Wigan v Chelsea: Moses can show Chelsea what they’re missing
Roberto Di Matteo brings all the riches of the Kings Road to The DW stadium as Chelsea kick off their campaign in the north-west, with the hosts 11/2 to cause an opening day upset.
Perennial relegation candidates Wigan will be looking to carry through the momentum that saw them record seven wins from their last nine games of the season to escape the Premier League trap door once more.
Roberto Martinez will be hoping it’s that same Wigan side who turn up to face the Blues as they chase a fifth straight home win in the league. From the turn of the year until the end of May, Chelsea only garnered two more points than the Lactics.
Frustratingly for Wigan fans their side do tend to save their best form until the end of the season, although Chelsea were hardly tearing up trees in the league last season.
Focus on the Champions League saw the Blues gather just two wins from their last six Premier League games.
Of course Chelsea will still start as overwhelming favourites having splashed the cash once more this summer, bringing in over £60 million of new talent, although, as yet all the signings are untested in the pace and physicality of the English football.
Out of the new boys only Eden Hazard looks set to start and the Belgian international is 8/1 to score anytime on his Premier League bow.
While the new stars may take time to bed in at Stamford Bridge, playing Wigan over the last three seasons has often been a punishing experience for the Lactics.
Chelsea have doled out an 8-0 and 6-0 spanking in that time and the more adventurous punter can get 12/1 on their being another six goals in this match.
Interestingly, one player who may still find himself pulling on a Chelsea shirt before the end of the transfer window is Wigan forward Victor Moses.
However, Wigan chairman Dave Wheelan is not selling cheaply and has asked Chelsea to kindly stump up the cash or forget it.
The talented 21-year-old has a chance to show his prospective employers what they could get for their money here and is 11/1 to find the net at any time.