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Preview: Chelsea vs Wigan Athletic

Fernando Torres of Chelsea reacts following a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge.
Fernando Torres of Chelsea reacts following a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge.

Ah well been goo run we have been on. Eight games with only one defeat, but it looks very much like that the next three games will give us the rewards of three loses and having to do it all again with four more games to go. So first up is Chelsea, away at Stamford Bridge. Only once have we come away with anything from Chelsea in the Premier League, that was a 1-1 draw under Steve Bruce.

Any result would be very much welcome, but what the players need is to go out and play with their hearts, giving everything. Just to show we won't lay down. Even if we don't get something from the game, keeping the high level of performances is a must for the squad.

It is likely to remain as the same squad that has managed to get two wins and a draw in the past three weeks. That means Shaun Maloney can continue to play behind striker Franco Di Santo, allowing the Scotsman to cause his usually mischief, hopefully somewhere we can find a gap in the Chelsea defence.

That may not be as easy as we think. They have toughened up since the departure of Andre Villas Boas, yet 'floppy' David Luiz still sits in the middle of their defence, but as started to learn to read the English game. However goalkeeper Petr Cech hasn't regained that dominance air that we are so accustomed to him having.

So does that give us a chance?

Well there is always a chance of winning a game of football. As you so often hear, it isn't played on paper. And we have already managed to pull of some scalps this season. Beating and drawing against Liverpool, while drawing against Chelsea at the DW Stadium.

Yet if Latics are to get anything from the game, then we have to watch the ever improving Fernando Torres. The £50 million striker has managed to find something close to what you could call form for the past few games. And Roberto Di Matteo has managed to really bring the best out of the Spaniard.

If you caught the Chelsea game last night (2-1 win over Benfica at Stamford Bridge), although the Spaniard didn't score he was close to what he looked like at Liverpool. Moving around quickly and looking to get into the gaps between center backs. That is what made him worth £50 million.

It just a case of when will he score. People tend to do this against Wigan. So I wouldn't put it past Mr Torres.

And I wouldn't put it past Wigan to get a win. But then it is football, and it isn't over till the referee blows.