These are relatively difficult times at Chelsea and their fans may have gotten a reality check on how challenging the season would be after they lost a 2 nil lead to newly-promoted Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge before the international break.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea return to Premier League action with a seemingly difficult trip to the Molineux to face Nuno Espirito Santo’s men who emerged unscathed in both encounters last season.
The Blues have garnered just 5 points in 4 games thus far and Wolves are yet to start firing on all cylinders this term as they are yet to win a game this season.
However, Wolves have impressed against the top six at the Molineux previously and will be hoping to land their first win against a defensively frail new-look Chelsea side who can’t keep a lead to save their lives presently.
Wolves are in the Europa League this season and they may prioritize the European competition over the Premier League. Well, it remains to be seen.
Chelsea have been throwing caution to the wind and attacking in all of their games this season and Wolves will be looking to take advantage as Man United did at Old Trafford in the Blues’ first game of the 2019/20 Premier League season.
However, they’ll have to be cautious of youngsters in the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount who have earned Frank Lampard’s trust at this stage of the season. The hey duo have made positive starts to the campaign and can only look to get better on Saturday.
This game is one to watch out for as Raul Jimenez will have his scoring boots on and look to boost his tally this season. He’s the key man for Wolves and has scored twice in 4 games this season. Chelsea’s frail defense will have him to contend with.
His work rate this season has been top-notch and asides from his goalscoring prowess this season, the Mexican is also good with his link-up play and off the ball movement where he creates spaces for others with his intelligent runs.
The young Englishman has been given a prominent role under Frank Lampard in an advanced midfield role for Chelsea and will be looking to wreak havoc on Wolves. He is an obvious goal threat and has 2 goals already to his name this season.
Other players to watch our for are Tammy Abraham and Adama Traore, who will also be decisive in the game. Adama Traore will be a handful for Chelsea’s tiring fullbacks if he’s introduced from the bench. It remains to be seen how Nuno Espirito Santo deploys the winger for this game.
Christian Pulisic is yet to hit the ground running for Chelsea. His physicality has been questioned. Let’s see how he copes against a very physical Wolves side.
All appears to be well for Wolves as they have no major injury concerns barring Matt Doherty. Adama Traore could be set for another start in the right wing-back position. Diogo Jota will likely partner Raul Jimenez in attack. Jesus Vallejo could be set for some game time as Willy Boly is suspended.
For Chelsea, Kante and Pedro will be hoping to be declared fit to play a part in the game on Saturday. Left-back Emerson Palmieri is a doubt after sustaining a knock on international duty for Italy. Antonio Rudiger and Reece James and nearing full fitness. It remains to be seen if they’ll feature.
Chelsea went into the international break with a very poor result and demoralizing performance against Sheffield United and they return to action against a very tricky and strong Wolves side.
It’s arguably not a good time for Chelsea to visit the Molineux as Wolves will see this as the best time to pick up their first 3 points of the season against an unsettled Chelsea side.
Wolves to win!