Both of these teams approach this fixture knowing that it is crucial to pick up at least something, with both having something to play for. In the case of Chelsea, the Blues are looking to close the gap on the Champions League qualification places as they occupy 5th position. Wigan on the other hand are battling at the other end of the table, with the Latics frantically trying to pick up points and escape from the 19th spot they currently find themselves in.
While Chelsea may be the only British club left in a European competition, their domestic performance is far from successful and Roberto Di Matteo’s men face a real battle to finish in the top four. The Blues have an almighty task on their hands with just seven games remaining, as five points separate them from Tottenham and Arsenal who sit in 4th and 3rd place respectively. There is no doubt that the Stamford Bridge outfit have shown considerable signs of improvement since Di Matteo took over the reins several weeks ago, but their performances have still been shaky and it remains to be seen if they have what it takes to make an advance towards the European qualification positions. Still, with the Blues unbeaten in their last ten at home, many supporters will continue to carry optimism as long as hope remains.
Wigan on the other hand simply must not know how to exit the bottom three. The Latics have strung together some impressive form through recent weeks but unfortunately, this has coincided with good results of their rivals. Such results have meant that Roberto Martinez’s men remain in the bottom three, but only due to goal difference. The club have lost just one of their last eight, while they also approach this encounter on the back of successive victories against Liverpool and Stoke. Moreover, their supporters will hold added confidence ahead of this game, with the Latics renowned as being a better side at home this term.
Chelsea have been handed a huge blow this week after it was revealed John Terry’s injury is worse than first thought. Elsewhere, Roberto Di Matteo has further problems in his team, with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole also set to miss out as knee and ankle injuries hinder them respectively. It’s mixed news for Wigan on the other hand, with the Latics firstly set to welcome back Mohamed Diame following a groin injury. However, Hugo Rodellega will be absent once again as he struggles with a knee complaint.
Even though Wigan’s record in recent weeks has been impressive, we just think Chelsea will prove too strong in this clash. The Blues are far superior on paper and bearing this in mind, our prediction is going to be a 3-0 victory for the Stamford Bridge outfit.