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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(72) 61 Goals 21 (45)
(50) 45 Assists 26 (32)
(6.8) 7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
31.5 Average Age 32.6
181.5 Average Height (cm) 182
(1.2) 1.4 Shots pg 0.8 (0.9)
(51%) 51% Aerial Duel Success 44% (47%)
(0.7) 0.6 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.5)
(1.7) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Oriol Romeu Out 6.49
Demba Ba Doubtful 6.6
Petr Cech Doubtful 6.91
John Obi Mikel Out 6.75
Victor Moses Out 6.56
Player Reason Status Rating
Ben Watson Out 6.7
Albert Crusat Out N/A
Ryo Miyaichi Out 6.15
Mike Pollitt Out N/A
Antolin Alcaraz Out 7.03
Iván Ramis Out 6.72
Fraser Fyvie Doubtful 6.28
Emmerson Boyce Doubtful 6.86

Team News

  • Chelsea have Eden Hazard back after the suspension he was given for 'kicking' a ball boy wasn't extended and was kept to 3 games.
  • Demba Ba is a doubt after breaking his nose as he was kicked in the face by Fabricio Coloccini last time out.
  • Petr Cech missed the Czech Republic's win over Turkey in midweek and is very doubtful for this game.
  • Arouna Kone could go straight back into the Wigan starting XI after returning from African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast.
  • Emmerson Boyce could return after missing the draw with Southampton last week due to a hamstring injury he sustained at Stoke.
  • Paul Scharner should start in the back three once again after an impressive 'second' debut on his return to Wigan.

Prediction

  • Chelsea's form has wavered in the last few weeks, the Blues winning only 2 of their last 6 outings, though each of those wins came against the only top-half opposition they have faced in that run - Stoke and Arsenal.
  • Wigan have drawn three of their last 4 matches but have thrown away leads in three of those games, including last weeks stalemate with Southampton. They will be pleased to have Kone back in their ranks, though he is unlikely to be able to make significant enough difference for them to get a result here.
  • Chelsea have won the most penalties in the Premier League this season (8) while Wigan have conceded the most (7), so Frank Lampard, who has scored in each of the last 3 games, could be a good bet to score. Wigan need to start winning games to get out of their poor position, but this isn't where any good run of form will begin.
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