Chelsea face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday knowing they must win to secure a Champions League finish.
The Blues were engaged in an 8-goal thriller on Wednesday night, albeit losing 5-3 to Premier League champions Liverpool at Anfield, tempering their top 4 hopes.
With Manchester United and Leicester squaring off, Chelsea’s inferior goal difference to both of those sides means a point isn’t good enough to qualify.
Simply put, Chelsea must beat Wolves on Sunday to guarantee a Champions League berth.
For Wolves, European football is sewn up – albeit in the form of the Europa League – a competition which they are yet to complete this season.
Nuno Espirito Santo is guaranteed his side are playing in the Europa League next season regardless, but if they win this season’s edition of the competition, they will be rewarded with a more profitable Champions League place.
Wolves will play Chelsea with a clean bill of health – although Raul Jimenez may sit this one out after the birth of his daughter just a few days ago.
For Chelsea, Ross Barkley is expected to return to the fold after recovering from a bout of illness, whilst N’Golo Kante may have recovered from a hamstring strain in time for Sunday.
Teenage midfielder Billy Gilmour will remain absent until next season after damaging the meniscus in his knee earlier this month.
Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.