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The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Centre by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, save by Petr Cech.
Didier Drogba sends in a cross, comfortable save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Christophe Berra receives a caution. The referee penalises Christophe Berra for handball. Free kick crossed by Didier Drogba.
Shot from just outside the area by Michael Essien misses to the left of the target.
Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.
Steven Fletcher replaces Matthew Jarvis.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Kevin Doyle.
A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba.
Kevin Foley sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Kevin Foley. Shot comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Salomon Kalou finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton.Michael Essien provided the assist for the goal.
Yuri Zhirkov leaves the field to be replaced by Joshua McEachran.
Salomon Kalou finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Michael Essien.
David Edwards takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Salomon Kalou.
Paulo Ferreira on for Jose Bosingwa.
The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Nenad Milijas.
The ball is swung over by Michael Essien, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line, clearance made by Richard Stearman.
Mikel produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Booking for Mikel for unsporting behaviour. Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Edwards. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
Florent Malouda goes off and Salomon Kalou comes on. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Jones.
Corner taken left-footed by David Jones to the near post, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Kevin Doyle. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
Kevin Doyle fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Nenad Milijas delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Christophe Berra misses to the right of the target.
Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt. Nenad Milijas takes the direct free kick.
Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Foley. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Edwards, clearance by Michael Essien.
Nenad Milijas delivers the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Shot from just outside the area by Nicolas Anelka goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Richard Stearman produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Michael Essien gets a block in.
Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Petr Cech makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Yuri Zhirkov played to the near post, clearance by Richard Stearman.
The ball is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, Headed effort from close range by Didier Drogba goes wide left of the goal.
Ashley Cole produces a cross, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Matthew Jarvis takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Florent Malouda makes a clearance.
Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Clearance by Michael Essien.
The game restarts for the second half.
Stephen Hunt is brought on as a substitute for Jelle Van Damme.
The first half comes to an end.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball.
Didier Drogba takes a outswinging corner.
Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Doyle misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Mikel on David Jones, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis. The ball is swung over by Kevin Foley.
Jose Bosingwa has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Jelle Van Damme gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Didier Drogba takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by David Jones.
Short corner taken by Florent Malouda.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Jarvis.
Richard Stearman receives a yellow card. Richard Stearman concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Clearance made by Christophe Berra.
Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Didier Drogba produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis.
Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Nenad Milijas crosses the ball, clearance made by John Terry.
Florent Malouda scores a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Yuri Zhirkov.
Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Jelle Van Damme takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Bosingwa.
A cross is delivered by Jelle Van Damme.
Foul by Didier Drogba on Jelle Van Damme, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
Corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba to the near post, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Didier Drogba delivers the ball, David Edwards makes a clearance.
Kevin Foley crosses the ball, David Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by David Edwards. Free kick crossed right-footed by Didier Drogba from left channel. The referee blows for offside against John Terry. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
Foul by Stephen Ward on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.
Didier Drogba is ruled offside. Richard Stearman restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda played to the near post.
Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Marcus Hahnemann.
Nicolas Anelka produces a cross, clearance by Richard Stearman.
Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by John Terry.
Jelle Van Damme challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Didier Drogba.
Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross.
The game begins.
Anelka wants to extend Chelsea career
Striker Nicolas Anelka has told Chelsea he is ready to pledge his future to the club while the Blues wait for their France teenager Gael Kakuta to make up his mind over a new deal.
Anelka scored his 50th goal in Chelsea's colours in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow in midweek and is in the best form of his career.
The former France international has scored eight goals so far this season and is so content at Stamford Bridge that he is already looking to extend his contract at the end of the season.
"It is the first time I have scored that many for any club but it is the first time I have spent more than two-and-a-half years at a club as well," said Anelka.
"It shows how happy I am at Chelsea. When I first signed here I knew had arrived at a big club and I wanted to stay as long as possible.
"I don't know what will happen in the future. After this season I have one more year on my current deal and I will see what will happen because you never know. But I am very happy here and I would be glad to sign for more years.
"I am just very satisfied to achieve two landmarks with Chelsea in goals scored and how long I have spent here, it has just been special to score goals for Chelsea."
But while one Frenchman is ready to settle, coach Carlo Ancelotti is still hoping that Kakuta will also commit himself to the club.
The 19-year-old signed for Chelsea in 2007 but then suffered a broken ankle.
He was banned for four months by FIFA in 2009 for breaching his contract with the French club in order to sign for the Blues. But this fine and Chelsea's subsequent ban on signing players for two transfer windows was eventually quashed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But his future is again on the agenda with his current deal set to expire next summer.
"I don't discuss the salary of players," said Ancelotti. "Technically, it's best for Kakuta - he's young, he's trying to improve and we're the best team for him to stay with.
"He has to take a decision to sign or not. We're sure he'll sign because he's an intelligent player and an intelligent man."
Chelsea take on Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with full-back Jose Bosingwa set for his first start in a year following knee problems.
