Chelsea travel to Wigan who’s home record last season was pivotal in them staying the Barclays Premier League.
Roberto di Matteo is is up against problems closer to home with several absences to cope with but the gulf in the quality of the two sides will still be evident. Chelsea have shipped in Eden Hazard (Lille, £32m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen, £7m) and Oscar (Internacional, £25m) so far.
Wigan’s transfer activity was of course more modest with Ivan Ramis (Real Mallorca, £4.5m), Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal, loan), Arouna Kone (Levante, £2.7m) and Fraser Fyvie (Aberdeen, £450,000) all putting pen to paper.
The real issue for Chelsea will be as ever, ‘will Fernando Torres deliver?’