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
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
Manchester City 1 Chelsea 1 player ratings
1/24 Manchester City: Joe Hart 5
Didn’t have much to do, and couldn’t have prevented Andre Schurrle’s goal.
2/24 Pablo Zabaleta 5
Got forward again and again to support the City attacks, but put his side in trouble when he was sent off in the 65th minute for a second booking.
3/24 Vincent Kompany 6
Dealt well with the threat of Diego Costa in what was a typically accomplished performance.
4/24 Eliaquim Mangala 5
A solid debut from the Frenchman, who looked strong when called upon.
5/24 Aleksandar Kolarov 5
Didn’t offer a great deal going forward but solid defensively.
6/24 Yaya Toure 5
Still a long way from his best, and unable to dictate the pace of the match.
7/24 James Milner 7
Impressive stuff from the England midfielder, who played in three different positions throughout the match, and never stopped working. Provided excellent volleyed assist for Lampard’s goal.
8/24 David Silva 5
A few nice touches, but drifted in and out of the game. Picked up first-half booking.
9/24 Fernandinho 5
Booked in the early stages, which forced the midfielder to curb his naturally combative instincts. Less effective as a result.
10/24 Sergio Aguero 6
Almost scored in the second half with effort from inside the box, but mostly starved of chances.
11/24 Edin Dzeko 5
Worked hard, but didn’t pose much of a threat. Sacrificed for Bacary Sagna after the Zabaleta sending off.
12/24 Frank Lampard 9
Took his goal brilliantly with a trademark volleyed finish, and nearly scored with a couple of other decent efforts. A truly unforgettable 12-minute cameo against his former club.
13/24 Thibaut Courtois 6
Made decent save to deny Aguero in the second half, and looked calm and composed throughout.
14/24 Gary Cahill 6
Kept Dzeko quiet, and stood up well whenever Aguero tried to take him on.
15/24 Branislav Ivanovic 7
Galloped forward to support the attack that led to Schurrle’s goal, and didn’t put a foot wrong defensively.
16/24 Cesar Azpilicueta 6
Dealt well with Silva, and never looked like getting caught out down his side.
17/24 John Terry 6
Marshalled the defence effectively, and largely untroubled.
18/24 Cesc Fabregas 5
A quiet afternoon from the former Arsenal man, who did very little apart from a lovely through ball to Diego Costa late on.
19/24 Willian 5
Worked hard defensively but offered very little going forward. Taken off after an hour.
20/24 Eden Hazard 6
Created Schurrle’s goal with a sumptuous cross, but was peripheral for the most part.
21/24 Ramires 5
Did brilliantly to clear in his own box when Dzeko was about to pounce. Booked in the first half and substituted with an hour gone.
22/24 Nemanja Matic 7
Outmuscled Yaya Toure, which takes some doing, and afforded good protection to his back four. Booked in the first half.
23/24 Diego Costa 6
Gave as good as he got physically against Kompany and Mangala, and unlucky not to score when left-footed effort cannoned off the post.
24/24 Andre Schurrle 6
Scored just eight minutes after coming on, but lost Milner for Lampard’s goal.
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.
Chelsea to win: 1.15
Bolton Wanderers to win: 17.0
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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