The 3-2 defeat against Newcastle last week has firmly put the focus back on finishing in the top four. Hence, Benitez is likely to name a strong starting line-up for the visit of Wigan despite the Europa league match against Sparta Praha. The return of several players without doubt improves the options and the chances of getting our first win in four matches.
A return of just one point from the last two Premier League matches has resulted in Tottenham closing the gap to just one point. Roman Abramovich in the past has not thought twice about changing managers when the top four position was in danger. This season is unlikely to be any different even though Benitez arrived only a few months ago.
“We are working on the solutions. If you can score two goals and be two up you have to finish the games, and you cannot make these mistakes.”
Hence, there is a real pressure on the Spaniard to get a victory against Wigan. Petr Cech, David Luiz, and Demba Ba are the three players returning from injury, while the return of Eden Hazard from suspension is also a major boost.
“The first one is I am really pleased with the medical department, they are doing a great job. David Luiz, Petr Cech and even Demba Ba will be available. With different situations but they will be available.”
Wigan have taken just a point from Stamford Bridge since their presence in the Premier league started in 2005. Roberto Martinez’ men have suffered just one defeat in the last five matches, and they also remain unbeaten in the last three Premier League away matches.
“I am not rotating because I want to. We have to do it.”
Benitez is likely to start with Demba Ba given that he will be unavailable for the Europa league match. John Terry’s absence might result in a recall for David Luiz.