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Barclays Premier League

Stamford Bridge

Sat 07 Apr 2012 15:00 (Attendance: 40,651)


With the dust barely settled from Wednesday night, it's back to the Bridge again for the first of an SW6 Easter double-header of league games. Club historian Rick Glanvill, club statistician Paul Dutton and former player Clive Walker slice through the bread-and-butter fixture…


On Wednesday Roberto Di Matteo steered Chelsea past the European quarter-finals for the 11th time in 14 attempts. His reward is to lock horns with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola for the first time since they met on the playing field at Camp Nou in 2000.

That enticing semi-final tie will be the sixth time our two clubs have been drawn together in 12 years.

This weekend brings Chelsea's 50th game of the season as we enter the traditionally congested Easter holiday schedule. The only remaining English team in Europe, the Blues are one of nine Premier League sides forced to play two matches in three. Wigan, who had no game in midweek, will also have two days more to recover before facing Manchester Utd.

Our game with Wigan tomorrow sees the first of six games, including two semi-finals, in 18 days.

Chelsea are in an excellent unbeaten run in all competitions at the Bridge, with seven wins and three draws since the turn of the year.

Success in Europe has not obviously come at the expense of the domestic campaigns. So far the Blues have won seven of the nine league and cup games immediately following Champions League involvement. The other two were the defeats at Old Trafford and Loftus Road.

Raul Meireles, whose emphatic thump beat his old Porto rivals Benfica, has hit three of his five goals this season in the last six outings.

Wigan, however, arrive as the sixth most in-form side over the last eight Premier League games, with three wins and four draws in that sequence.

Their current away form is impressive, especially for a side sitting one from bottom in the table. It is their home form is what is letting them down - one win in five, and just two all season. They have won twice as many away, two wins and one draw in five.

Having said that, the Latics have lost fewer times at home than outside of the DW Stadium: seven compared to eight.

They are better at picking off lower-placed sides and have only twice turned over top-half teams. Roberto Martinez's side took two points off Andre Villas-Boas's Chelsea earlier this season.

Chelsea v Wigan

Barclays Premier League fixtures

Swansea v Newcastle 4.30pm - Sky Sports
Sunderland v Tottenham 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Bolton v Fulham 3pm
Chelsea v Wigan 3pm
Liverpool v Aston Villa 3pm
Norwich v Everton 3pm
West Brom v Blackburn 3pm
Stoke v Wolverhampton 5.30pm - ESPN
Manchester United v QPR 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Arsenal v Manchester City 4pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League table
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 31 49 76
2 Man City 31 50 71
3 Arsenal 31 21 58
4 Tottenham 31 20 58
5 Chelsea 31 17 53
6 Newcastle 31 4 53
15 Aston Villa 30 -9 33
16 Bolton 30 -24 29
17 QPR 31 -19 28
18 Blackburn 31 -21 28
19 Wigan 31 -26 28
20 Wolves 31 -35 22

The race for the Premier League Golden Boot
Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 26
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 21
Sergio Agüero (Man City) 17
Demba Ba (Newcastle) 16
Yakubu (Blackburn) 14
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) 13
Mario Balotelli (Man City) 13
Clint Dempsey (Fulham) 13
Edin Džeko (Man City) 13
Grant Holt (Norwich) 12
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 10
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) 10
Steven Fletcher (Wolves) 10
Danny Graham (Swansea) 10
Javier Hernández (Man Utd) 10

The race for the Champions League
Remaining games: All have seven games to play
Arsenal Man City (h), Wolves (a), Wigan (h), Chelsea (h), Stoke (a), Norwich (h), West Brom (a).
Tottenham Sunderland (a), Norwich (h), QPR (a), Blackburn (h), Bolton (a), Aston Villa (a), Fulham (h).
Chelsea Wigan (h), Fulham (a), Arsenal (a), QPR (h), Newcastle (h), Liverpool (a), Blackburn (h).
Newcastle Swansea (a), Bolton (h), Stoke (h), Wigan (a), Chelsea (a), Man City (h), Everton (a).

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Chelsea's former winger Clive Walker looks at the game that begins an intense Easter holiday football programme.

'The fact is that there is a rush of matches that have to be dealt with. It's largely a question of the players' self-discipline now. Some of that comes with age and experience, going through it year in, year out.

