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Chelsea - Wigan Preview: Under-pressure Benitez desperate to end winless run

Chelsea - Wigan Preview: Under-pressure Benitez desperate to end winless run

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The Blues' recent form has been dire as the Champions League holders are without a victory in four, while Roberto Martinez may be optimistic of getting points from Stamford Bridge

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


CHELSEA

Chelsea FC
Turnbull
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand
Ramires, Luiz
Hazard, Lampard
, Mata
Torres

WIGAN
  Wigan Athletic
Al Habsi
Caldwell, Figueroa, Alcaraz
Stam, McCarthur, McCarthy, Beausejour
Espinosa, Di Santo, Maloney


John Terry (knee) will not feature against the Latics, Rafa Benitez has confirmed, but Demba Ba (broken nose) could be in contention for the hosts, although Fernando Torres is likely to start instead. Petr Cech is still recovering from a broken finger, so Ross Turnbull should carry on in his place.

Ashley Cole (hamstring) may be rested after having to come off during his 100th international appearance for England in the 2-1 victory over Brazil, while David Luiz (ankle) picked up a knock but should still play.

Eden Hazard is back after serving his three-match suspension for being sent off for attacking a Swansea ball boy, while Oriol Romeu (knee) is out until June.

Wigan's top scorer Aroune Kone is back from the Africa Cup of Nations but will need be assessed closer to the game before he returns to the starting line-up.

Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Emerson Boyce (hamstring) are set to return for the visitors, but the game comes too soon for Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) and Ben Watson (broken leg), with both expected back at the end of February.

There are no set return dates for Albert Crusat (knee), Fraser Fyvie (muscle), Mike Pollitt (hip) or Ivan Ramis (knee).

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have won six of their last seven home matches against Wigan in all competitions.
  • The Blues have won just two of their last five league games, with two draws and a defeat leaving their grip on third place in doubt.
  • Wigan only have one win in their last 12 Premier League games.
  • The Latics have scored at least two goals in their last three league matches, but have also conceded at least two goals in those games.
  • Rafa Benitez has 22 points from 13 Premier League games; Roberto Di Matteo was sacked with 24 from 12 matches.
  • Juan Mata (pictured, right) has been involved in 18 goals (nine goals, nine assists) in 20 starts for Chelsea this season.
  • Wigan have drawn three of their last four games, including a 90th minute equaliser against Southampton last weekend.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
21Marko MarinMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
9Demba BaStriker
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
16James McArthurMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
11Jean BeausejourMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
10Shaun MaloneyStriker
1JoelGoalkeeper
-Román GolobartDefender
19David JonesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
9Arouna KoneStriker
21Ángelo HenríquezStriker
15Callum McManamanStriker

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