Frank Lampard’s first month back in the Premier League wasn’t the most rewarding, with his Chelsea side only picking up 5 points from an available 12 in August. Despite his experiment on promoting youth having a bright impact, as shown in Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount’s rise in recent games, Lampard’s defence is still in tatters.
The worries are mounting up as fans grow more impatient with every disappointing result. Some tricky games lie ahead in September, but Lampard must get his side winning again to silence the doubters.
Wolves (A) – September 14
Wolves away beckon after the international break. Granted, they haven’t had the strongest starts, managing only three draws from four games.
However, considering they haven’t lost at home since January, it’ll be a difficult challenge to get all three points for Chelsea. Considering their topsy-turvy away form so far, this could go either way.
Wolves have a terrifying striking duo to expose their vulnerabilities even more, while their anti-counter attacking style will make it difficult for the Blues to play their natural, quick-paced attacking style.
Valencia (H) – September 17
As the UEFA Champions League night returns, Valencia could be the perfect competition for Lampard to prove his expertise even in Europe. The Spanish side has also seen a similarly nervy start with only four points from a possible nine.
Abraham and Mount should both make their Champions League debuts, something to help them gain experience.
Chelsea have been granted a relatively mild group in the Champions League, heralding a shortening of their outright price in football spread betting for the competition. Valencia qualified for the Champions League on the final day last season, but provide a stern challenge for Chelsea after almost upsetting Arsenal in the Europa League last season.
Liverpool (H) – September 22
Liverpool have retained their dominant aura, being the only Premier League side to maintain a perfect winning record so far. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are looking unstoppable and will be a nightmare to defend against.
Considering the Reds are in a 13-match winning streak in the league, defeating them is a goliath task. However, Lampard’s tactical astuteness and ability to win in big scenarios will be tested as he’ll urge his side to take the game to Liverpool.
Grimsby Town/Macclesfield Town(H) – September 26
The Carabao Cup fixture will see them host either League two sides Grimsby Town or Macclesfield Town. Lampard went quite far off in the competition with Derby County last season, but should feature more youngsters to give them exposure in this lowly game.
Brighton Hove & Albion(H) – September 28
A hattrick of home fixtures would see the Blues facing a rejuvenated Brighton, playing impressive attack-minded football under Graham Potter. They recently took the fight to Manchester City in a losing affair, looking inspired with new forwards in Leandro Trossard and Neil Maupey.
Chelsea must tread carefully or risk another Sheffield United-like comeback taking place. With Brighton also winless in three this is the perfect game to end the month on a high, but also one to take them to the limit.