'The training sessions at this stage will be lighter and less demanding, but it's not just a question of resting the body, but the mind too. As a senior squad member you're not only able to manage your own mind and body butthere's a lot of value if you are able to pass your ideas on how to rest and prepare properly on to younger ones.

'You have to think ahead. Rest is equally or more important than training when you have a lot of game time under your belt. In our day, many of us would have handled 50 games of 90 minutes, especially the likes of Ronnie Harris. Now rotation is a key factor.

'The science around all this has improved a lot but an individual knows the state of his own body better than any technology. With the upcoming catalogue of games we have, a lot of different squad members will be involved.

'Just when it appeared we were over our injury worries, too, we hear about John Terry's suspected rib injury - that can be really painful, trust me. And one thing's for sure, if John's not available we're the weaker for it.

'Gary Cahill has come in and done an excellent job. David Luíz too - vastly improved as a defender. But JT is a leader. We'll miss that if he's not playing.

'We must not underestimate this weekend's opposition. Look at what Wigan did to Liverpool a week ago - they went to Anfield and beat them.

'Results will come think and fast in the next few weeks, including some odd ones. We don't want to become one of those statistics - we need the others to drop points.

'Wigan didn't play in the week like we did and they've come up with a few surprises. 'Martinez has instilled a hard-work in his side and it's taken time for that to sink in. Previously he relied a lot on the likes of Hugo Rodallega and he hasn't been firing when fit. Without that flair and goalscoring he has seemed to change tack. They're less flamboyant but more of a team.

'Their January signing, Chilean winger Jean Beausejour (pictured below), has added a spark. He has some quality in his left foot, and we have to restrict his time and space.

Wigan Beausejour

'You would hope we would deal properly with our former striker Franco Di Santo to avoid the "rule of the ex".'

'We have to match their work ethic first and if we do that we will come out on top.

'I'm not worried about the little lulls we've seen from Chelsea against Aston Villa and Benfica, although they caused some hairy moments. That just shows the players are trying to manage themselves through the rest of the season.'

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In early 2007 Chelsea realistically sought success on three fronts. The team's chances of defending the fourth, the Premier League, had taken a knock over the festive season with three successive draws allowing Manchester United to take a six-point lead at the top.

Newspapers were gleefully running stories that manager José Mourinho was unsettled or unwanted, and the Blues badly needed a lift.

Step forward, then, Paul Jewell's Wigan on Saturday 13 January for what would prove a morale-boosting occasion for the Londoners - just what was required.

Andriy Shevchenko was missing, injured, and Mourinho was able to recall explosive winger Arjen Robben. The electric Dutchman had one of those games where he was virtually unstoppable and Chelsea had stacked up several near-misses before a defensive mix-up gifted the Blues the hope inside 15 minutes.

A free kick from Frank Lampard dipped and bounced in the middle of the box, goalie Chris Kirkland and centre-back Fitz Hall leaving the other to clear the danger. Instead, the ball continued, untroubled, into the net.


The Latics were fortunate to return for the second half just one goal down, and 18 minutes later the hosts had doubled the lead. Kristofer Haestad disastrously short-changed Kirkland with a back-pass and Robben pounced in a flash, rounded the exposed 'keeper and tapped into an empty net.

Within a few minutes the winger had beaten most of the Wigan backline and driven across goal, the ball diverting in off Kirkland.

In the closing stages a rare right-wing foray by John Mikel Obi produced a neat cross for Didier Drogba, who eagerly headed his 21st goal of the season.

This weekend the Blues are looking for a fourth successive home win against Wigan. We have also won five of our previous six league matches at Stamford Bridge.

The Latics have only avoided defeat in a league game at Stamford Bridge once in April 2008 when Emile Heskey snatched a stoppage-time equaliser after Michael Essien had put the Blues ahead early in the second half.

Olivier Kapo scored Wigan's only other league goal at Stamford Bridge, in 2009.

