Wigan v Chelsea: Match Preview

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Wigan v Chelsea
Barclays Premier League
DW Stadium
Sunday, August 19; 13.30

Team News

Chelsea target Victor Moses is in Wigan’s squad for their opening fixture of the 2012/13 Premier League season despite continued interest from the Blues.

Ramires is a late withdrawal from Chelsea’s squad for the game having been ruled out at the last minute through illness.

Marko Marin is a doubt with a hamstring strain, but Ocar, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic are all available for selection, witht he latter two handed starting spots.

Di Matteo hopes for award winning Oscar

Roberto di Matteo says he has high expectations of Chelsea new-boy Oscar, who has been named as a substitute for the game against Wigan this afternoon.

Oscar has spent much of his summer away on international duty with Brazil, where he impressed during the Olympic football tournament.

That limited Di Matteo’s opportunities to work with Oscar in the build-up to Chelsea’s first game of the new season.

However the 20-year-old participated in his first training session for his new club on Friday and Di Matteo admitted he was impressed with what he saw.

“He is a goal-scoring midfielder, a creative midfielder as well,” he told

“In his career so far he has played on the left side, he has played there with the national team, and he has played behind the strikers and the number 8 role as well in a three-man midfield - so he is quite versatile.

“He had a very good Olympic tournament and he is a young man as well, let's not forget that, and I think he will be a very good addition for us.

“He has broken through to the senior Brazil team at a young age and you need personality to achieve that,” he added.

With Ramires out of action, Oscar could have been handed a start at the DW Stadium, although Di Matteo has opted for an attacking unit of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard behind Fernando Torres.

Chelsea Line-Up: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Ryan Bertrand, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres

Subs: Ross Turnbull, Michael Essien, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira, Raul Meireles, Daniel Sturridge, Gary Cahill

Wigan Line-Up: Al-Habsi, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Ramis, Boyce, Figueroa, McArthur, McCartney, Moses, Maloney, Di Santo

Subs: Pollitt, Kone, Jones, Crusat, Watson, Gomez, Boselli

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