Chelsea will face Wolves on Sunday in arguably their most important game of the season, with Frank Lampard’s men hoping to claim their place in the top four. The Blues will host Nuno Espirito’s side at Stamford Bridge, with the West London outfit needing either a draw or win to secure their place in Champions League football next season. If Manchester United manage a win over Leicester, then Chelsea could still qualify with a loss – however, Lampard will not be heading into the match with this mentality, with the boss desperate to end our campaign on a high.
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Willian, Giroud, Pulisic
Now this was a tough one. Although the 3-4-3 didn’t exactly go to plan during our last game against Liverpool, Lampard is expected to stick with this formation. Last time we met Wolves, the boss started a similar side, which resulted in a convincing 5-2 win to the Blues, with the academy prospects shining the brightest. Having seen it work so well in the past, the former Chelsea player could opt for a back three once again.
Although Kepa had a poor game at Anfield, we can’t see Lampard dropping the Spaniard for the final game. We’ll go for the same defence that faced the Reds, with Alonso and James working on the flanks. With doubts surrounding Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic will fill up the midfield – and the gaffer has to start Pulisic after his superb performance against Klopp’s men. Giroud is also expected to start ahead of Tammy Abraham – despite the 22-year-old scoring an important goal during our last league game, the Frenchman has looked more convincing out of the two. Willian should also start – even though Hudson-Odoi looked promising when he came on as a substitute during the Liverpool match, it would be a risk not to start the Brazilian.
Predicted Result: Chelsea 3-2 Wolves
Now let’s get this straight. Wolves are a very, very good team. Despite the Midlands side also appearing inconsistent since the restart, they still have something to fight for, with Tottenham Hotspur hot on their heels for a Europa League spot. Recently, they’ve pulled off some convincing wins against the likes of Everton and Crystal Palace, but have fallen short against Sheffield United and Arsenal.
As previously mentioned, last time round resulted in a 5-2 win in favour of the Blues. We expect another high-scoring match on Sunday, with Chelsea defence almost guaranteed to let in a few goals. With the ‘three curse’ still going strong, a 3-2 win may be an appropriate scoreline for the game. Whatever happens, we hope Lampard gets the finish he well and truly deserves, having gone beyond everyone’s expectations this campaign. Now, for one last time this season… COME ON YOU BLUES.