PMB: Wolves v Chelsea - talking points

This weekend’s tea-time cup-tie takes the Blues to Molineux for the first time in five years. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton get ready for the knockout competition action…



Chelsea’s two remaining fixtures this month can help Antonio Conte emulate fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti, who won the league and cup double with the Blues in 2010. Should his team win on Saturday night in the West Midlands and again at home to Swansea next weekend, spring will definitely have sprung before the daffodils are out.

While rivals are distracted by European nights, the Blues, one of eight remaining top-flight sides in the FA Cup, can focus on two routes to silverware.    

Championship strivers Wolverhampton Wanderers will not require motivating as they attempt to claim a third successive Premier League scalp, but do not underestimate the pressure on them to perform for their fans at Molineux after several disappointing results and performances there this season.

The last team from a lower division to beat the Blues in the FA Cup were Bradford City, in round four at Stamford Bridge two years ago. The Bantams were sixth in League One at the time and ended our home run of 12 successive wins at Stamford Bridge with a stunning 4-2 success.