Two out of form sides meet at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Wolves on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
Chelsea are in the middle of their worst run of home results since Roman Abramovich took over, a stat which underlines the severity of their poor recent form. Defeat last week to Liverpool followed by a Champions League loss in Germany has increased the pressure on boss Andre Villas-Boas. The visitors to the Bridge on Saturday aren’t in much better of a situation as Mick McCarthy’s men have struggled since opening their campaign with two wins. They have lost four out of their last six games and a recent win over bottom club Wigan is the only reason why they are currently outside the bottom three.
Chelsea have lost their last two home games in the league but nothing less then three points on Saturday will result in the fans calling for a new manager, a wish that owner Abramovich is always happy to grant. Currently 5th in the table, the Blues are already twelve points behind leaders City and defensive frailties are at the heart of their problems.
Ashley Cole has been passed fit however for the clash but continued absentee Michael Essien is a big loss in a midfield that lacks fight and quality. Frank Lampard is the only central player that has shown any form in recent times. Juan Mata has been their best player but his strikers can’t seem to convert any chances he provides.
Chelsea have not lost at home to Wolves since 1979 but the Midlanders will be hoping to address that by capitalising on their disappointing run of form.
Unlike Chelsea, the visitors have selection problems as suspensions to key players Jamie O’Hara and Stephen Hunt will leave a big hole in McCarthy’s side. Irish international Hunt put Wolves into a first half lead last time out against Everton but they slumped to another defeat to leave them with eleven points from 12 games.
Matt Jarvis and Adlene Guedioura are the natural replacements for O’Hara and Hunt while Ronald Zubar is poised to make his first appearance for nine months after injury in place of Stearman.
Florent Malouda has scored the opening goal in both of his matches against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Despite their form Chelsea are still favourites at 1/4 while Wolves are 15/1 on Betfair.
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