FT: Chelsea 4 Wigan 1

Chelsea 4 - 1 Wigan

90+4
Another great save from Al Habsi to deny Torres from close-range as the Blues bag all three points, although the score-line does flatter them a touch. Not that Benitez and his charges, as well as the fans, will be complaining.

90+3
Marin does the full gambit with his limited time on the pitch as he earns himself a booking for a sloppy challenge.

90+2
GOAL! Al Habsi's fine stop off Azpilicueta's stinging shot from the right is parries into the path of replacement Mari, whose first touch is a diving header from an acute angle.

90+1
Hazard earns a break for Marko Marin to take to the pitch.

90
Jones and McCarthy take pot-shots on goal, but only seem to find the resolute defence of Chelsea blockers.

89
It really should be all she wrote for Wigan, but Roberto Martinez's men keeping pushing up field.

88
In all the excitement, Yossi Benayoun sneaks on to the field in place of Cahill.

87
GOAL! Who else but Lampard to cooly slot home Hazard's pass from the left for the Blues stalwart's 198th goal for the club.

86
Chelsea in possession and pushing strongly once more.

85
Hazard out on the left tries to feed an onrushing Torres into the box, but the ball is behind the Blues hitman and the cover defence gets back to clear the ball.

84
Mata a little too over eager to get involved up front for Chelsea with replacement flagged offsides.

83
Stam makes way for David Jones for the latter stages of this clash in west London.

82
Kone cannons one in towards the left corner, but his shot is just too close to Cech and Blues stopper gets down low to make the stop.

81
Into the last ten minutes of the match with the match finely poised, although with Chelsea breaking down the wide channels at the moment something may just happen for Benitez's men.

80
Lampard's deep ball out to the far post from the set-piece for Torress is cleared, but Chelsea remain inside the final third of Wigan.

79
Figueroa just a touch late with his challenge on Ramires, with the Blues now handed a free-kick in a goo position.

78
Wigan doing well to regain possession inside their own half, only to give it back to Chelsea over the halfway line as they surge up field.

77
Oscar receives a round of applause from the home fans as Juan Mata replace him for the closing minutes of the match.

76
Beausejour offsides again in the wide area as Wigan push in earnest.

75
Good spell of pressure from the Latics has the Blues defence on high alert at the back with Luiz having to hack the ball clear on two occasions.

74
Chelsea a bit under the cosh at the moment as Wigan start to shift into another gear on attack.

73
Di Santo comes off second-best with his clash out left with Gary Cahill, only for the Blues defender to lose the ball to Stam on the edge of the box. The Latics then cry penalty after Cahill looks to have handled the ball, but Mike Dean waves play on.

72
Di Santo does well against Azpilicueta to create some space to shoot, but the Latics striker fires his effort straight into his own man.

71
Ramires's ball from the right into the danger zone is decent, but Torres is a step behind where he should've been and fails to get a boot in.

70
Azpilicueta looking good once more down the right channel, but his final ball towards the goalmouth is intercepted.

69
Oscar's delivery from the left for Torres in the area sees the Spaniard clattered to the ground as he went up for the header, Cole's enterprising break down the left coming to naught.

68
Azpilicueta pushes up down the right, only to lose the ball, and then re-gather before Kone can get around him and launch a counter.

67
Really good feet from Lampard inside a tight area in the box sees him squeeze his effort on goal just inches wide of the far corner.

66
Di Santo looks to breakaway down the right, but Gary Cahill closes him down before the Argentine can gather pace.

65
Lampard's set-piece is cleared, but only as far as Luiz, who takes yet another crack on goal which ends in the same result as last time - out of touch.

64
Another good ball forward from Lampard for Oscar has Scharner cynically tripping up the Brazilian to himself a booking.

63
After several clearances by Wigan of Chelsea's set-piece, Luiz whips a pass in from the right that draws a low smother from Al Habsi.

62
Luiz, again, fancies a shot on goal, this time his strike taking a deflection off McCarthy for a corner.

61
Chelsea back inside Wigan's half of the pitch and pushing up strongly down the flanks.

60
The Blues looked a little rattled after relinquishing their two-goal cushion so soon, but are trying to compose themselves once more.

59
Espinoza comes off for the returning Arouna Kone to take to the park.

58
GOAL! Maloney takes full advantage of Cech's rush out to the right as the Latics man strokes the ball around the 'keeper to pull one back for the visitors swiftly after going behind.

57
Hazard's ninth goal of the season should spell trouble for the Latics as the Blues look eager for more.

56
GOAL! Hazard fires in calmly from the penalty spot after Azpilicueta's ball from the right finds with ease.

55
Good turn of pace from Di Santo out on the right gets him behind the blues defence, but his cut-back fails to find Maloney.

