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Chelsea - Wigan Athletic Preview: Hosts look to make it five wins in seven against the Latics

Chelsea - Wigan Athletic Preview: Hosts look to make it five wins in seven against the Latics

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The Blues are bidding to keep the pressure on Spurs and Arsenal in the top four, while the Latics are seeking three Premier League wins on the bounce for the first time since 2005



PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Ferreira, Luiz, Cahill, Cole
Mikel, Lampard, Ramires,
Sturridge, Torres, Mata

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Al-Habsi
Alcaraz, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa
McCarthy, Diame, McArthur, Beausejour
Moses
Di Santo


Skipper John Terry has insisted his willingness to play through the pain of a cracked rib but Roberto Di Matteo may choose to rest him for the game against the Latics.

John Obi Mikel is expected to complete a midfield trio alongside Frank Lampard and Ramires after a string of impressive performances in recent weeks from the Nigerian.

The Latics recall Mohamed Diame for the first time in three matches, as the combative midfielder has recovered from a groin problem.

Victor Moses may be given license to roam after his strike against Stoke City last week, with former Blues striker Franco Di Santo expected to lead the line in the absence of the injured Hugo Rodallega.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have won five of the last seven meetings between the sides.
  • Frank Lampard (pictured) needs one goal to reach 150 Premier League strikes (West Ham 24, Chelsea 125).
  • Chelsea defeated the Latics 8-0 in the same fixture in 2010 - the very day they last lifted the Premier League trophy.
  • Wigan have lost just one of their last eight matches - 2-0 defeat to Swansea.
  • The Latics are chasing three consecutive wins for the first time since November 2005.
  • Striker Franco Di Santo is likely to feature against his old club, although he has only managed four goals this season.
  • The two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture back in December, when Jordi Gomez struck two minutes from time to cancel out Daniel Sturridge's opener.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
23David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
14Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3José BosingwaDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Salomon KalouStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
17Emmerson BoyceDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
22Jean BeausejourMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
1Chris KirklandGoalkeeper
-Ronnie StamDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker

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