Chelsea v Wigan, Sat 15:00
Following on from their midweek win over Benfica, spirits will undoubtedly be through the roof in the Chelsea camp before the team head into their weekend game against Wigan Athletic, as Betfred offer long odds against that Roberto Martinez’s side can take all three points back to the DW Stadium.
The West London outfit’s victory means that they succeeded in proceeding to the semi-finals of this season’s Champions League and despite the fact that they’ll come up against the terrifying threat of Barcelona, the Blues will be on a considerable high regardless.
That latest result means that Chelsea now have seven wins in their last nine outings and will be hoping to boost their efforts of securing a top four finish when they face 19th position Wigan.
However, the Latics will present more of a challenge than they might have this time last month and the Chelsea playing staff would be foolish to take this fixture for granted after fending off their Portuguese opposition.
Roberto Martinez’s side have made vast improvements in that space of time and have lost just once in their last eight games, making for a weightier risk to Chelsea’s European chances.
Wigan still don’t hold impressive statistics in terms of attack or defence when playing away from home but a great deal of that is due to a miserable first half of their season.
Fernando Torres may still be considered a flop in relation to his £50m price-tag but the Spaniard seems to have more about him in recent gameweeks, even managing to net last weekend against Aston Villa.
El Niño may even go as far to score in consecutive Premier League matches this week as he won’t get many better chances than against Wigan, who have managed to keep a clean sheet in just 7% of away games this campaign.
John Terry has recently been suffering with cracked ribs and was subbed off in the win over Benfica but could return to the starting line-up this weekend.
Martinez can be happy to have a near clean bill of health and David Jones and Michael Pollitt are two players who may return to the Wigan teamsheet on Saturday.