Championship side Wolves host Premier League leaders Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend and Dave Edwards is targeting another magic upset.
The midfielder has already played a key role in cup wins against Stoke City and more notably Liverpool this season. The Reds were beaten 2-1 at Anfield in the last round thanks to goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann. With that victory, Wolves booked their place in the fifth round.
Ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Molineux, Welshman Edwards has had his say on the game. The 31-year-old was in the Wolves team last time they beat Chelsea back in 2011. He told BBC Sport what he remembers from that game:
“It was a Wednesday night before we had to go to Doncaster in the FA Cup on the Saturday. We were up against a very strong side with so many good players, all full internationals. Coming up against great English players – Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry – was brilliant for the likes of me”.
Edwards also suggested that his side will need to draw inspiration from that performance of six years ago:
“The intensity has got to be there. We have to get on the front foot, win the ball high up the pitch and get the ball to our dangerous players up front, where have the pace to hurt them”.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea come into the tie as strong favourites. His side are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and look likely to win the whole thing. But Conte is a manager that takes the FA Cup seriously and will field a strong team on Saturday.
Without European football this season, the Blues have been able to concentrate on domestic glory, and another league and cup double, like the one they won back in 2010, is very possible.