After a bleak period for Chelsea football club we enter into a weekend which has been labelled as a dark weekend for English football, as we see just one game kicking off in the traditional Saturday afternoon timeslot. Due to Champions League and UEFA Cup commitments our game-along with seven others-has been shunted to Sunday, however, we enter into it having emerged from the doom and gloom and back into the light after the events at the Mestalla on Wednesday. A terrific 2-1 win sets us up nicely for a visit to the Reebok Stadium where two Frank Lampard goals sealed the title back in 2005. Bolton await for a resurgent Blues side, and we’ve got our Lampard back.
Lampard has been out through injury for what seems to have been an age, but in reality it has just been a long two weeks. After working his way back though he returns to the squad for the trip up to Bolton. Hallelujah! As we look for our first goal in five games in the Premier League it is a major boost to see Lampard back, however we will be without midweek hero Didier Drogba, who is suspended following an over-exuberant performance against Fulham last week which saw the Ivorian striker pick up two yellow cards. John Obi Mikel is also missing through suspension while Shaun Wright-Phillips and Michael Essien have slight injuries which could keep them out.
Bolton are without strikers Ricardo Vaz Te and Heidar Helguson as well as defender Jlloyd Samuel, and a head injury to Mikel Alonso may keep him out, but other than that Sammy Lee has a full squad to choose from. Bolton edged into the group stages of the UEFA Cup on Thursday night with a narrow 1-0 win over Rabotnicki, giving them a second win in an unbeaten five games.
After we seemed to find our spirit once again to beat Valencia in Spain we should build on that result and claim another victory on Sunday. Avram Grant got it right in mid-week and hopefully he has a plan to deal with Bolton’s usual combative style. Lee’s side haven’t had the best of starts to the season and even though they are in an unbeaten run at the present time, they are not setting the league alight. With Lampard back in the squad at least, if not the starting XI, finding goals shouldn’t be a problem for us. We should have plenty to cheer about in our title-winning second home. See you there.
Prediction: Finally, a win in the Premier League after a barren spell. 2-0, Lampard getting at least one of them reminding us all of THAT day.