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Friday, August 22, 2008

Wigan v Chelsea Preview

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has Ryan Taylor available after a shin injury.
Erik Edman (knee ligament) remains on course for an October return after resuming light training this week.

Chelsea's Michael Ballack has responded well to treatment to his ankle and could figure, while fellow midfielder Michael Essien may also be fit.

Strikers Didier Drogba (knee) and Andriy Shevchenko (groin) are out but Salomon Kalou is available after returning from the Olympics.

Wigan (from): Kirkland, Melchiot, Boyce, Scharner, Figueroa, Valencia, Cattermole, Palacios, Kapo, Heskey, Zaki, Bramble, Brown, De Ridder, Kilbane, Koumas, Taylor, Camara, Sibierski, Montrose, Nash, Pollitt.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Bosingwa, Belletti, Terry, Carvalho, Alex, A Cole, J Cole, Lampard, Essien, Ballack, Deco, Mikel, Anelka, Wright-Phillips, Malouda, Di Santo.

Luiz Felipe Scolari takes his new Chelsea outfit to the JJB Stadium, intent on building on the most emphatic of all Premier League victories in the opening weekend.

Chelsea are defending the Premier League's longest current unbeaten sequence of 22 matches, and are vying for a fourth consecutive away league win.

Joint top scorers with Aston Villa; both netted four goals in their opening fixture.

One of three clubs yet to concede a goal after one round of games; the others are Arsenal and Liverpool.

HESKEY has scored three Premier League goals against Chelsea in a Wigan shirt

Frank LAMPARD has scored one goal in each of his last three Premier League appearances for Chelsea against Wigan.

If on the field from the outset:-
LAMPARD will be making his 350th start for Chelsea

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Chelsea

3 November 2007 - Ref: Steve Bennett Chelsea scorers: Lampard 11, Belletti 18

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