Chelsea v Wigan preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Wigan at Stamford Bridge.

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Alex: Set to be on Chelsea bench

Alex: Set to be on Chelsea bench

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Alex will start on the bench at Stamford Bridge after recovering from knee surgery.

The Brazil defender is hoping to make his first appearance since November and his return gives Carlo Ancelotti a full squad to choose from, with David Luiz also available after being cup-tied in Wednesday night's Champions League defeat to Manchester United.

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is available for Roberto Mancini's side after emergency dental work this week.

The Scotland defender required treatment to repair three teeth after a collision with Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko last Saturday.

His availability means the bottom side are at full strength for the daunting encounter at Stamford Bridge.

New signing Connor Sammon is pushing for a first start after three substitute appearances while Mohamed Diame will hope to regain a midfield place.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ferreira, Terry, Luiz, Ivanovic, Alex, Zhirkov, Cole, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Ramires, Benayoun, Kalou, Malouda, Anelka, Torres, Drogba, Turnbull.

Wigan (from): Al Habsi, G Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa, Alcaraz, Watson, N'Zogbia, Diame, Moses, McCarthy, Rodallega, Stam, Lopez, Thomas, Gomez, McArthur, McManaman, Cleverley, S Caldwell, Sammon, Di Santo, Boyce, Thomas, Pollitt, Kirkland.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:45
West Ham v Man City  
15:00
Liverpool v Hull City  
So'ton v Stoke  
S'land v Arsenal  
W Brom v C Palace  
17:30
Swansea v Leicester  
Sunday, 26 October 2014
13:30
Burnley v Everton  
Tottenham v Newcastle  
16:00
Man Utd v Chelsea  
Monday, 27 October 2014
20:00
QPR v A Villa  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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