What would have been classed as a simple match some three months ago, takes on an entirely different look as our woeful form leaves us ripe for the picking.
We’ve seen many ‘signs’ that improvement is only around the corner, spells in matches where it’s clicked again and we’re playing as we can, these are all too rare however, and teams are playing us with their tails up.
Wolves will fancy their chances against a Chelsea side bereft of confidence, and who’s line up is unlikely to spring any surprises.
With Ivanovic returning from suspension we should see him return to the centre of defence alongside JT, with the now traditional Paulo start, Jose finish at right back, and Cole on the left hand side.
Lampard will hopefully continue his return to full fitness alongside Essien and Ramires, with Mikel, Zhirkov and Benayoun all still unavailable. Drogba, Anelka, Kalou and Malouda will fill the three front spots, and one place on the bench.
Carlo spoke of his attacking options, and admitted they’ve been under par; “They didn’t score many goals in the last month but Didier Drogba has started to score and Florent Malouda scored against Bolton. ”
“The bad moment is behind them, now I hope Anelka can start to score as well. Sturridge also has the quality; he will have more opportunity to play for us up front at the beginning of games.”
Chelsea loanee Michael Mancienne is one who’s able to give a good insight into what we may face from Wolves tonight; “It’s definitely going to be a tough game for Chelsea because Wolves need points and they’ve been playing well recently. ”
“The crowd at Molineux is good, they get behind the team and really support the boys, so they’ll make it difficult because it’s a massive game, a really important one for both teams. They’ve done well against the big teams and will be fired up for it.”
Speaking of his loan, he said; “I’ve got a bit of an injury at the minute so I’m staying at Cobham to get it right before I go back to Wolves on loan until the end of the season. Hopefully I’ll be back playing within two or three weeks. I was playing a lot before I got injured but the injury has gradually come on until the point where I couldn’t really run on it.”
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