Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Chelsea Vs Latics Preview

Chelsea
vs.
Wigan Athletic

Stamford Bridge

28/02/09

3 pm

Steve Bruce takes his Wigan Athletic side into todays game at Chelsea with five key players out through injury or suspension.

Antonio Valencia and Mido are both not quite ready and wont be risked whilst Daniel DeRidder and Jason Koumas have thigh strains and new signing Ben Watson will miss the game due to picking up a booking in last weeks game at Middlesbrough, his fifth of the season so he serves a one match suspension

Latics have drawn their last 4 games, three of which have been 0-0 and a similar score line here today would be seen as a good result with Chelsea being somewhat resurgent under new boss Guus Hiddink.

Chelsea beat Juventus 1-0 in midweek and the score line actually flattered the Italian side with Chelsea creating several chances, notably through Drogba who put in a very good performance and got the winning goal on 15 minutes.

The Juventus win together with the away win at Villa Park last weekend have given the Chelsea faithful renewed hope that their season wont end in a damp squib as seemed inevitable under former boss Scolari.

Today will be a stern test for the Latics but we are no mugs, even with the injuries and I can see Bruce having his tactics spot on and another 0-0 could be on the cards.

What the bosses say:

Latics boss Steve Bruce:

'I have the highest regard for Chelsea's boss Guus Hiddink and, when I watched them in the Champions League, they are a very good team with very good players.

'I saw them pulverise Juventus in the first half of their Champions League tie, so there is not an awful lot wrong.

'A new manager has brought another intensity, they are going to be rolling up their sleeves and giving it a go - that is normal in the short term.

'That means we are going to have to work really hard on Saturday.'


Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink:

'If we are focusing on the title then we have to win everything that is true.

'But Manchester United have to drop points as well and they are a very stable squad. It is difficult. But, yes, we have to win everything.'



Chelsea Team News:

Carvalho and Essien are out and Deco is a majot doubt

Chelsea from:

Cech, Hilario, Taylor, Ferreira, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Mancienne, Ivanovic, A Cole, Belletti, Stoch, Lampard, Obi, Ballack, Deco, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka, Malouda, Di Santo.

Player to watch: Drogba

Playing with a new sense of belief and confidence at the moment and a class act

Wigan Athletic Team News:

Valencia, Mido, Koumas and DeRidder all out injured Watson suspended.

Latics from:

Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Cattermole, N'Zogbia, Sibierski, Kapo, Zaki, Kingson, Pollitt, Edman, Brown, Boyce, Rodallega.

Player to watch: Titus Bramble

Bramble has been absolutely magnificent this season and we havent conceded in the past three games, Titus has stood out in all three

Any Previous?

Last Season
Chelsea 1-1 Latics
14/04/08

Total League Fixtures:

Chelsea 6 wins, Latics 0, Draws 1

Ref Watch:

Lee Probert (Gloucester

Card Watch

Games - 5

Yellows - 13

Reds - 0

Match Prediction:

Heart says 0-0 draw

Head says 2-0 loss

I always go with my heart

Up Next:

Premier League
Latics Vs West Ham Utd
JJB
Wednesday
4/03/09
7:45


Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday February 28 2009
Time: 8:48AM

Comments

0
TBH I'd take the 0-0 now if I could and so would Brucie I suspect
worbo
28/02/2009 08:51:00
0
TBH I'd take the 0-0 now if I could and so would Brucie I suspect
worbo
28/02/2009 08:51:00
0
I'd take anything at Stamford Bridge. Don't see it happening with what's at stake for Chelsea.
robin
28/02/2009 11:59:00
0
I'd take anything at Stamford Bridge. Don't see it happening with what's at stake for Chelsea.
robin
28/02/2009 11:59:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Liam Sephton
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are you happy with the price of season tickets for next season?
Suggested By: JJ
Yes64%
No36%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.king_dezeeuw06181
2.truelatic4eva128
3.Get a Grip!127
4.Whittleblue124
5.Moonay105
6.C_Latic95
7.bickymon78
8.WN564
9.Jonny_SuffolkLatic61
10.dwdan51
Vital Football Comment