54
James McCarthy stays strong on the ball in the middle of the park, but has no support and Chelsea finally dispossess him.

53
Roger Espinoza's free-kick delivery from the right finds a good area in the box for Scharner to rise and get his head to it, he only directs it into Cech's arms.

52
Di Santo does well to keep his balance on the ball to carry on towards goal, but wraps too much of his right foot around the ball for his shot and it sails well wide.

51
Hazard tries to feed Cole down the left on the over-lap, but the two aren't on the same wavelength and the ball rolls into touch.

50
Excellent ball up the middle from Lampard for Ramires, but the goalscorer's first touch just takes the ball away from him.

49
Lovely control from Oscar out on the right, but as well defended from McCarthur to pinch the ball.

48
Short corner from Lampard to Hazard sees the latter receive the ball the ball again, only to loft it to Ramires to volley, but his shot is blocked.

47
Chelsea looking to pick up where they left off in the first period with the likes of Lampard and Azpilicueta pushing up down the right in an effort to find an opening.

46
The second half is underway!

I can see Chelsea comfortable in this game and scoring another....then we get the tactical genius called Rafa Benitez make his brilliant substitutions between 60-70 mins and 2 in the last 10 mins and it ends up in a draw 2-2. Jem Sharp

Good start to the game by chelsea ... Torres sounding lively ... COME ON CHELSEA , melissa sambidge

good start want more goalsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss . baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa to score hat trick . goalsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. Luke Wagner

My wife made a bold prediction earlier with a 2-1 Chelsea win...not a chance. Wigan all the way, COME ON LATICS!!!! What ever the outcome though one of us is going to get the silent treatment come 5pm. Sammers.

I think the tempo is get change if hazard get free at the wingan camp . Mundoo Adam Halym

Wigan are now a massive 20/1 to turn this game on its head. Of the more likely bets, Fernando Torres is 4/1 to score next while Frank Lampard may be of greater appeal at an enhanced price of 5/1 to beat Torres to it.

Chelsea 1 - 0 Wigan

45+1
As the first half draws to a close it's Chelsea with a narrow lead and looking comfortable with their game thus far, although Wigan were making them work a little with some good play at the start.

45
Lampard rolls the ball to Oscar on the edge of the box on the left for the Blues attacker to curl his strike towards goal, but it drifts wide of Al Habsi.

44
Azpilicueta gets into a good position on the right of the box and goes for goal, his shot taking deflection off Figueroa.

43
Maloney's cross from the set-piece is cleared, with Figueroa then taking a crack from range, only it's off target.

42
A beauty delivery from Maloney to the far post sees Azpilicueta having to make a decent clearance for a corner.

41
Ramires goes down on the right wing, but seems unhurt with the Brazilian clearly winning the battle with Figueroa down that flank.

40
Maloney and Beausejour try to work something together down the left, but the latter is flagged offside when he pushes up to quickly.

39
The Blues not rushing their play, holding onto possession and switching up play form right to left.

38
Luiz poaches the ball on the halfway line and fancies a run up field, but the centre-back's effort on goal is well off the mark.

37
Hazard's corner-kick from the left is into a good area, but Wigan manage to clear the ball without too much trouble.

36
Lampard lines up from range and lets fly, but his effort is just wide of Al Habsi's right-side.

35
At this stage now, another Chelsea goal looks inevitable as Wigan maybe just want to hold on until half-time with the scoreline remaining unchanged.

34
Azpilicueta, again, down the right-hand side, but the Latics defence is wise to his antics now and close him down early.

33
A really good finger-tip save from Al Habsi to deny Torres' header off Azpilicueta's neat cross from the right

32
Chelsea seemingly waiting for the right moment to catch Wigan on the counter, although the visitors aren't taking any chances and are putting ten men behind the ball at the back.

31
Ashley Cole tries to find Torres inside the box, but his cross from the left is blocked.

30
The set-piece delivery into the danger zone from Lampard fails to trouble Wigan's defenders and the ball is cleared.

29
Hazard switching to the right and causing some problems for Wigan's defence, earning the Blues another free-kick in a good area.

28
Wigan managing to secure possession again and push forward, but more tentatively as they may fear being caught on the counter.

27
Latics under pressure inside their own 18-yard box with the ball just about hacked away with Torres and Ramires lurking inside the box.

26
Hazard does well to burst away down the left flank chasing a lob forward, but James McCarthy does well to clear the danger.

25
Lampard fancies a crack on goal from a free-kick out in front, but the England midfielder's effort is straight into the wall.

24
After such a sweeping movement for the opening goal of the match for the hosts, Rafa Benitez's men may just open up even more going on the attack.