All our previous games against Wigan at Stamford Bridge
1979/80 Wigan won 1-0 FA Cup third round
1984/85 Drew 2-2 FA Cup third round
2005/06 Chelsea won 1-0 Premier League
2006/07 Chelsea won 4-0 Premier League
2007/08 Drew 1-1 Premier League
2008/09 Chelsea won 2-1 Premier League
2009/10 Chelsea won 8-0 Premier League
2010/11 Chelsea won 1-0 Premier League



The reverse fixture this season
17 December 2011 Barclays Premier League
Wigan…..………..….1 Chelsea………..……1
Gomez 86                     Sturridge 58
                        Att: 18,320

Chelsea v Wigan Athletic in all competitions
Games played 18
Chelsea wins 12
Wigan wins 3
Draws 3

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 6
Chelsea wins 5
Wigan wins 0
Draws 1

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan - 09/05/2010
Wigan are still looking for their first league win

Chelsea dropped points to Wigan at Stamford Bridge: 1,454
Wigan won three successive league games: 1,196
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,513
Liverpool won the league: 8,008

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The Blues have won seven and drawn one of nine games since Robbie Di Matteo took over as interim first-team coach.

Of our 10 remaining games, only Liverpool and Barcelona are being played outside London.

Chelsea are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in 2012 having won seven and drawn three in all competitions, scoring 24 and keeping five clean sheets in the process.

The 36 league goals we have conceded is the worst since 2002/03 when we let in 38.

Chelsea have dropped 15 points from either drawing or winning positions this term.

Last six results
Mar 18 Leicester (FA Cup QF h) W 5-2
Mar 21 Manchester City (a) L 1-2
Mar 24 Tottenham (h) D 0-0
Mar 27 Benfica (Champions League a) W 1-0
Mar 31 Aston Villa (a) W 4-2
Apr 4 Benfica (Champions League h) W 2-1


2011/12 Premier League scorers
Lampard 10 (2 pens), Sturridge 10, Drogba 5 (1 pen), Mata 5, Ramires 4, Terry 4, Torres 3, Ivanovic 2, D Luiz 2, Anelka 1, Bosingwa 1, Cahill 1, Kalou 1, Malouda 1, Meireles 1, own goals 2 (Taylor, Swansea, Evans, Man Utd). Total 53.

League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 0
A home defeat: 5

Frank Lampard's next strike will be his 150th Premier League goal in his career (Chelsea 125, West Ham 24).

If selected, David Luiz will make his 50th Blues appearance


Major trophies

It took 46 years and 34 unsuccessful attempts before Wigan were elected to the Football League. They made incredible progress to reach the top flight for the first time in 2005. They have been Second and Third Division champions as well as winning the Freight Rover Trophy in 1985 and the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1999.

Wigan have won two and drawn one of their last three away games.

The Latics are hoping for a third straight Premier League win, a feat they haven't achieved since December 2008.

Wigan have only lost one of their last eight matches in the Premier League. A recent form table for the last eight games would see Wigan in sixth place with 13 points.

The Latics have gained 10 points from losing positions. Only Arsenal, Wolves, Norwich and Aston Villa have a better record.

No side has scored fewer league goals than Wigan's 29 in 31 games.

Only Blackburn (35) and Bolton (31) have conceded more away goals in the Barclays Premier League than Wigan's 30.

Wigan have won 15 points from a possible 45 away from the DW Stadium this term. They have won four at Sunderland, West Brom, Bolton and Liverpool, drawn three at Swansea, Stoke and Norwich and lost eight at Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Wolves, Manchester United, QPR and Tottenham.

Manager Roberto Martinez
Days in charge: 1,027
Played 120
Won 29
Drawn 36
Lost 55

Wigan's last 10 year league history

Pts Pos Division Level
2001/02 64 10th League Division Two 3
2002/03 100 1st League Division Two 3
2003/04 71 7th League Division One 2
2004/05 87 2nd Championship 2
2005/06 51 10th Premier League 1
2006/07 38 17th Premier League 1
2007/08 40 14th Premier League 1
2008/09 45 11th Premier League 1
2009/10 36 16th Premier League 1
2010/11 42 16th Premier League 1




Last six results
Feb 25 Aston Villa (h) D 0-0
Mar 3 Swansea (h) L 0-2
Mar 11 Norwich (a) D 1-1
Mar 17 West Brom (h) D 1-1
Mar 24 Liverpool (a) W 2-1
Mar 31 Stoke (h) W 2-0


2011/12 Premier League scorers
Di Santo 4, Gomez 4 (2 pens), Moses 4, Caldwell 3, McArthur 3, Watson 3 (2 pens), Diame 2, Rodallega 2, Alcaraz 1, Crusat 1, Maloney 1 (pen), own goal 1. Total 29.

