Wigan Athletic and Chelsea have met twenty times in all competitions down the years, the first ever meeting coming in January 1980 when basement club Latics went to Stamford Bridge for a 3rd round FA cup tie and came away with a famous 1-0 victory thanks to a great Tommy Gore aim.There is a lovely article with an interview from Tommy on that first meeting.They also knocked the Blues out of the Milk Cup (League cup) a year later in November 1981, Mark Wignall goals helped the Latics accomplish a 4-2 win at Springfield Park, in the Chelsea side that night was a sure Chris Hutchings, who would go on to have great success alongside Paul Jewell at the Latics and, not as successfully, manage the club in his own right.Of work our first ever Premier League game was against the then Champions Chelsea, on a bright Sunday in August 2005 Jose Mourinho brought his side to the DW Stadium as a brand spanking new period in the Latics history kicked-off, although they lost the game in the dying embers to a classic Herman Crespo strike, the club gained plenty of admiration that day and made plenty of new friends.In the earlier meetings between the clubs Latics have three wins, Chelsea 14, draws three. In the Premier League it is one win, one draw, 13 defeats, with Latics picking up point at Stamford Bridge from seven visits, conceding 19 goals, scoring three, didn’t realize it was that bad.The Latics finished last season strong, and they hope to build on that against Chelsea. Meanwhile, the European champions hope to recover from a sixth-place league finish.Every team has goals heading into the season, but it all starts by getting three points on the first weekend. In order to do that, Chelsea must use the best lineup possible, and I’ve done my best to predict what Roberto Di Matteo will use as his starting lineup.
When the latest players injured are Petr Cech and Demba Ba wonders whether some sorcerer has a set of voodoo dolls and is sticking pins in the most influential players. Both pulled out of their international matches this week although their availability for the weekend is not yet known.Three wins in ten games is not the Chelsea way and while it could be a challenge to improve with so plenty of regular starters absent through injury or international commitments, improve they must. Any points dropped now could permit Tottenham, at home to Newcastle, to overtake.Wigan’s lengthy casualty list may shorten ahead of their journey south this weekend while Chelsea welcome Eden Hazard back after suspension. No win was managed in his three-game absence and some might still bet on a 2-2 draw. The Blues have recorded that scoreline two times in six matches, while the Latics have endured in succession.
Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic Match 2013
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Date:09 February 2013 | 09-02-2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Venue: Stamford Bridge, England
Chelsea and Wigan Athletic both teams players list probables lineup details here.
Chelsea probables lineup:
Cech Ferreira, Luiz, Cahill, Cole Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Sturridge, Torres, Mata.
Wigan Athletic probables lineup:
Al-Habsi Alcaraz, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa McCarthy, Diame, McArthur, Beausejour Moses Di Santo.
Chelsea will win though match against Wigan Athletic by 2-1.
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