a red card on average once every 409 minutes, the most frequent of any of the current Premier League stadiums.

One major thing in favour of Vicarage Road is that it has seen 15 cup upsets (FA Cup or EFL Cup), where a team from a lower division has knocked out a team from a higher one. That is not necessarily good for Watford as it can go both ways, but it does make for an exciting venue.

Premier League Stadiums Ranked by ‘Most Exciting’

PL Rank Stadium​ Overall Rank
​1st ​Vicarage Road (Watford) ​8th
​2nd ​Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) ​25th
​3rd ​St James’ Park (Newcastle) 29th​
​4th Carrow Road (Norwich)​ 36th​
​5th Eithad Stadium (Man City)​ 37th​
​6th Bramall Lane (Sheffield Utd)​ 38th​
​7th Old Trafford (Man Utd)​ 43rd​
​8th Turf Moor (Burnley)​ 50th​
​9th Emirates Stadium (Arsenal)​ 51st​
​10th Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)​ 53rd​
​11th King Power Stadium (Leicester)​ 54th​
​12th Anfield (Liverpool)​ 55th​
​13th Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth)​ 61st​
​14th *Tottenham Hotspur/White Hart Lane (Tottenham)​ 64th​
​15th Molineux (Wolves)​ 69th​
​16th Goodison Park (Everton)​ 74th​
​17th London Stadium (West Ham)​ 75th​
​18th Villa Park (Aston Villa)​ 83rd​
​19th St Mary’s (Southampton)​ 84th​
​20th Amex Stadium (Brighton)​ 86th​

*White Hart Lane included alongside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for more rounded picture given that the newer venue only opened as recently as April.