3 things learned as Wolves stun Chelsea


Wolves – Chelsea was a classic encounter, as Olivier Giroud gave the Blues the lead but Daniel Podence equalized and Pedro Neto scored a 95th minute winner to seal a stunning comeback win.

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Christian Pulisic was superb in the first half but Frank Lampard switched him from the left flank to the right and Chelsea struggled to create much after that as they missed the chance to go top of the Premier League table.

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Chelsea had plenty of the ball throughout but Wolves, without Raul Jimenez, secured their first win in three after hanging in there and causing a threat on the break.

Wolves move on to 20 points with the win, just two behind Chelsea, as Lampard’s side have now lost back-to-back games in the Premier League.

Three things we learned from Wolves – Chelsea

1. Pulisic razor sharp; Otasowie shows up on debut: USMNT teenager Owen Otasowie had a really good 45 minutes on his Premier League debut, as the teenager popped up everywhere in midfield on the inside right channel, got an assist on the equalizer and almost grabbed a goal but Semedo played the ball behind him. It was a very promising debut for the young midfielder/defender who should get plenty of minutes over the festive period. As for Pulisic, he was razor sharp in the first 38 minutes when he was on the left as he ripped Nelson Semedo apart, but then Lampard switched him to the right flank. It was a bizarre decision, which we broke down in ‘Pulisic Watch’ here, and Pulisic’s switch from the left coincided with Chelsea struggling to create in the final third. That said, it was great to see him go the full 90 minutes for the first time in the Premier League since July.

2. Havertz struggling to get up to speed: This was another poor showing from the German attacker and the 21-year-old is struggling to get up to the pace of the Premier League, as he’s scored just one goal this season so far. After his $83 million move from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, Havertz looks lost in this Chelsea system. He should probably be playing up top on his own and be given the freedom to roam around, but instead he’s asked to play centrally or out on the right, and he’s just not strong enough to dictate the tempo of the game from a slightly deeper role. If he’s going to get the most of a player he clearly trusts, Lampard needs to be brave and play Havertz up top instead of Abraham or Giroud.

3. Shot-shy Wolves prove they can cope without Jimenez: This game marked Wolves’ longest run without a goal (285 minutes) since they returned to the Premier League in 2018, but then Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto proved they can cope without long-term absentee Raul Jimenez. Pedro Neto was brilliant on the counter and Adama Traore came on and made an impact despite picking up a few knocks. Podence can create and Neto can finish, so those two should help ease the blow of Jimenez being out, while Fabio Silva is showing enough that he can chip in too.

Man of the Match: Daniel Podence – Grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half (after he had been grabbed around the neck by Ben Chilwell) and dominated the game after N’Golo Kante shut him down in the first half. Great goal and the Portuguese playmaker is a wizard. 

Wolves started well as Nelson Semedo surged forward and Romain Saiss headed over, but Chelsea looked dangerous for most of the first half.

Pulisic was at the heart of everything good Chelsea did, as the USMNT star buzzed down the left wing time and time again, with Werner and Giroud going close, as the latter headed over from a corner.

Pedro Neto then saw his volley pushed away by Edouard Mendy as the hosts got going, while at the other end Giroud’s header appeared to hit Coady on the arm but VAR didn’t award a penalty kick.

Right on half time a towering heading from Kurt Zouma cannoned off the bar and Giroud couldn’t convert the rebound which just hit him a yard out.

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USMNT teenager Owen Otasowie came on at half time for his Premier League debut, but moments later Chelsea were ahead.

After Werner found Chilwell, his cross found Giroud and he hammered a volley on goal which Patricio saved brilliantly, but the ball just squirmed over the line.

Fabio Silva then slotted home but he was clearly offside as Chelsea were let off the hook.

Podence then delivered a moment of magic as he danced past Reece James and Ben Chilwell and beat Mendy at his near post to make it 1-1.

Wolves almost won it late on as Semedo was put through but he passed to Otasowie instead of shooting, and the chance came and went.

Real drama arrived as Pedro Neto won a penalty kick but VAR told the referee to look at the pitch-side monitor and he correctly took the penalty away as Reece James did not trip Neto.

Incensed by that decision, Neto surged forward in the 95th minute and beat James for pace and slammed home the winner across goal as Chelsea were hit with a sucker-punch on the counter and Lampard could hardly believe it.

UEFA Champions League Final: Key battles for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Manchester City’s quest for the treble hits its final obstacle when Inter Milan goes toe-to-toe with the Premier League and FA Cup champions in Istanbul at Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final.

Pep Guardiola’s weren’t at their very best against Manchester United in the FA Cup Final and still walked away with its second trophy of the season.

But City’s final two Premier League matches saw dropped points. The stakes were non-existent and the team quite changed by Guardiola, who’s known to fancy a tactical wrinkle. How will things change this weekend?

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It would be stunning if Inter boss Simone Inzaghi came out in anything but a 3-5-2, which has been his go-to formation for Inter Milan this season regardless of opponent.

But might Inzaghi have something up his sleeve?

Inter’s only losses in the Champions League came in the group stage versus Bayern Munich. Add in their setbacks in Serie A and there’s still been no standard recipe for beating Inter. There isn’t one for Man City, either, of course.