The Blues also welcome back striker Didier Drogba after a virus but there is still no return for England midfielder Frank Lampard.
Mick McCarthy does not believe his Wolves side should be fearful of facing the Premier League's big guns - as they are fixtures the club would have dreamed of when they were in the Championship.
McCarthy did brilliantly to keep the midlands side in the top flight last season but they have endured a difficult start to the new campaign.
They find themselves 18th in the table and have not won a league fixture since their victory over Stoke on the opening day.
The Molineux outfit's next four Premier League fixtures see them travel to leaders Chelsea before meeting Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal - a run of games which few pundits will expect them to get anything from.
But McCarthy says these are the sort of games that he and his players should relish.
"I remember the scenes when we won the Championship, we knew what we were getting into," he said.
"They are four games against big clubs, five with our game against Manchester United in the Carling Cup, they are big games.
"You can take two views. It can be an exciting time or one to fear. I take it as an exciting time. They are great clubs to play against, it's better than four Championship games."
Wolves efforts to pick up an unlikely result in the capital have not been helped by a combination of injuries, suspension and ineligibility which see them lacking numbers in midfield.
Adlene Guedioura is beginning his rehabilitation from the broken leg he suffered against Aston Villa while on-loan Michael Mancienne is ineligible to face his parent club.
Captain Karl Henry serves the second match of his three-game ban and Stephen Hunt is not quite ready as he continues his recovery from a long-term foot problem while defender Jody Craddock is sidelined with a hip injury.
That lack of troops in the middle of the park has seen 19-year-old David Davis recalled from his loan spell at Walsall and added to the squad.
Chelsea increase lead at the helm
Chelsea moved five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League thanks to goals from Florent Malouda and substitute Salomon Kalou in the 2-0 victory over Wolves.
Malouda put Chelsea in front in the 23rd minute when he finished off a cross from Yury Zhirkov.
Wolves wasted a number of chances to equalise before Kalou completed a move he began by slipping Michael Essien's pass under Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann 10 minutes from time.
The defeat left Wolves still looking for their first win since the opening day of the season and second from bottom.
Mick McCarthy's visiting side earned a corner as early as the second minute but Nenad Milijas' flag-kick was punched clear by Petr Cech.
Their bright start continued but another corner from Matthew Jarvis was headed straight at John Terry by Christophe Berra.
Chelsea struggled to find any kind of continuity in midfield and John Obi Mikel twice gave the ball away in dangerous positions. Fortunately for Chelsea, Ashley Cole managed to recover the situation before any damage could be done.
But Chelsea almost went in front in the 13th minute when Jose Bosingwa, playing his first game for over a year at home, burst into the penalty area but saw his angled drive tipped around the post by Hahnemann.
Wolves responded with a chance of their own in the 19th minute. Kevin Foley crossed from the right wing but a header from Dave Edwards was safely gathered by Cech.
Chelsea opened the scoring with a fine three-man counter-attack in the 23rd minute. Nicolas Anelka fed Zhirkov inside the penalty area and the Russian's pull-back was sidefooted home by Malouda.
Chelsea should have increased their lead in the 27th minute when Jarvis gave the ball away to Zhirkov.
He quickly fed Didier Drogba who in turn passed the ball on to Anelka inside the penalty area but the Chelsea striker fired his effort into the sidenetting.
Wolves tried to get back into the game but two long-range efforts from Milijas were easily dealt with by Cech.
Richard Stearman then became the first man in referee Lee Probert's notebook when he showed him the yellow card for a crude challenge on Drogba.
Bosingwa was determined to crown his return to action with a goal and he was only inches away from achieving that feat with a 25-yard shot in the 38th minute.
Kevin Doyle was unlucky not to equalise in the 42nd minute when he got on the end of a cross from Foley but could not direct the ball beyond Cech.
Bosingwa was then put clear by Malouda and the Chelsea right-back was thwarted by the feet of Hahnemann.
Stephen Hunt was introduced for Wolves at half-time for his debut for the club.
Hunt, who was involved in the collision that left Cech with a fractured skull when he was with Reading, was roundly booed by the home fans.
Hunt almost equalised in the 48th minute but his low header was cleared off the line by Michael Essien.
Doyle then forced Cech into a fine save at the near post as Wolves continued to press forward.
In the 56th minute Anelka got clear of the Wolves midfield and cleverly laid the ball through to Drogba but the Ivory Coast striker sent his shot wide of the target.
Milijas continued to try his luck from range but another 20-yard effort went straight into the midriff of Cech.
Drogba squandered another gilt-edged chance in the 65th minute when Branislav Ivanovic sent him racing clear.
But he failed to take the ball around the onrushing Hahnemann and the chance was gone.
Doyle forced Cech into a save at his near post in the 71st minute when he met a corner from David Jones.
Chelsea replaced goalscorer Malouda with Kalou moments later as they looked for a second.
They duly made it 2-0 in the 80th minute when Kalou slotted past Hahnemann, opening up their substantial points lead over Manchester City who face Arsenal on Sunday.
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