Chelsea have a striking record in games immediately following Champions League fixtures, with three of their nine matches involving six or more goals and on average these contests involve well over 3.5 goals, so having a punt on four or more goals at 4/1 could be where the sensible money is here.
Taking in to consideration that Chelsea have secured both a 6-0 and an 8-0 victory over Wigan in the last three years, it seems beyond doubt that goals will feature heavily in this tie and the price on Chelsea scoring four or more at the Bridge is 11/5.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side have only lost two of those nine fixtures, one against Manchester United and the other the ill-tempered affair with QPR at Loftus Road back in October, so it is no surprise that they are priced at 1/4 to beat a Wigan side struggling at the foot of the table.
Chelsea have won ten of the previous 13 meetings between the sides and it is difficult to envision any other outcome this time around.
The Blues have won home ties against both Wolves and Bolton by a 3-0 margin after playing in the Champions League midweek.
The Champions League semi-finalists are 6/1 to repeat this feat against the Latics and that looks fair given Wigan have conceded three or more against Chelsea on four occasions since they were promoted to the Premier League.
Frank Lampard has been in inspired form in games the weekend following the Champions League, scoring no less than six times in those fixtures and the England midfielder is at 9/2 to be the man to start the anticipated flurry of goals in West London.