League games since
An away win: 0
An away draw: 1
An away defeat: 3

Wigan's major January transfers

Ins Jean Beausejour (Birmingham, undisclosed)
Outs None

This will be Mike Jones' fourth Blues match of the season. Previously he was the referee in both our league matches against Everton and at home to Norwich. His only Latics game was their home defeat to Fulham in October.

There are no suspensions.

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Chelsea v Wigan Athletic


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 16
    Raul Meireles
  • 5
    Michael Essien Substitution
  • 23
    Daniel Sturridge Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 15
    Florent Malouda Substitution
  • 11
    Didier Drogba


  • 6
    Oriol Romeu
  • 17
    Jose Bosingwa
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 21
    Salomon Kalou Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Wigan Athletic

  • 26
    Ali Al Habsi
  • 3
    Antolin Alcaraz
  • 5
    Gary Caldwell
  • 31
    Maynor Figueroa
  • 17
    Emmerson Boyce
  • 4
    James McCarthy
  • 16
    Substitution James McArthur
  • 22
    Substitution Jean Beausejour
  • 11
    Victor Moses
  • 9
    Substitution Franco Di Santo
  • 10
    Shaun Maloney


  • 18
    Substitution Conor Sammon
  • 14
    Jordi Gomez
  • 21
    Substitution Mohamed Diame
  • 23
    Ronnie Stam
  • 8
    Substitution Ben Watson
  • 7
    Albert Crusat
  • 1
    Chris Kirkland

Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic Highlights

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Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
9:52 min


Juan Mata inside stoppage time rescued the win for the Blues after Wigan substitute Mohamed Diame cancelled out Branislav Ivanovic's opener.

It was a dramatic ending to a game that had previously lacked major incident, a much-changed Chelsea side failing to find the net in the first half against the strugglers from the north-west.

But then Ivanovic scored a controversial opener from an attack he had initiated, his fourth goal in his last six appearances, before Mata did similarly late on after substitute Fernando Torres struck woodwork.

Between those strikes, Stamford Bridge had been shocked by a well-struck Wigan equaliser with eight minutes left on the clock. Chelsea had a second-half penalty appeal turned down too and it was worrying times, but then Mata was in just the right place at just the right time to notch his 11th strike of his first Chelsea season to keep his side challenging for a top-four spot.

Team news
With the games coming thick and fast and John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole all ruled out through injury, Roberto Di Matteo made seven changes.

Two were in defence where Gary Cahill replaced the skipper and Ryan Bertrand was handed his first Premier League start at left-back.

Michael Essien and Raul Meireles returned to the starting line-up as the deeper midfielders and in front of them, Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda returned as the wide men. Didier Drogba took over from Fernando Torres as the spearhead of the attack and wore the captain's armband.

Wigan were unchanged from their win over Stoke. Former Chelsea man Franco Di Santo was their centre-forward.

First half
It was an inauspicious start by Di Santo, his first touch requiring a sliding follow up to stop it going out of play and the Argentinian then fouled the breaking David Luiz. Wigan survived the free-kick and then put Chelsea under a spot of pressure.

Then an attacking Branislav Ivanovic was fouled out wide on eight minutes and Drogba attacked Mata's free-kick, but the keeper was able to pouch the loose ball.

Chelsea v Wigan

Three minutes later there was a good link up between Essien and Bertrand, followed by Bertrand doing well to get a cross over, but Malouda hooked a difficult shot well wide.

There were some good combinations starting to appear from the boys in blue and after a spell of sustained pressure, the ball came out to Cahill who balanced himself before unleashing a crisp 25-yard drive. Al Habsi had to spring high to push it over the bar.

Essien enjoyed a good first half but picked up a 21st minute booking. He tripped Victor Moses who was sprinting menacingly into the Chelsea half after the Blues had lost possession with plenty of men forward.

Cech had to then stop two long-range attempts from the visitors, the second after David Luiz and Bertand had both been turned while challenging for the ball.

The Stamford Bridge crowd was almost treated to a classic Drogba goal on 25 minutes, the Ivorian chesting back a high ball, taking Malouda's return pass, shrugging off a challenge by McCarthy but then firing just wide.