Kevin De Bruyne vs Marcelo Brozovic

If there’s a single player capable of messing with Pep Guardiola’s plan to control the game and get the ball to his creators in dangerous spots, it’s Croatian veteran Marcelo Brozovic. The 30-year-old is a force who can both be the club’s metronome and break up the opposition’s best attacks. There are few players in the world like De Bruyne, but he needs to be found in space and City needs the ball to do that. Brozovic can be a big part of limiting both of those things.

Erling Haaland vs Francesco Acerbi

Maybe the two names need to be switched in order, because Acerbi is going to have his hands full with Haaland. The question is whether the 35-year-old Acerbi, still very good but no longer in his prime, can use his nous and vast experience to limit Haaland’s chances to do the exceptional. Haaland, meanwhile, just has to be himself. Ask yourself who’s being asked more.

Andre Onana vs Man City’s attack

Picking one player, even Haaland or De Bruyne, for this battle is unfair to the exercise because let’s be real. There is no chance that Inter Milan wins this game without a supreme moment or two from its goalkeeper. Andre Onana has played every Champions League match for Inter and has had his fair share of outstanding performances. He’s outperformed expected goals on target by 6.7 goals over the course of the tournament.

Manchester City vs Inter Milan: How to watch Champions League Final, odds, predictions


Manchester City is on the chase for a historic treble and standing in the way is Inter Milan, one of Europe’s precious few clubs to claim such an honor.

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The Premier League winners three times running have an FA Cup under their belt after beating Manchester United on June 3 and the final jewel in their treble crown awaits with a win in Istanbul on June 10.

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Pep Guardiola could lead a second club to a treble after he did it with Barcelona in 2008-09, and they would give heated rivals United domestic company on the treble stage right down the road.

Guardiola says it’s now okay to talk about the treble. We agree, and we’ve laid out why the achievement is so special after the jump.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan.

How to watch Manchester City vs Inter Milan live, stream link and start time

Dates: 3pm ET June 10, 2023
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What Premier League clubs have won the treble?

Manchester United won the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in 1998-99.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils are the lone Premier League club to win it.

That’s it. For now.

How many times has the treble been won?

Nine times in history has a team won its domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


Champions League Final odds (Betting odds provided by our partner, BetMGM )

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Man City (-250) vs Inter Milan (+625) | Draw over 120 mins (+380)

Over 2.5 goals (-160). Under 2.5 goals (+110)

Champions League Final predictions

Joe Prince-Wright: Man City 2-1 Inter Milan
Andy Edwards: Man City 3-1 Inter Milan
Nick Mendola: Man City 2-0 Inter Milan

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup options


Inter Milan team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Joaquin Correa. OUT: Dalbert.

How many times has a team won the treble? Man City goes for history


There’s been a lot of treble talk these days, talk that’s found a new level of buzz since Manchester City moved within one win of joining the club.

It’s an elite club, by the way, of teams that have won their domestic league, top domestic cup, and the European Cup.

Nine times in history has a team won the treble, and only once has it been done by a Premier League club.

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That’s why Man City’s defeat of Manchester United earlier this month in the FA Cup Final rings so true for the Citizens; The blue side of Manchester would join the red side as treble supporters, as United won the treble in 1998-99.

Man City goes for the third jewel of its treble crown on Saturday versus Inter Milan in Istanbul when it kicks off the UEFA Champions League Final.

For more treble trivia, head below the jump.

How many times has the treble been won?

Bayern Munich and Barcelona have each done it twice, with Bayern doing it in 2012-13 and 2019-20 and Barca pulling it off in 2008-09 and 2014-15.

Celtic was the first to win a treble, doing it in 1966-67, while Ajax was the next in 1971-72.

PSV Eindhoven then won it in 1987-88 before Man United made it happen 11 years later. Inter Milan is the only Italian team to pull it off, winning in 2009-10.


UEFA Champions League odds, predictions for Inter Milan vs Manchester City


Erling Haaland to score a goal at -165? Man City to win at -200?

Yep, Manchester City are the clear favorites to win the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final in Istanbul on Saturday, and the oddsmakers are daring prognosticators to select Inter Milan as treble-ruining upstarts.

In fact, Haaland’s odds to bag a brace, at +350, are better than most players’ odds of scoring at all, with the Norwegian forward’s running mates all around him.

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The only Inter Milan player inside the top ten best odds to score on Saturday is Lautaro Martinez, with “no goal scorer” appearing before the next Inter player’s name arrives on the list (Romelu Lukaku).

How about a correct score? The most likely outcomes are, in order according to BetMGM, 1-0 Man City, 2-0 Man City, and 1-1 after 120 minutes.

And if Inter wins, the odds suggest that 1-0 is the likeliest finish (although 0-0 has better odds).

Champions League Final odds

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Inter Milan (+500) vs Man City (-200) | Draw (+333)

Over/under: Over 3.5 goals (+200). Under 3.5 goals (-275)

Man City to lift the trophy (-450)

Inter to lift the trophy (+275)

Both teams to score (-110)

Champions League Final predictions

Inter Milan is going to surprise many with its quality of play and may even get on the board, but it’s difficult to predict anything but a Manchester City win, isn’t it? Let’s call it a fitting three goals for the treble winners, with Inter nabbing one to keep it interesting in Istanbul.