Chelsea vs Bolton Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up, Key Man + Predicted Score

By on September 24, 2014
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Chelsea take on Bolton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

The Blues warmed up for the game with a hard fought 1-1 draw away at title rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Andre Schurrle looked to have won it before Chelsea legend Frank Lampard came off the bench to score a late equaliser and deny his former side a crucial three points.

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It was still a positive result for the West Londoners as City failed to make up any ground in the title race and they maintain a three point lead at the top of the Premier League table after an impressive start to the season.

The Capital One Cup may not be a top priority for Jose Mourinho but he’s still going to be keen to do well in any competition he’s in and Chelsea are the heavy favourites to progress tonight despite the fact they are expected to field a ‘weakened’ side.

Team News

Mourinho is likely to take the opportunity to rest a number of key men with the likes of Thibaut Courtois, John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa all likely to be given a well-earned breather.

The Portuguese coach will have to make do without the services of Ramires after the midfielder picked up an abductor injury at the weekend. John Obi Mikel and Nathan Ake could come in to the midfield.

Petr Cech is expected to make his first start of the season while Kurt Zouma could also come in to the back four to make his full debut for the club.

Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah should start in attack, while Loic Remy could make his debut up front if he’s selected ahead of Didier Drogba.

As for Bolton they are likely to hand a debut to Chris Herd following his loan move from Aston Villa. Jermaine Beckford, Mark Davies, Neil Danns, Max Clayton, Darren Pratley and Medo Kamara could all be given a run-out.

Likely Line-Up

Key Man

Oscar: The Brazilian playmaker didn’t feature at the Etihad so he should be well rested and Chelsea will be looking to him to be the creative focal point with Fabregas left out.

Prediction

Chelsea 3-0 Bolton: Despite making wholesale changes, Chelsea are still capable of putting out an impressive side which should easily be able to deal with the Wanderers on home soil.

What team would you put out and whats your predicted score for the game?

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17 Comments

  1. DON_MON

    September 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    It is a gud line up but we should not see dem as a small team it is a football anytin can happen lets learn 4rom liverpool mistakes

  2. phelim

    September 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    chelsea need a good player

  3. horlanrewaju

    September 24, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    i will like 2 c lewis baker make the starting line up and loic remy up front, from horlanrewaju,ibadan oyo state Nigeria.

  4. Comrade Dikeocha Stephen

    September 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Chelsea 2-0 Bolton. Chelsea has numerous squad who can easily eliminate bolton as far as stamford bridge is concern.

  5. Alabi E O A

    September 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I want 2see remmy & d remainng benchd players up front&midfield also d young players lyk,ake,zouma, among d squared & cech @ goal post

  6. Benard ngari

    September 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    i would like to see remy starting in front and in second half mark to be had a debut on goal post.bennar from kenya.

  7. Kasi ite

    September 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I wish chelseafc the best tonight, but my prediction goes to chelsea in favour of 3-1 win.

  8. Friday Sunday

    September 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    This is a line up, with these players we’ll over come bolton wonderer 3-0.

  9. Shevy Ebenezer

    September 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I want Remy to start ahead of Drogba. Pls, no sentiment.

  10. Betrand

    September 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Plz i we like Remy to start ahead of drogba

  11. Betrand

    September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Let cech start

  12. tapiwa

    September 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    rmy first chelsea 5 bolton1 go chelsea go

  13. pires

    September 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Pls let remy start and give the legend(cech) a time to play . Nice formation. #cfc

  14. Kevin

    September 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Plz dont underrate Bolton,am Chelsea blooded

  15. Jiyah n david

    September 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    What a news what a formation but I preferred lewis beer ahead of ake and christiansce ahead of cahil and also ake ahead of ivanovic that’s all wish you all my follower Chelsea fans good result tonight

  16. James sorsor

    September 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Pls allow cech ,remy and oscar to star today game

  17. tumaini theo

    September 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    i wish remy 2 start a hed ov drogba en cech 2 also hav fun ov football again.

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