Chelsea v Wigan

At the other end, Di Santo was proving a bit of a handful and Cahill needed to slide in diligently to stop one advance, before in the 10 minutes before the interval Chelsea put together the two most incisive moves of the half.

Firstly, Mata was played in on the left by Drogba and cut inside a defender but then shot at the keeper from close in with plenty of goal to aim at. The ball span up to Drogba who headed on target but Figueroa was back to clear off the line.

Then in stoppage time, a sequence of passing from one end of the pitch to the other ended with Malouda crossing to the far post and Drogba's crisp header was tipped over by Al Habsi, the Wigan keeper their player of the afternoon so far.

Second half
'Come on Chelsea' sang Stamford Bridge in the opening minutes of the second period. No-one wanted the stress again of the closing minutes of the previous game here against Benfica. A goal was now well overdue.

But the Blues made heavy work of it. Malouda was booked for a high challenge on McCarthy in the centre-circle although contact might have been minimal. Malouda certainly protested so.

On 54 minutes Chelsea at last worked Al Habsi again, the keeper saving with his leg from Drogba who had pulled wide to the left before shooting. Sturridge was off target soon after.

Torres was introduced on 58 minutes, taking the place of Malouda but playing wide on the right. He would have a major impact on the game.

First though, Ivanovic took it upon himself to drive on towards goal and it took a foul by Maloney at the expense of a yellow card to halt the Serbian who for a brief moment took over the game.

Mata played the free-kick over to a crowd at the far post, Wigan cleared initially, but when Meireles chipped back in, Ivanovic was there to side-foot the ball home. There was a strong suspicion of offside about it and the visitors protested en masse, but after speaking to his linesman, referee Mike Jones confirmed his decision to award the goal. We had played just over an hour.

Chelsea v Wigan

A minute after the breakthrough, Wigan came within a whisker of equalising but Ivanovic did brilliantly to race back and clear a Di Santo shot off the line.

As was to be expected, Chelsea were able to find more space in the Wigan half since going ahead but twice Torres lost his footing when promisingly placed.

There was also a shout for a penalty as Gary Caldwell's arm appeared to prevent Drogba getting his head to a cross.

On 77 minutes, Drogba brilliantly slotted a pass through to Sturridge but the England striker frustratingly shot wide of the near post.

The need for a second goal felt ever more strong as the Latics enjoyed one of their best spells of the game and it proved to be the case when substitute Diame ran wide of Bertrand just outside the area. He smashed the ball into the net with Cech unable to react. There were only eight minutes left on the clock.

Incredibly the visitors almost took the lead but Moses's dangerous ball across the six-yard box evaded everyone.

It was desperate times for the Blues but when Torres did keep his feet to cross for substitute Kalou to volley, the perimeter boards again took a pounding.

It was fast becoming a repeat of the nerve-freying ending of last Wednesday as David Luiz had to block from Caldwell inside the Chelsea six-yard box, the Brazilian defender himself having given Wigan the chance to counter as he lost the ball when charging forward.

But all's well that ends well and Mata began and ended the attack that secured all three points.

Battling past a white-shirted tackler just inside the Wigan half, he chipped over the defence for Drogba who spotted and found Torres in space beyond the right-hand post. The Spaniard struck his volley perfectly but it smashed against the far post. Happily Mata was there to turn it home - no more than the move deserved.

Chelsea v Wigan

Torres could have scored himself before the end but the keeper saved. Chelsea had done enough though, and consecutive home league draws had been avoided. We cut the gap to Tottenham down to three points.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Bertrand; Essien (Mikel 73), Meireles; Sturridge (Kalou 83), Mata, Malouda (Torres 58); Drogba (c).
Unused subs Turnbull, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Romeu,.
Scorers Ivanovic 61, Mata 90+2.
Booked Essien 21, Malouda 52.

Wigan (3-4-3): Al Habsi; Alcaraz, Caldwell (c), Figueroa; Boyce, McArthur (Diame 70), McCarthy, Beausejour (Watson 70); Moses, Di Santo (Sammon 79), Maloney.
Scorer Diame 82
Unused subs Kirkland, Stam, Crusat, Gomez.
Booked Maloney 60, Figueroa 64.

Referee Mike Jones.
Crowd 40,651.

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Matchday Programme


Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...