Wigan and Chelsea get their Premier League campaign underway this weekend as Bet365 give punters a headstart with a new free bet offer, and at 4/6, Chelsea are sure to see plenty of attention at the Hawthorns to pick up three points.
When these two teams with contrasting ambitions for the new season meet on Sunday lunch-time.
The Latics will of course be aiming to securing their Premier League status once again, while Chelsea – under Roberto Di Matteo – are desperate to launch a bid for the title over the next few months.
Focusing on Wigan to begin with, they of course survived relatively comfortably in the end last season. They looked destined for the Championship at one stage, but their form towards the end of the season was tremendous.
It has been an eventful summer too with Roberto Martinez heavily linked to the managerial positions at Aston Villa and Liverpool. However, he has stayed put and now he wants to help take Wigan to the next level.
They are of course being tipped to struggle once again, but a good start could adjust people’s opinions of Wigan. Martinez would love plenty of points on the board over the first few weeks, that’s for sure.
As for Chelsea, last season will live long in the memory. It may have been a disappointing one in the Premier League – they finished 6th – but they won the FA Cup and Champions League, something which helped Di Matteo get the job full-time.
They do have a lot of work to do to challenge Manchester City and Manchester United this season though and they will hope that the additions of Oscar and Eden Hazard will help them be right in the mix for the title.
Like Wigan, Chelsea would hugely benefit from a strong start. They can’t afford to be playing catch-up with the top teams and to show they mean business from the very first whistle would be significant.
In this fixture last season, it ended in a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium during a frustrating afternoon for Chelsea. Wigan will certainly hope for more of the same from 1.30pm on Sunday.