With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with this weekend's opponents...
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Chelsea and Wolves lock horns in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2011/12. The teams also met at the Bridge in the third round of the League Cup since then, the Blues running out 6-0 victors in September 2012. That means the Londoners have beaten Wolves on their past five visits to the Bridge in all competitions by an aggregate of 20 goals to two.
That sequence began 15 years ago this month with a see-saw 5-2 win for Claudio Ranieri’s side. Mario Melchiot opened Chelsea’s account but the Dave Jones-managed Midlanders responded with two goals either side of the interval. Frank Lampard restored parity before substitute Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink struck decisively three times.
The 4-0 in November 2009 was prosaic in comparison. Carlo Ancelotti watched his team hit three before half-time, then handed debuts to Nemanja Matic and Gael Kakuta after Joe Cole made it four.
A 2-0 the following October kept the defending champions top of the league, Florent Malouda and his second-half replacement Salomon Kalou doing the damage (already their seventh and sixth goals of the season respectively).
Wanderers’ most recent visit in November 2011 was another that was virtually concluded by half-time, as John Terry, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata, who set up the previous two, found a way past Wayne Hennessy before the break.
On the evening of 10 March 1905 the sports news agency J E Dixon & Co. sent out the following press release: ‘It has been decided to form a professional football club, to be called the Chelsea Football Club, for Stamford-bridge.’ Within three years Chelsea would have the highest average home attendance in the country.
Wolves could achieve a league double against Chelsea for the first time since 1974/75, when the Blues were relegated to the old Second Division.
Veteran Ron Harris was playing in March 1979 the last time Wolves scooped all the points at Stamford Bridge, a few weeks before we again suffered the drop. Tommy Langley opened the scoring but goals from John Richards and Bill Rafferty secured a 2-1 win for the visitors.
OUR LAST PREMIER LEAGUE MEETING AT THE BRIDGE
CHELSEA 3 WOLVES 0
Premier League, 26.11.2011, 3pm
Chelsea (4-3-3) Cech; Ivanovic (Bosingwa 76), David Luiz, Terry (c), A Cole; Ramires, Romeu, Meireles (Lampard 69); Sturridge, Drogba (Torres 76), Mata.
Manager Andre Villa-Boas
Scorers: Terry 6, Sturridge 29, Mata 45
Wolves (4-2-3-1) Hennessey; Zubar (Forde 75), Johnson (c), Berra, Elokobi; Henry, Milijas (Ebanks-Blake 37); Jarvis, Edwards, Ward; Fletcher (Guedioura 83).
Manager Mick McCarthy
Booked Edwards, Henry
Referee Lee Mason
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-2 Wolves - 30/08/1958
Chelsea 1-5 Wolves - 30/04/1960