Wolves must raise game to prevent FA Cup embarrassment

Posted February 18, 2017

Liverpool have been linked with a move for striker Dominic Solanke, 19, who is due to fall out of contract at Chelsea in the summer.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert has heaped praise upon Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte ahead of the two sides' meeting in the FA Cup tomorrow evening.

"I don't know about this situation because I think now it's very important to be focused on the present and not to look so far forward", Conte said. "I want the player to try to fight to put me under pressure, to give me the problems to solve [and find] the best solutions for the team".

Chelsea are doing great in the EPL as they have a firm grip onto the first place in the standings.

The England U-21 global has returned from loan to find his route into the starting side firmly blocked by Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi.

"Tomorrow he'll play with the Under-23s because they have a good game against Manchester City".

Now the pair are reunited at Molineux on Saturday and Conte said: "This is one of the three finals that I lost".

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "I was at Wolves' 2-1 win over Liverpool in the last round and they had a real go".

David Luiz and Marcos Alonso will be rested for the game. Chelsea skipper John Terry was expected to start the game.

"The bigger the occasion is, the better we seem to play".

"I don't want my players to stop for 14 days and then restart, which could be very risky".

But with Chelsea's next league game not until February 25 Conte appears to be wary that a selection of his players could go nearly a fortnight without competitive action if they do not play against Wolves.

"What Burnley did was excellent but I saw the possession stats were incredibly high in Chelsea's favour, which you would expect".

"They won't need me to say what kind of game it's going to be like or what kind of team they're going to come up against".

"For me the most important thing is we play the way we play, which is hopefully with the energy we've showed recently bar Tuesday night".

"I don't know, I should have a crystal ball to tell you his future". He thinks his will is to leave.