Wigan vs Chelsea – Match PreviewBy: Nick | August 20th, 2010
Firstly, I would like to apologize for the absence of recent blogs. I have been very busy at school of late. To be completely honest, for any Latics fan, a lack of response from last weeks debacle against Blackpool, pretty much summed up Wigan’s effort level throughout the match, which thankfully has been erased from my memory. Having put that behind me, Wigan’s season will now unofficially begin in game two…and what better way to start a campaign than a home match against a fierce looking Chelsea lineup, that recently humiliated new boys West Brom in a six nil drubbing! Mathematically speaking, if Blackpool are able to score four relatively simple goals against the Wigan defence, then Chelsea should be able to score more than ten. However, thankfully these statistics don’t really apply in a game of football, where anything is possible in every game. Time and time again last campaign , Wigan were able to rebound from humiliating losses to claim three valuable points, for example – our hard fought 1 nil victory over Sunderland after a 9-1 thrashing to Tottenham. Ill admit that Chelsea might not be ideal opponents for a needed boost in morale, but ill take even a low scoring loss to what occurred last week.
As it is only the second game of the season, both sides will most likely be at full strength. So on that basis Chelsea will hold the upper hand before the whistle is even blown. If Wigan are to get anything out of this game, their game plan must be one reliant on counter attack, where most players must get behind the ball in defence and push forward on the counter, with the likes of Rodallega and/or Boselli winning balls up front. It is imperative that Wigan stay totally solid in defence, otherwise our goal difference will yet again take another hammering.
If the latics can keep the in form Didier Drogba at bay ( a monumentous task!), then we might just get something from the match, otherwise as discussed previously it could potentially be another rather forlorn affair. Coach Martinez must start to pick up points in the next few games, otherwise a lengthy relegation battle will be well and truly on the cards once again.
Prediction – Would absolutely love another 3 -1 victory, as was the case last campaign, but ill definitely settle for a 1-1 draw. (being more realistic anything less than a three nil loss would be considered passable.) Best of luck boys