Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.
Out-of-form Chelsea visit Wolverhampton Wanderers, hoping to leave their pre-international break problems behind and get back to the winning ways.
The Blues threw-away a two-goal lead against underdogs Sheffield United two weeks ago, unexpectedly dropping two points at their home ground.
Wolves, who are yet to register their first win in the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, suffered their first defeat of the season at Everton in the last outing, after previously noting three draws in a row.
They had a busy schedule though, as they featured in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers and booked their place in the group stage of the competition.
Their encounter with Chelsea comes before their Europa League debut, while the game is scheduled for 16:00 (CET) on Saturday afternoon.
Wolverhampton defender Wily Boly is suspended following his sending off against Everton, which puts Real Madrid loanee Jesus Vallejo in line for his Premier League debut.
Wing-back Matt Doherty is in contention despite missing international duty with Ireland because of minor surgery.
The players will be wearing special commemorative #Molineux130 shirts tomorrow – with a limited number available online!
— Wolves (@Wolves) September 13, 2019
Frank Lampard confirmed N’Golo Kante’s absence from the traveling squad, but also reported that Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic and Pedro are all fit to be involved at the Molineux this weekend.
Full-back Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are back in training, but the Blues’ trip to Wolverhampton comes too early for both Chelsea starlets.
Talk to the press
Frank Lampard gave his opinion about the use of VAR in the Premier League, which was introduced at the start of the current campaign.
“I won’t agree with there only being four incidents because there have been five,” Lampard said at the press conference.
“Because we had one at Norwich which was a penalty on [Cesar] Azpilicueta which didn’t get reviewed. That is from my point of view and all managers will probably have their own ones they think, but that was a clear penalty.
'We'll all be watching tonight.' 👍
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 13, 2019
“Maybe we should have all expected a bit of an in-between moment or process where we are coming to terms with it. I don’t think any of the intentions are bad, they are definitely not from when I have seen VAR up close and how it works behind the scenes.
“They [the referees] are trying to get everything right and what I will appreciate is the admission that there may be a few things that have not been quite right.”
Wolverhampton took four points out of a possible six against Chelsea last season, one more than they managed in their first eight Premier League games against them.
Frank Lampard was Chelsea’s hero in their most recent league victory against Wolverhampton at Molineux, netting the decisive goal in the 89th minute back in January 2012.
The Blues have registered five wins from their last seven league games the Molineux, although they were defeated 2-1 in their most recent visit to the venue last season.
Wolverhampton are unbeaten in 10 home league games since losing to Crystal Palace in January (W6, D4).
It is their longest undefeated run at home in the top flight since an 18-match streak from 1971 to 1972.
Chelsea have conceded nine goals in top-flight English football this season – only Norwich, with 10, have a worse record.
Raul Jimenes has scored eight goals in eight starts for Wolverhampton in all competitions this season – two of those goals came in the Premier League.