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Premier League

  • 17 December 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 18320

Wigan - Chelsea Preview: Andre Villas-Boas' men looking to continue formidable record against Latics

The west London club have lost only once in 12 Premier League meetings with the Lancashire side, and are high on confidence after ending Manchester City's unbeaten run



Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Moses, Sammon, Gomez

Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Romeu, Lampard
Sturridge, Drogba, Mata

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has Chris Kirkland unavailable due to a back injury, while young defender Patrick van Aanholt, on loan from Chelsea, cannot participate due to Premier League rules.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas misses long-term absentee Michael Essien, who is out with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament. Josh McEachran also remains on the sidelines due to an ankle injury he picked up against Liverpool. Meanwhile, Henrique Hilario is a doubt due to an illness.


  • Wigan Athletic have conceded 15 goals at the DW Stadium this season in the Premier League. Only bottom placed Bolton Wanderers have shipped in more on home soil.
  • Roberto Martinez's men are also on a dubious run of five games without a win at their home ground.
  • The Latics would have been outside the relegation zone in 17th place if all matches ended at half-time.
  • Chelsea have lost to these opponents only once in their 12 meetings in the Premier League.
  • The last three games between the two sides has seen the Blues scoring 15 goals without reply.
  • Didier Drogba (pictured right) has scored five goals in 10 appearances against Wigan.
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Players to watch

Ali Al Habsi

Position: Goalkeeper

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The goalkeeper will have to be alert since the Latics have conceded heavily against these opponents in the recent past. His team will gain a massive confidence boost if they are able to hold off a side that this week ended league leaders Manchester City's unbeaten record.

D. Drogba

Position: Attacker

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The veteran's future has been the subject of some speculation in recent weeks, but the forward won't be distracted on the pitch and will be looking to add to his impressive record against Wigan.

Editor's Prediction

Chelsea should be able to get the three points at the DW Stadium and close the gap to Manchester City in the title race.

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