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Chelsea edge out Bournemouth to reach Carabao Cup semis

Jack Sear
Wednesday 19 December 2018 17:48 GMT
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An 84th-minute Eden Hazard goal, that spun into the net after a heavy deflection, earned Chelsea a place in the League Cup semi-finals after a 1-0 win over Bournemouth in an entertaining tie on Wednesday.

Chelsea had buzzed round the Bournemouth goal for much of the game but it was not until substitute Hazard came on with half an hour to go that they looked creative and decisive enough to break through.

Chelsea had piled on the pressure from the start and there were good chances for Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley, who forced a diving save from Artur Boruc and Willian, who surged forward from the halfway line after 30 minutes only for Boruc to block his rising shot.

Bournemouth looked dangerous on the break and Callum Wilson ran through on goal in the 17th minute but pulled his shot wide.

A scampering run from Jordon Ibe opened up the Chelsea defence 20 minutes later and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had to fly to his left to keep out Lys Mousset's curling shot.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, playing in a forward role, looked certain to break the deadlock early in the second half after rounding two players but his shot flew inches past Boruc's post.

Chelsea brought on first Pedro then Hazard and it was a combination of the Spaniard and Belgium's Hazard that made the goal.

It was the first home game since alleged racist taunts against Manchester City's Raheem Sterling prompted an outcry and Chelsea banned four fans.

Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck took a page in the programme to condemn racism and the atmosphere in the ground was lively but appeared good humoured with no added security in evidence.

Retuers

What time does it start?

Chelsea vs Bournemouth kicks off at 7:45pm (GMT)

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on TV or online in the UK but Independent Sport will keep you up to date with all the goals as they fly in via our live blog.

Giroud scored twice last week against Vidi in the Europa League (Getty)
Giroud scored twice last week against Vidi in the Europa League (Getty) (Getty Images)

Player to watch…

Olivier Giroud: The French World Cup-winner went on a run of four goals in three Europa League games, but has rarely seen minutes in the Premier League this season. However, with injuries to Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard, it's likely that the Frenchman will be called up for the match of Maurizio Sarri is intent on taking the competition seriously.

Form guide…

Chelsea: WLWDW

Bournemouth: LLWLL

Odds…

Chelsea to win: 1/3

Bournemouth to win: 8/1

Draw: 4/1

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Welcome along to live coverage of Arsenal vs Tottenham and Chelsea vs Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-finals. We've got full team news coming up, in the meantime here's the latest on Mauricio Pochettino's future: 

Lawrence Ostlere19 December 2018 17:45
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Arsenal team news

Unai Emery makes four changes to the Arsenal side that lost to Southampton last Sunday.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:03
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  ↵Spurs team news

There's four changes for Spurs, too. Harry Kane is only on the bench having picked up a cold earlier this week.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:05
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Chelsea team news

At Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri has made six changes to the Chelsea side that won at Brighton last weekend. Eden Hazard is fit enough for a place on the bench.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:08
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Bournemouth team news

Wilson and Brooks come back in for Bournemouth, who have also made six changes. Despite their poor recent form, it looks like they're sticking with a back three.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:11
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No Ozil for Arsenal

What does this say about Mesut Ozil's future with the Gunners? The German is not even in the match day squad for Arsenal this evening.

Ozil has fallen out of favour under Unai Emery in recent weeks and it looks like he's facing a real battle to force his way back into the reckoning.

You'd expect a cup tie like this one to be the ideal chance for him to impress, but it's been confirmed that he's been left out for 'tactical reasons' this evening.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:17
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Revenge on the agenda for Spurs

You can't say that Arsenal didn't deserve their recent north London derby victory, but Spurs will have felt a bit hard done by having led at half-time.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have enjoyed their best ever start to a Premier League season and are currently two places and five points ahead of Arsenal in the table.

Both sides will feel that the Carabao Cup is a really good opportunity to secure some silverware this season, so don't expect this derby to be any less fiery than usual.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:21
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A tough night ahead for Chelsea

Chelsea will be relieved to have avoided the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Spurs in the quarter-final draw, but tonight's clash with Bournemouth will be far from straightforward.

Eddie Howe's side have struggled for form in the league of late and will be desperate to get a positive result.

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola confirmed the club's interest in Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson on Tuesday, so don't be surprised if he's playing with a point to prove this evening.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:31
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Pochettino explains team selection

"I think we try to win this competition. We are going to try and compete in our best condition. All of our players that will be on the pitch feel 100% recovered after the Burnley game," the Spurs boss told Sky Sports.

"That's why we're going to play with this team and we have until Sunday to recover these players before another game.

"I think this competition is a very good opportunity to play different players and who is going to win? We'll see."

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:34
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Emery coy on Ozil omission

Speaking ahead of kick-off at the Emirates, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has commented on Mesut Ozil's omission from the squad this evening.

"It's a tactical decision," he told Sky Sports.

When pushed on whether that meant he was simply not good enough to make the squad, Emery again said: "It's a tactical decision."

Make of that what you will, Arsenal fans.

Jack Sear19 December 2018 19:38

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