Matchday five of the Premier League had brought us some interesting matchups with the involvement of the big names. Two clubs that faced each other on Saturday evening were Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea. Last season, Wolves were one of the dark horses of the league with their attractive style of play, they eventually finished seventh in the league and qualified for the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

This season, they have advanced further in the competition but faced a struggling start to the season. Nuno Espiríto Santo’s side wanted to turn things around when they welcomed Chelsea to the Molineux. On the other hand, Frank Lampard and his players have had a decent start, securing one win and two draws after five matches. With high confidence among the squad, they managed to continue their unbeaten streak up to four matches with a thrilling 5-2 win over Wolves.

This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of the goal-thrilling match between Wolverhampton and Chelsea. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will analyse what went wrong for Wolves’ tactics against Chelsea’s tactics.

Lineups

The home side entered this match with their familiar formation of a 3-5-2. They were left without Willy Boly as the French defender was sent off in their loss against Everton before the international break. Romain Saïss was chosen to replace his role and he completed the back-three that consisted of Jesús Vallejo and captain Conor Coady.

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