The Premier League is underway once again and we’ve already seen a handful of intriguing developments take place for teams up and down the top flight. Last night that trend continued as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea both got their new campaigns up and running in style.
Today, we’re going to take a quick look at the two top six contenders as both aim to go above and beyond what they were able to accomplish last season.
Wolves were always going to be an exciting team to watch for the third season running in the Premier League, and they proved why in their return against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. The Blades barely had a chance to get going before they were pushed back by Nuno’s men in a big way, as Wolves raced out to an early 2-0 lead. The hosts were able to start getting into more of a rhythm as the game went on, but when push came to shove, they were no match for the Midlanders.
One of the biggest criticisms for Wolves last season was that they weren’t able to really get going until the second half of games, but they’ve completely gone against that in their opening 90 minutes of football. They deserve to be praised for their efforts, especially after the work they’ve been able to do in the summer transfer window, because now they finally have a bit more depth to their squad.
Frank Lampard is no fool and he would’ve known that the game against Brighton & Hove Albion last night wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Yes, the Blues came away with a 3-1 win, but their performance definitely left a lot to be desired. The Seagulls were constantly able to get at their opponents to the point where it seemed inevitable that they’d grab an equaliser and secure the point. In the end, it didn’t quite work out that way, but the bigger story for Chelsea is that they still have problems that need to be addressed.
They want to (and need to) bring in a new goalkeeper and they have to ensure both Jorginho and Kante don’t leave, because if they do, they’ll have even more holes that need filling in midfield.
What’s next for them?
Wolves face two back-to-back home games against Stoke City in the Carabao Cup and then Manchester City in the Premier League, and even though the latter of those two fixtures would strike fear into the heart of most clubs, Wolves managed to do the double over Pep Guardiola’s men last season. Chelsea, on the other hand, have a huge task on their hands this Sunday when they lock horns with reigning English champions Liverpool.
If you want to try and bet on these games then keep your eyes peeled on the betting page, because there will be plenty on offer for you throughout the course of the week. Otherwise just sit back, relax, and enjoy the return of the league that is bound to keep us guessing this year.