Live Team Sheet


Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.

Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Kalou, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran.

Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Foley, Berra, Stearman, Ward, Jarvis, Edwards, Milijas, David Jones, Van Damme, Doyle.

Subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Hunt, Mouyokolo, Davis.



Striker Nicolas Anelka has told Chelsea he is ready to pledge his future to the club while the Blues wait for their France teenager Gael Kakuta to make up his mind over a new deal.

Anelka scored his 50th goal in Chelsea's colours in the 2-0 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow in midweek and is in the best form of his career.

The former France international has scored eight goals so far this season and is so content at Stamford Bridge that he is already looking to extend his contract at the end of the season.

"It is the first time I have scored that many for any club but it is the first time I have spent more than two-and-a-half years at a club as well," said Anelka.

"It shows how happy I am at Chelsea. When I first signed here I knew had arrived at a big club and I wanted to stay as long as possible.

"I don't know what will happen in the future. After this season I have one more year on my current deal and I will see what will happen because you never know. But I am very happy here and I would be glad to sign for more years.

"I am just very satisfied to achieve two landmarks with Chelsea in goals scored and how long I have spent here, it has just been special to score goals for Chelsea."

But while one Frenchman is ready to settle, coach Carlo Ancelotti is still hoping that Kakuta will also commit himself to the club.

The 19-year-old signed for Chelsea in 2007 but then suffered a broken ankle.

He was banned for four months by FIFA in 2009 for breaching his contract with the French club in order to sign for the Blues. But this fine and Chelsea's subsequent ban on signing players for two transfer windows was eventually quashed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But his future is again on the agenda with his current deal set to expire next summer.

"I don't discuss the salary of players," said Ancelotti. "Technically, it's best for Kakuta - he's young, he's trying to improve and we're the best team for him to stay with.

"He has to take a decision to sign or not. We're sure he'll sign because he's an intelligent player and an intelligent man."

Chelsea take on Wolves at Stamford Bridge on Saturday with full-back Jose Bosingwa set for his first start in a year following knee problems.

The Blues also welcome back striker Didier Drogba after a virus but there is still no return for England midfielder Frank Lampard.

Mick McCarthy does not believe his Wolves side should be fearful of facing the Premier League's big guns - as they are fixtures the club would have dreamed of when they were in the Championship.

McCarthy did brilliantly to keep the midlands side in the top flight last season but they have endured a difficult start to the new campaign.

They find themselves 18th in the table and have not won a league fixture since their victory over Stoke on the opening day.

The Molineux outfit's next four Premier League fixtures see them travel to leaders Chelsea before meeting Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal - a run of games which few pundits will expect them to get anything from.

But McCarthy says these are the sort of games that he and his players should relish.

"I remember the scenes when we won the Championship, we knew what we were getting into," he said.

"They are four games against big clubs, five with our game against Manchester United in the Carling Cup, they are big games.

"You can take two views. It can be an exciting time or one to fear. I take it as an exciting time. They are great clubs to play against, it's better than four Championship games."

Wolves efforts to pick up an unlikely result in the capital have not been helped by a combination of injuries, suspension and ineligibility which see them lacking numbers in midfield.

Adlene Guedioura is beginning his rehabilitation from the broken leg he suffered against Aston Villa while on-loan Michael Mancienne is ineligible to face his parent club.

Captain Karl Henry serves the second match of his three-game ban and Stephen Hunt is not quite ready as he continues his recovery from a long-term foot problem while defender Jody Craddock is sidelined with a hip injury.

That lack of troops in the middle of the park has seen 19-year-old David Davis recalled from his loan spell at Walsall and added to the squad.

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