Chelsea vs Wigan Preview

Saturday afternoon’s game at Stamford Bridge sees third place Chelsea host third from bottom Wigan Athletic.

The hosts are without a win in four games, and go in to the weekend on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United. Rafa Benitez’s men had lead with just over twenty minutes left to play, but a double from Moussa Sissoko handed all three points to the Toon Army.

Eden Hazard returns after completing a three match ban, though John Terry is out with a knee injury and Petr Cech is doubtful after breaking a finger. Demba Ba is likely to play with a face mask to protect his broken nose.

Ba is favourite to open the scoring at 5.0 (4/1) with Bet Victor while Frank Lampard, who netted England’s winner in their friendly with Brazil on Wednesday evening is 6.5 (11/2) with the same firm.

Chelsea are odds on favourites to take the three points at a best price of 1.36 (4/11), with Wigan a 10.0 (9/1) chance with Stan James. The draw is widely available at 5.5 (9/2).

The visitors have won just once in twelve league games, with last weekend’s draw with Southampton leaving them two points from safety.

Arouna Kone will have his fitness monitored ahead of the game, having recently returned from the Africa Cup of Nations, while Antonlin Alcaraz is still recovering from a groin injury. Captain Gary Caldwell is likely to miss out with a hip problem.

Kone is 12.0 (11/1) with a number of bookmakers to grab the first goal of the game, while you can back former Chelsea man Franco Di Santo at 13.0 (12/1).

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