Having lost their first premiership match of the season, Wigan Athletic have a tough game on their hands this weekend. Careful deliberation will be needed in order to field a side to meet wits with Chelsea, come sunday. Having lost their last match at Boleyn Ground, they are placed precariously to welcome the away team to the JJB Stadium.
In their last match, we saw Wigan facing an uphill battle, with their star player Amr Zaki providing them with a much needed point in the latter part of the match. By that same token, Zaki has demonstrated a lack of precision in his gameplay, with three golden opportunities passing him by, which could have ultimately led to his teams victory. Now placed 15th in the Premier League, the team is suffering from a lack of players this match, with the absence Taylor and Edman putting strain on their numbers. In total, the Latics have had over eight players away this week, on international duty.
Meanwhile, Chelsea may see the return of Michael Ballack to the field, with his ankle injury seemingly healed. Salomon Kalou will back from the Olympic Games by match start and will bolster the teams already formidable lineup. The Blues have, in contrast to Chelsea, started their season on a high note, with a respectable win at Stamford Bridge over Pompey. With former brazilian Luiz Felipe at the helm, the team is demonstrating diversity and strength in all key facets of its gameplay. However, if they are to gain the most from their matches, they will need to focus on converting at every step.