Chelsea will suffer defeat away at Wolves this weekend despite having the “spectacularly good” Mason Mount in their ranks, according to Charlie Nicholas.
Frank Lampard is looking to record his second win as Blues boss at Molineux tomorrow, while Nuno Espirito Santo is still searching for Wolves’ first of the season.
It has been a difficult start for Lampard in particular, though, after suffering a 4-0 defeat away at Manchester United on his Premier League bow, drawing with Leicester on his SW6 homecoming and blowing a two-goal lead at home to Sheffield United before the international break.
One positive for the 41-year-old has been the performances of Mount, 20, who has scored two goals in his first four top-flight outings.
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Tammy Abraham has also hit the ground running since being brought into the first-team fold by Lampard, netting four goals in his last two matches.
Yet Mount and Abraham’s bright starts are not enough to convince Nicholas that Chelsea will avoid defeat at Wolves tomorrow afternoon, insisting their defensive woes will let them down.
“Wolves do well against the big teams,” he said in his weekly Sky Sports column.
“Tammy Abraham has been in form and Mason Mount has been spectacularly good.
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“Chelsea are still vulnerable at the back and will be threatened by Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez up front.
“I see Wolves beating Chelsea this weekend, and Wolves are the team, as many people that are talking about Leicester, that could definitely override the top-six trend.”
Wolves will be buoyed by the news that N’Golo Kante is unavailable for tomorrow’s game, with Lampard today revealing his midfield general is still struggling with an ankle injury.
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“Kovacic is fit to play but N’Golo is not fit yet,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“He still has issues with his ankle and the medical team are working with him.
“He’s in a bit of a transitional period now where we’re trying to get him on the pitch and he’s doing some physical work but this game comes too soon for him.”
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