This weekend in the Premier League, Chelsea will face off against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. It marks Frank Lampard’s second debut as the Blues’ manager, taking the helm just two days after Graham Potter’s departure. Chelsea fans are happy to see the end of Potter’s disappointing period, but there are concerns over Lampard’s return, especially since he struggled towards the end of his first tenure in west London.
During his previous spell at Chelsea, Lampard won 44 games out of 84 matches, with 23 games lost and 17 drawn. This resulted in a win record of 52.4%, which was an improvement compared to his time at Everton, where he only won 27.3% of games. On the other hand, Potter lost almost as many games as he won since September, winning only 12 games and losing 11.
Chelsea’s recent results have been mixed, with a 0-0 draw against Liverpool and a 2-2 draw with Everton. They currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League, one of the lowest positions they’ve been in at this stage of the season. However, they are also preparing to face Real Madrid in the Champions League next week. Lampard will need to make up a 14-point gap if he hopes to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers have already experienced a managerial change this season, with Bruno Lage departing and Julen Lopetegui taking over. Lopetegui has managed to guide his side to 14th place in the league, but they are only one point above the relegation zone. The relegation battle is extremely tight, with just three points separating 12th-placed Crystal Palace and 18th-placed Bournemouth.
Lampard will have to navigate this match without Thiago Silva, who is unavailable, as well as captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Armando Broja is also out for the season, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will face a late fitness test.
We Fancy Over 2.5 Match Goals To Be Expected In This Fixture.