Frank Lampard’s Chelsea travel to face English Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.
It certainly has not been the start that everybody was expecting from either side, with Chelsea sitting in 11th and Wolves struggling in 17th in the English Premier League.
The upside is that the best is surely yet to come from both Lampard and Nuno Espirito Santo. The Blues are likely to give a warm welcome back to Antonio Rudiger after his long absence. Meanwhile, Wolves pair Matt Doherty and Romain Saiss have both recovered from setbacks.
Ahead of the game at the Molineux, we have looked at the best performers so far between the two sides courtesy of WhoScored.com and have made our very own combined team.
Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 6.39
Although Wolves find themselves sitting one place above the relegation zone, Rui Patricio has come to the rescue on numerous occasions already this season.
One crucial moment was a saved penalty from Paul Pogba’s effort in the draw against Manchester United.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 7.02
The ever-present Cesar Azpilicueta features in this side despite visible shaky performances since the start of the new season. However, with leaders sparse on the field, the Blues captain will be hoping to rally his players along at the weekend.
Despite the apparent fall from grace, the Spaniard has still averaged three successful tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game so far this season.
Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 7.36
Molineux monster Willy Boly has made this team, despite actually being suspended for the game against The Blues. Only time will tell if his absence from the game will hinder Wolverhampton Wanderers’ chances of a first win of the season.
Although results haven’t exactly gone Wolverhampton Wanderers’ way, it could have been worse if it wasn’t for Boly. The Frenchman has already made an astounding 14 tackles in the league.
Emerson (Chelsea) 7.57
Emerson’s breakthrough at Stamford Bridge came towards the end of last season, where a game of musical chairs began between himself and fellow left-back Marcos Alonso occurred. Now the Brazilian has well and truly nailed down his first team place.
The Italian is an evident threat going forward with 10 attempted dribbles so far. He also looks assured at the back with 10 interceptions in total.
Pedro (Chelsea) 6.86
Another year older and still the same energetic, tenacious engine that is Pedro. Soon to be undoubtedly replaced for younger blood, Pedro’s experience and quality will come in hand on and off the field.
The Spaniard has appeared in half of the fixtures so far and has accumulated a total of seven key passes, 64 accurate short passes and five shots on goal, thus backing up his versatility credentials.
Ross Barkley (Chelsea) 6.90
Having shone in pre-season as one of Chelsea’s standout performers, Ross Barkley seems to have become a hit with The Blues boss Lampard as he has only missed one league game so far this season.
Having a former attacking minded midfielder as a head coach seems to rubbing off for Barkley. Despite not scoring so far in the league, he is attempting his fair share of efforts on goal, 11 in total.
Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 6.93
A true veteran of the game, Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho has yet to show any sign of slowing down, despite being 33 years of age.
Moutinho has an exemplary eye for a pass, and this is proven by out of the 131 passes he’s made so far, only 23 were inaccurate.
Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) 6.80
A successful but somewhat timid first season at Chelsea for Mateo Kovacic, the Serbian is finally coming into his own this time around after being signed on a permanent basis from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
A midfielder who loves to be on the ball, he has made 14 successful dribbles and has completed 169 short passes this season.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) 7.55
One of two success stories in terms of youth prominence, Mason Mount has already captured the hearts of The Blues faithful with his Lampard-esque performances at the start of the campaign.
Another midfielder that is embracing Lampard’s second coming, Mount has already scored two goals from 14 efforts so far this season.
Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 7.20
It took a short while for Raul Jimenez to adapt himself to life in the English Premier League, but he has not looked back since as he quickly turned into a fan favourite at the Molineux.
Jimenez’s goalscoring record so far this season is quite brilliant, having scored six goals in the UEFA Europa League and two already in the English Premier League.
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) 7.30
Last but not least, Tammy Abraham. After disappointment in the UEFA Super Cup and alleged racist turmoil on social media, youngster Abraham put all of that to one side and is really starting to make a case to be Chelsea’s number one striker.
Despite all of his goals so far coming against newly-promoted sides, Abraham has averaged a goal per game, with four in total.
By Darion Westwood
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