Chelsea vs. Wigan Athletic: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Chelsea's place is not secure, however, as the Blues are just one point ahead of Tottenham and three points in front of Everton. This match could very well be the difference between Chelsea keeping its spot or moving down.
The Blues are in desperate need of a victory in this one after being winless in their last four contests. Chelsea's last win came back on Jan. 20 against Arsenal, 2-1.
Wigan Athletic has had a much different season than their counterparts. This club is tied for second-to-last in the EPL standings and their season prospects could not be more bleak.
The Latics have fared slightly better than the Blues in their last five matches with two wins, one loss and two draws being the result.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for this match.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m. ET
Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Watch: FOX Soccer Channel (Check local listings)
Live Stream: FOXSoccer2Go.com (Available on-demand after match at 11:59 p.m. ET)
Best Storyline: Chelsea's Dominance
Chelsea has simply dominated Wigan in the pair's past and this meeting could be the latest installment.
In their last five head-to-head matches, Chelsea has been victorious in four of them. The only favorable result for Wigan was a draw back on Dec. 17, 2011.
It was over two years ago when Chelsea blew Wigan out 6-0, so these two squads are no strangers to lopsided affairs.
Clearly the Blues have a huge leg up in this matchup on paper, but Wigan won't have much pressure on them and could end up playing spoiler against Chelsea. A draw or better would no doubt be seen as a positive outcome for Wigan, while it would be disastrous for Chelsea.
Key Players to Watch
Demba Ba, Forward
Ba's status for this match is somewhat up in the air thanks to a broken nose, but a piece by ESPN.com's Kevin Palmer gives hope with the news that Ba has been fitted with a facemask and is likely to play.
That couldn't be better news for Chelsea, who would love to have one of their best players on the field in this contest.
Ba has scored three goals during his tenure with Chelsea, but they all occurred as soon as he joined the club. Since then, Ba has been scoreless in his last five matches with the Blues and only has one assist to show for his efforts.
The power and quickness of Ba are the biggest positives about him. His ability to finish and overall aggressive style of play is something that will be important for Chelsea's offense in this match.
Juan Mata, Forward
To say Mata is a major catalyst in Chelsea's offense would be a huge understatement.
In 20 starts this season, Mata has been involved in 18 goals for the Blues. He's found the back of the net nine times (10 in total), while he's added nine assists as well.
Mata is one of the more skilled players on the field at all times. Not only can he go around defenders with excellent ball control and technique, but he also has great vision of the field to set him teammates up for easy chances on net.
If Chelsea is having a good day offensively, it's more than likely that Mata is a big reason why.
Franco Di Santo, Forward
With the status of Aroune Kone up in the air before this match, Di Santo becomes this team's most important goal scorer.
Di Santo has netted five goals for the Latics this season, but has also added an assist to his totals. He's been playing well as of late with two goals and one assist in his last six matches for Wigan.
The 23-year-old has a creative flair with the ball and his speed can help unlock opposing defenses.
Wigan has had a very difficult time scoring goals against Chelsea in the pair's last five meetings and will have a difficult time scoring goals this time around too, but Di Santo's skills should aid in making it a bit easier for his club.
Ali Al Habsi, Goalkeeper
Chelsea has plenty of offensive weapons to account for in this match and Al Habsi will be the man in net trying to stop them.
Wigan has been surpringly successful scoring the ball in its previous matches as The Latics have scored at least two goals in their last three league matches. In that same span, Wigan has allowed at least two goals in each of their last three league matches.
Clearly the scoring has been there for Wigan for the most part, but now it'll take a better effort in net to make that scoring stand up.
The Latics have won once in their last 12 Premier League matchups and it'll take a supreme effort from Al Habsi to change their recent misfortunes.
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