CHELSEA v Wigan: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Saturday, 9 February

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

 

It’s preview time, so I’m sure you all know what to expect from me by now………Ok, so it’s Wigan and we’ve won 12 and lost only one of 15 previous games against them in the Premier League but anything that’s gone before doesn’t seem to count this season. For a start, we started off as Champions of Europe and very quickly found ourselves in the Europa League, so if anything can turn on its head this season, it very probably will.

Which brings me nicely on to our current form. We come into today’s game without a win in four and off the back of a defeat to Newcastle.  In fact, we’ve only had three wins from our last ten games – and all that leaves us just a point ahead of Spurs. Embarrassing or what?

Mind you, today’s opponents have only had one win from their last twelve as well, so we won’t be expecting an edge of your seat goal-fest this afternoon eh?

 

 

MANAGER’S VIEW

Going into today’s game, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says “I would say that if ever there was a bad time to play this Chelsea side it is now; on the back of a couple of negative results wanting a reaction at their home.  Last season we performed really well at Stamford Bridge when there was real pressure on us and were very unfortunate not to come away with a result.  It’s an important game for us, in a period of the season when we can’t afford to worry about who we’re playing, but make sure we’re as good as we can be in order to take positive results.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Oriol Romeu and John Terry (both knee) are out, John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are still at the African Cup of Nations and Petr Cech (broken finger) is given as a doubt. Demba Ba (broken nose) faces a late assessment although could borrow Cech’s old face mask at a push.  Eden Hazard is available again after completing a three-match suspension for his tussle with a ball boy and David Luiz (calf) is also fit again.

For Wigan, Emmerson Boyce and Adrian Lopez (both hamstring) are out and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) is still not quite ready for a return.   Gary Caldwell (hip) is given as a doubt although Arouna Kone is back from the Africa Cup of Nations and considered fit.

 

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Turnbull; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Torres.

WIGAN (Possible line-up): Al Habsi; Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa; Stam, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour; Di Santo, Kone, Maloney.

 

 

LAST SEASON

Chelsea 2-1 Wigan (7th April 2012)

 

 

PREDICTION

See last 4 or 5 predictions because nothing will change anytime soon if FSW is still hanging around.

 


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