After what seems like forever, Premier League football finally returns this weekend, and Chelsea visit Wolves for Matchweek 5. Last year’s surprise package come into this game in pretty poor form. So far they have amassed just 3 points in the league, and are yet to win a game. This drop off from last year’s form is probably due to their participation in the Europa League Qualification rounds, which has payed off as they have made it all the way to the group stages.
Chelsea too are in pretty poor form. Five points from four games isn’t what Chelsea have come to expect in recent times, especially when we have played two of the three promoted teams so far. In our last game, we let a two goal lead slip in a poor second half performance against Sheffield. Lampard will be hoping that his players will have learned from their mistakes and not switch off in the second half.
Unfortunately for Lampard though, the injury list has only grown over the International break. Both Kovacic, who has since recovered, and Emerson picked up small injuries whilst away with their national teams, which is a problem because they had been two of the best players so far this season. However, in better news Rudiger is available and ready to start the game. Both James and Hudson-Odoi are back in training, and are playing for the development team against Brighton this weekend. Kante has missed the last two games, and is still unavailable, with the hope that he’ll be fit for the Liverpool game. Everyone apart from Emerson and Loftus-Cheek trained on Thursday, but there are many players returning from injury who will be eased into action over the next few games.
Our opponents will be hoping to pick up their first three points of the season, but may struggle without the suspended Willy Boly, who picked up a red card last time out against Everton. Jimenez and Jota will be dangerous on the counter and going by our defensive performances so far, I can’t imagine a situation where we keep a clean sheet. Although, unlike many Chelsea fans, I do think we will win this game.
Wolves: Patricio; Bennett, Coady, Vallejo; Traore, Dendoncker, Neves, Saiss, Jonny; Jimenez, Jota
Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Pedro, Abraham Pulisic.
Wolves vs Chelsea
Saturday, 14 September
Kick off: 3pm UK Time