23
GOAL! So simple in the end as Wigan are cut open, Luiz feeding Torres who then lays off into the path of Ramires to finish off clinically for his sixth goal of the season.

22
Gary Caldwell stays down after landing awkwardly having gone to challenge for a ball with Torres.

21
Despite Wigan's bright start to the match, Chelsea don't look at all flustered at the back an are still looking to attack freely.

20
Hazard lifts the ball in for Torres out on the right, but the striker heads his effort straight into the ground.

19
Wigan consolidating play and trying to string some attacking passages of play together with Maloney at the forefront.

18
Maloney's ball forward for Beausejour is too strong for the latter to keep in play.

17
The Latics give the ball away in the final third to Oscar, who lines up for a crack at goal, but only into Al Habsi's arms.

16
Torres through on side to gather Branislav Ivanovic's long ball forward, but the Spaniard's strike is straight at Al Habsi.

15
Beautiful ball in form Lampard from the set-piece sees Torres rise to head to the ball just to the right o f goal with Ali Al Habsi rooted to the spot.

14
Chelsea easing into the game and not looking to rush their play, but Hazard earns his side a free-kick form the left after Ronnie Stam's challenge.

13
Di Santo mistimes his run for the long ball forward and is flagged offsides.

12
Torres tries to breakaway down the left flank, but gets tied up with Paul Scharner and the free-kick goes the way of Wigan.

11
Play taking play in the middle of the park as both sides give away possession loosely.

10
Bright start from the visitors as they hold their own at the back and look good going forward.

9
Maynor Figueroa does well to put off Eden Hazard inside the box with the Belgian setting his sights on goal.

8
Frank Lampard goes for goal from out in front, doing well to lose his marker with a switch from his right to his left foot, but his shot is over the crossbar.

7
Shaun Maloney with a good bit of skill to give himself room to whip in a curling effort on target that draws a diving save from Cech.

6
Di Santo with a shot on goal at the near post, but Cech makes a good stop with his feet.

5
Beausejour battles hard to shrug off the intentions of David Luiz out in the left corner, with the Blues defender forcing the midfielder off the ball and earning his side a goal-kick.

4
The Latics showing early intent to push up on attack, which could make for a rather exciting and open game.

3
Fernando Torres running hard and poaches the ball to feed Ramires out on the right, but the Brazilian's shot is blocked.

2
Jean Beausejour with an early ball in from the left for Franco Di Santo, but Petr Cech easily deals with it.

1
The match is underway!

I'm a Chelsea fan and predict a 2-1 home win, with Ba and Lamps to score. My husband is a Wigan fan- he thinks it will be 2-1 Wigan (no chance!) Natalie Verney

I am fro maladives and die hard suporter of chelsea. i think oscar amd hezard make deference today . mata and torres will score. chelse 3 wigan 1. Adam Haleem

My name is Andre Lee from Mauritius. I have the belief that Raphaƫl Beninez would satisfy a 4th place in the league. That would be catastrophic if Arsenal end the season with a 5th place spot and they win the European Champion League. No Chelsea fan would be happy if Chelsea do not end at least 3rd.

Hi, very excited for today's match! Supporting the blues as always! My prediction is 3-0 to Chelsea!!! Torres, Mata and Lampard to score! Toby Day

hope Chelsea beat wigan easily . ba should be starting way ahead of torres, in form clearly . do not like benitez at all , hope he is sacked. Luke Wagner

Hi, I'm Robin Hughes and I think Chelsea will win 3-1 with Lampard and Torres getting their names on the score sheet.

Greetings from Taiwan! I'm a Chelsea supporter, and I expect Che 2-0 Wig, with Lampard and Torres scoring! By the way, Lampard HAS to stay at Chelsea! Albert Chou

Comfortable win for chelsea today, Lampard behind torres so i reckon he'll score 1 at least, 3-1. Farouk Jimah

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to devin.hermanus@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

Wigan are rated at 17/8 to beat Chelsea today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 17/4 for the match to end in a draw. The Blues, though, are 30/100 to secure the win, with Demba Ba at 2/1 to score a brace.

Meanwhile, Wigan have won just once in 12 outings, a run that dates back to November when they overcame Reading 3-2 at the DW Stadium. The visitors are facing the prospect of yet another relegation battle as they find themselves two points from safety with 13 games to play.

The Blues have won just two of their last six in the Premier League and lost 3-2 away to Newcastle in their last league match, but boast a favourable record against Roberto Martinez's men with six wins out of seven against the Latics at home. The hosts need a win to maintain their push for a UEFA Champions League spot, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton breathing down their necks.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Chelsea host Wigan at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
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5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

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