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  • December 17, 2011
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 18320
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Premier League Preview: Wigan - Chelsea

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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WIGAN ATHLETIC

 Al-Habsi
Stam, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa
Diame, McCarthy, Jones
Moses, Sammon, Gomez


  CHELSEA
 
Cech
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.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Wigan Athletic has conceded 15 goals at the DW Stadium this season in the Premier League. Only bottom placed Bolton has 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 halftime.
  • Chelsea has lost to this opponent only once in its 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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Available Squads
26Ali Al HabsiGoalkeeper
32Antolín AlcarazDefender
5Gary CaldwellDefender
-Ronnie StamDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
16James McCarthyMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
15Jordi GómezMidfielder
19David JonesMidfielder
21Mohamed DiameMidfielder
18Conor SammonStriker
12Mike PollittGoalkeeper
2S. GohouriDefender
8Albert CrusatMidfielder
8Ben WatsonMidfielder
-James McArthurMidfielder
9Franco Di SantoStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
26John TerryDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
-Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
11Didier DrogbaStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
51Josh McEachranMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
21Salomon KalouStriker
Players to Watch
Ali Al Habsi
Ali Al Habsi
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
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