Three Wolves players that Chelsea should fear
Chelsea travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League and it’s a contest that they struggled in during the last campaign.
The Blues were beaten 2-1 at Molineux last season in the Premier League, while the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge was a 1-1 draw courtesy of Eden Hazard’s stoppage time equaliser.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will now take his team to the West Midlands and three points straight after the international break would be a huge boost.
They have five points from the opening four league games and there should certainly be more to come with some key players returning from injury.
Meanwhile, Wolves have sealed progress to the Europa League group stages already this campaign and it’s had an impact on their league form.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have three draws and a defeat from their opening matches, but they proved their quality last year and can beat anyone in the division on their day.
Here is a look at three key Wolves players to watch out for:
Jimenez terrorised the Blues last season and the Chelsea backline will need to be much improved if they are to keep him out at the weekend.
Lampard’s team have been particularly poor at the back so far this campaign, something they can’t afford to do with the clinical Mexico international sniffing around.
Jimenez has eight goals in 10 goals across all competitions this season, scoring in his last two consecutive league matches and also ripping it up in Europa League qualifiers.
The 28-year-old should be considered one of the most well rounded centre-forward in the Premier League right now.
He scored in both fixtures against Chelsea last season to highlight what was a great debut year in English football and he keeps going from strength to strength.
One positive for the Blues is that Antonio Rudiger is back in contention and they could do with the commanding centre-back reintroduced to the team quickly.
While Jimenez is the finisher in the Wolves team, Moutinho is certainly the chief creator and will be looking to pull the strings.
With N’Golo Kante absent for the upcoming Wolves clash, it’s going to be up to the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic to keep a lid on the Wolves playmaker.
Moutinho has already supplied five assists in 10 games across all competitions so far and is a central midfielder with a licence to join in with attacks.
The 33-year-old is an experienced Portuguese ace that is still performing consistently at the top level and he will punish the Chelsea players with a killer pass if they switch off.
Jota hasn’t quite hit dizzy heights he’s capable of so far this campaign in the league, but it’s unlikely that he will stay quiet for much longer.
The 22-year-old is another of the Portuguese contingent in the squad and he usually forms a two-man attack next to Jimenez.
He provides the energy in attack with his tireless work-rate and is someone that the Chelsea centre-backs will have a nightmare trying to mark.
Jota has been directly involved in eight goals so far during this season’s European qualifiers for Wolves and it’s only a matter of time before that is repeated domestically.