Chelsea vs Bolton Wanderers match preview: Capital One Cup

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fixture at Stamford Bridge

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Saturday's 1-1 draw at Manchester City ended Chelsea’s 100 per cent start to the season as former Blues midfielder Frank Lampard salvaged a point for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium.

The unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea are likely to be without top goalscorer Diego Costa after only recently returning from a hamstring injury, meanwhile midfielder Ramires misses out through a muscle problem he suffered in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Bolton Wanderers are struggling in the Championship having lost five of their opening eight league games, including four consecutive defeats on the road as they lie down in 21st.

Midfielder Chris Herd could make his debut for the visitors after joining the Championship side on a six-week loan deal from Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Meanwhile fellow new signings Paddy Kenny and Max Clayton could also be in line to make their debuts for the Trotters under manager Dougie Freedman.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Chelsea 3 (Luiz, Drogba, Lampard) Bolton Wanderers 0, Premier League, February 2012

Bolton Wanderers 1 (Boyata) Chelsea 5 (Sturridge 2, Lampard 3), Premier League, October 2011

Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 4 (Drogba, Malouda, Anelka, Ramires), Premier League, January 2011

 

STATS…

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 18 games against Bolton, with the Blues winning the last nine matches.

The last time Bolton defeated Chelsea was back in December 2003, a 2-1 Premier League victory after John Terry scored a 90 minute own goal.

The most recent League Cup meeting between the two sides came in the fourth round in October 2009, with Chelsea winning 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Bolton Wanderers’ last three League Cup ties have all gone to extra-time.

Dougie Freedman’s side have lost all four of their away matches in the Championship this season, scoring just once.

ODDS…

Chelsea to win: 1.15

Bolton Wanderers to win: 17.0

Draw: 7.5

CLASSIC MATCH...

Chelsea hung onto a memorable 4-3 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League in 2009, despite a valiant late surge from the Trotters in the final 20 minutes.

Michael Ballack fired the hosts ahead on 40 minutes to establish a half-time lead, before Didier Drogba’s brace and Frank Lampard’s penalty had the Blues in cruise control.

But Bolton nearly salvaged a late point after Andy O’Brien, Chris Basham and Matthew Taylor netted in the space of eight second-half minutes to set up a tense finale inside Stamford Bridge.

TV: Highlights on BBC1 from 11.05pm on Wednesday.

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