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Chelsea predicted XI to face Bolton Wanderers

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will surely ring the changes for tomorrow night's Capital One Cup clash with Championship side Bolton Wanderers, particularly after a taxing 1-1 draw against title rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Mourinho actually only has one serious injury concern ahead of Bolton's visit, with Ramires definitely out after hurting his knee against City and potentially facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Blues boss has a very strong squad to choose from and the luxury of being able to rotate, which should give Chelsea fans the chance to finally watch Kurt Zouma make his competitive Stamford Bridge bow.

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Zouma spearhead in expected defensive reshuffle

Zouma cost the Blues £12m but has been made to wait for his Chelsea debut, thanks largely to the very impressive form of centre-back pair John Terry and Gary Cahill.

Terry definitely needs a rest though and will surely get just that this week, allowing Zouma to come in and partner the ever-reliable Cahill, who will definitely want to face his former club.

Filipe Luis can definitely expect to make his second Chelsea start at left-back, allowing Cesar Azpilicueta to move flanks and give Branislav Ivanovic a break.

Remy ready for first start

Further forward there are plenty of exciting attacking options waiting to show Mourinho they deserve first-team consideration on a regular basis, including Mohamed Salah and Loic Remy.

The French international forward had a strong impact from the bench on his debut against Swansea City two weeks ago, but quite surprisingly was left out in favour of Didier Drogba for Chelsea's Champions League opener against Schalke.

Remy needs to use the League Cup to show he's capable of replacing Costa in the Premier League, while Salah has been a peripheral figure to say the least since making a January move from Basel.

Oscar and Andre Schurrle can also expect to feature, while youngsters Lewis Baker and Nathan Ake are likely vying for a central midfield berth alongside Jon Obi Mikel.

Chelsea predicted XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, F.Luis, Mikel, Ake, Salah, Oscar, Schurrle, Remy.

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