Premier League: Wigan v Chelsea Team News
Bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and cash back specials on this afternoon’s televised Barclays Premier league game between Wigan Athletic and Chelsea.
Football fans will tune in to this match expecting a feast of goals after the games involving these two sides produced ten goals on the first day of the season.
Wigan conceded eight to today’s rivals on the final day of last season at Stamford Bridge then four at home to Blackpool in this season’s opener; Chris Kirkland will be expecting another busy workout today.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick in the 8-0 rout against Wigan and kicked off this season with another in Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing of West Brom last week.
Bookmakers are being cautious about his hat-trick odds today, but Ladbrokes are bold in offering odds of 12/1 for him to continue the roll.
Last season this fixture threw up a surprising result when Wigan won 3-1 with an all out attacking approach to the game.
The bookies don’t envisage a repeat, Totesport are offering massive odds of 14/1 for Wigan to win.
Betfred think so little of Latic’s chances they are offering to refund bets on selected markets if Wigan win.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has hinted he will call up Charles N’Zogbia who has been out of favour following recent transfer speculation.
Victor Moses misses out following a calf injury picked up in last week’s match and it is expected that Martinez will opt to replace him with N’Zogbia ahead of James McArthur.
Gary Caldwell will be missed in central defence; he is not expected to return until October after having hip surgery in the summer.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will recall Branislav Ivanovic to replace full-back Paulo Ferreira.
Ivanovic picked up a knock on international duty and came on as substitute against West Brom for the last 30 minutes.
New midfield signing Ramires joins the first team squad from Benfica but the Brazilian must wait for his chance and John Obi Mikel will continue.
Defender Jose Bosingwa will remain in the sidelines until September with a knee injury.
Likely starting line ups:
WIGAN: Kirkland, Stam, Gohouri, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Diame, Watson, McCarthy, N’Zogbia, Boselli, Rodallega.
CHELSEA: Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.