|Terry and Lampard have the opportunity to lift the trophy once again.|
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37 games have not been enough to decide the winner and it comes down to the last game of the season. That is probably the reason why this match against Wigan feels like a Cup final. When the fixtures were out, nobody could have guessed that this fixture could turn out to be the title decider. Make no mistake about it, but the pressure of this match is far greater than even matches against the top four. That is simply down to the fact that there is no chance of recovery after this match. Manchester United are in a much easier position because they have nothing to lose. They can only hope that Wigan do them a favour. One aspect for conspiracy theorists is that Dave Whelan, the chairman of Wigan Athletic is a big fan of Sir Alex Ferguson and he would like United to win the title. That is probably one of the reasons why only Wigan players and their manager have been coming out and saying how well they are going to put up a fight at Stamford Bridge and not Stoke City players.
Carlo Ancelotti can become the first manager in Chelsea’s history to guide the team to a League and Cup double. Chelsea can also match United’s record of 97 goals in the 99-00 season if they
can score 3 or more goals against Wigan. Drogba is level with Wayne Rooney in the Premier League scoring tables and can get the golden boot by scoring provided Rooney doesn’t score against Stoke. But the one thing that will not be on the minds of the players is these records.
|Ancelotti calling for focus ahead of the big game.|
The thing of concern is that Chelsea have won only one game in the past five years on the last day of the season. You might argue that we have either won the league or had nothing to play for by then. But still it is a source of concern. On the positive side, Chelsea are playing a side which is poor away from home. The last time we played in such a scenario against Bolton, Chelsea came out with a 1-0 win. I think that most Chelsea fans would take that. Wigan have lost their last 5 matches away from home but they will come to the Bridge with the added incentive of preventing Chelsea lifting the Premier League trophy.
All games in the premier league are tough games. But this is the toughest of them all. There are many ways to lose a title. You can either do a Liverpool by losing nearly half of the matches that you play in or do an Arsenal by withering like a flower at the end. But the worst of all has to be if Chelsea don’t win the title from this position. I can’t describe how bad it would be. All these months of hard work to get into this position would be wasted. But this mere thought would fire up the players to go for and win the title in front of the home fans.
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My Prediction: Chelsea to win 3-0
Possible Team Line-ups:
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech, Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole, Ballack, Lampard, Malouda, Kalou, Anelka, Drogba.
Wigan (4-5-1): Stojkovic, Melchiot, Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa, Charles N’Zogbia, Watson, McCarthy, Diame, Moses, Rodallega
Kick-off time: 16:00 BST
Next Chelsea Match:
FA Cup Final, Chelsea vs Portsmouth, 15:00 BST, 15th May 2010.