Four games into the league season, Wolves are one of just two teams in the league yet to register a victory. It will not get any easier to turn it around this weekend, as they get ready to welcome Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to Molineux after the international break.
The Blues have won just one of their four games this season, drawing two others in this time. Lampard is under pressure to get things going, but Molineux is not an easy place to visit and could prove to be yet another test for the former English midfielder. Both teams have failed to live up to their expectations so far this season but are sure to produce a thriller this weekend.
WOLVES vs CHELSEA: 3 THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Can Wolves Take The Lead?
Four games into the season, Nuno Santo’s side are yet to take a lead this season. They have trailed for 182 minutes this season, less than just one other club in the competition (Norwich City). The lack of organization and their European adventures have surely made it tougher for Wolves, but they are a quality side that need to get rid of the record quickly.
Playing at home, right after an international break, Santo will want his side to come out of the blocks quickly and hurt Chelsea early. They have enough quality to come back from behind but the manager will hope that they do not find themselves in that situation at Molineux this weekend.
Both teams have quality players all across the field, but it is the face-offs in the middle of the park that could decide the outcome of this game. While Chelsea boast of the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, Wolves have their very own superstars in Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker and Joao Moutinho, all of who are tricky to mark.
Lampard needs to get his midfield combination right as to not overwork them while Wolves will need to keep their shape and frustrate the visitors, to try and hit them on the break or work on their mistakes. So, both teams need their midfielders to be at the top of their game to take anything from this tie.
Youngsters On Show
Both Lampard and Nuno Santo are not shy of giving youngsters a chance to impress, even in big games. Lampard is expected to stick with the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic, all of who are relatively new to the Premier League. Chelsea will also hope that Callum Hudson-Odoi is on the right track to return as he will provide a huge boost to the team.
Nuno Santo needs the likes of Leander Dendoncker, Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves to come up with the goods to get something from this game. Both teams also have youngsters coming off the bench so this game could be lit up and decided by the youth and their exuberance.