Chelsea vs Wigan: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on April 6, 2012

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Chelsea welcome relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon with the home side getting back to Premier League action following their qualification to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Roberto Di Matteo lead the Blues to a 3-1 aggregate victory over Benfica in midweek and have now booked a semi-final date with Champions and old-foes Barcelona.

Chelsea will be looking to continue their good form and maintain their push for a top-four finish after closing the gap on third-placed Arsenal to five points with a 4-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend.

Wigan find themselves in the bottom three but only on goal difference and go into the game at Stamford Bridge having won their last two league games including an impressive 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

Team News

Di Matteo has injury worries ahead of the game with three key players unlikely to feature. Captain John Terry was forced off early in the second half against Benfica and has been ruled out with cracked ribs. It’s unclear how long the defender will be out for.

Left back Ashley Cole is also unavailable after picking up an ankle injury in midweek while Frank Lampard is also rated as extremely doubtful with a thigh injury.

Didier Drogba is pushing for a recall but Fernando Torres will be hoping to retain his place after ending his long Premier League goal drought against Villa last week.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez can welcome back Mohamed Diame after the midfielder missed the last two games with a groin injury. However, striker Hugo Rogallega is out with a knee injury.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Chelsea are a team-reborn under Roberto Di Matteo but Wigan are also fighting for their manager and have been hugely impressive in their last two games against Liverpool and Stoke. So the Blues should not take the visitors too lightly if they are to collect all three points this Saturday. Despite Wigan proving stubborn opposition, we see Chelsea having too much for them. Chelsea 2-0 Wigan.

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9 Comments

  1. BABS

    April 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    i’ll advice ivanovic&luiz beware of moses he is very sleeky.CHE 3-1WIG.

  2. PEROPERO PETER

    April 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    TORRES WELL DON, DON’T STOP SCORING GOALS, DILL WITH WIGAN. UP BLUS? 4 REVER.

  3. Pius afam

    April 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Chelsea must win with atleast 4goals to 0 to put more presure on d goners, line up CECH, IVANOVIC, BETRAND, LUIZ, CAHIL, OBI, ESIEN, REMIRES, MATA, STORIDGE, TORRES. SUB drogba, kaluo, meriles. UP CHELSEA.

  4. Olayincar

    April 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I fink with the attitude chelsea players have been playing with,i dnt fink wigan can really disturb chelsea. Not withstanding,we should not be too complacent and we should take things easy and fight like a wounded lion

  5. thanKGod

    April 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    chelsea will wine them 3 to 1

  6. thomas

    April 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    line up should be cech,bosingwa,betrand,luiz,cahill,romeu,ramirez,meireles,mata,torres,sturridge.stop using he is aged,like giving back passes 2 much.cant run.

  7. thomas

    April 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    n energeticline up should be cech,bosingwa,betrand,luiz,cahill,romeu,ramirez,meireles,mata,torres,sturridge.stop using essien. he is aged,like giving back passes 2 much.cant run. Rather use mikel,he is young

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  9. Harry Babs

    April 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    line up cech, cahil, liuz, bertran, mikek, sturidge, matta, kalou, ramires, meriles, drogba

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