Chelsea Vs Wigan Athletic Preview and Prediction
Day: 9 May 2010
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Kick off: 17:00 CET
Chelsea will be assured their first Premier League title since 2006 at the weekend should they manage to win against Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have been magnificent throughout the campaign, and provided Sunday's match plays out the way it is expected, they will have proven worthy champions of a highly exciting league.
Chelsea Player Information (Source goal.com)
Carlo Ancelotti will be without both Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel (who had surgery on a knee injury this week) for the game, which means Michael Ballack will have to continue in his slight make-shift role as the side's holding midfielder.
Both Jose Bosingwa and Ricardo Carvalho continue their long-term absence, but otherwise Ancelotti has a strong squad to choose from.
Didier Drogba has concerns over a persistent groin injury, but will doubtless look to play through the pain barrier in helping his team-mates to a first title since 2006.
Possible starting XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, A Cole; Ballack, Lampard, Malouda; Kalou, Anelka, Drogba.
Wigan Athletic Player Information (Source goal.com)
Charles N'Zogbia returns to action after missing the last game against Hull, which will be a major boost for Roberto Martinez as he will be without some other key players.
Both goalkeeper Chris Kirkland (hand) and defender Titus Bramble (stress fracture) continue to miss out with injury problems, while two on-loan forwards, Marcelo Moreno (ankle injury) and Scott Sinclair (ineligible), are unavailable.
Midfielder Paul Scharner will be involved, however, in what will be his last game for the club.
Possible starting XI: Stojkovic; Figueroa, Gohouri, Caldwell, Melchiot; McCarthy, Watson, Diame; Moses, N'Zogbia; Rodallega.
Chelsea Vs Wigan Athletic Prediction:
Wosb.com: Score Prediction - 3:0
Soccervista.com: Score Prediction - 4:1
Vitibet.com: Score Prediction - 4:0
Goal.com: It will be interesting to see how determined Martinez is to keep his side playing open and attractive attacking football, seeing as it will almost certainly play into the hands of the home side on Sunday, and leave his side vulnerable to a battering.
Wigan have the attacking quality to perhaps scare the Stamford Bridge crowd with a goal or two, but defensively the side is still suspect and, with Drogba, Anelka, Malouda and Lampard in fine form, the Blues are easily capable of exploiting any glaring deficiencies.
With a victory ensuring the title, it would take a brave man to suggest the visitors have the mentality, let alone the quality, to spoil what promises to be a memorable party atmosphere in west London.
Chelsea 3-1 Wigan Athletic
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