Chelsea face Wigan, at the Bridge, on Saturday and only 3 points will suffice.

If Chelsea fail to win Rafa Benitez will surely go! We are currently winless in four and in very mediocre form.

John Terry is back in the fold but looked unready against Newcastle last week, although he will be better for that run out. The big news is the return of Eden Hazard after his antics against the veteran ball boy, at Swansea. Hazard was hitting form, before his suspension, and will surely be chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch. I thought Hazard was outstanding against Arsenal and he can really make a difference. Wigan will defend for long periods and Hazard has the key to unlock stubborn defences.
Oscar had a fine match against England, in midweek, and looked really comfortable in a 4-4-2 formation, Rafa take note! Chelsea had six players involved which is a testament to the quality currently plying their trade in SW6. As ever, Frank Lampard stole the headlines, with the winning goal. It’s surely a matter of when, not if!

Wigan find themselves in the relegation places with 21 points. They have not won in five although they have gained credible draws on their last two outings. Skipper Caldwell is rated, at best, 50-50 and if not fit he will be a major loss for the visitors.

Chelsea are still without Moses and Mikel, African cup of Nations, with Cech doubtful due to a broken finger and Ashley Cole complained of a tight hamstring against Brazil.

Chelsea have a great record, at home to Wigan. We have won the last four scoring thirteen and conceding two. I cannot see anything other than another Chelsea win. Hazard will be the key man and will score in a home romp.
Next up is Sparta Prague followed by the cup replay against Brentford.

Nigel Ingram