Chelsea vs Bolton
Capital One Cup
Chelsea have an opportunity to move a step closer to winning the first trophy of Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge when they face Bolton in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.
It is, of course, an encounter that Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites to win given their superior placing on the English football ladder, with Mourinho’s side some 40 places ahead of Dougie Freedman’s struggling outfit.
Bolton have achieved victory in just one of their eight outings in the Championship in this fledgling campaign, and are outside of the bottom three only by virtue of a superior goal difference to Huddersfield.
Freedman’s team only narrowly got to this round of the competition after beating Bury 3-2 in extra time at the Reebok Stadium, having only equalised with a penalty in the final minute of the original 90.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were given an automatic passage into round three given their involvement in European competition, and face Bolton having been unbeaten in all six of their matches this season, winning four of them. It is a daunting prospect.
The home side have been placed at 11/2-on to win this encounter while a Bolton victory can be backed at 14/1. Anything other than a Chelsea triumph would certainly be a significant shock.
History also favours the west London outfit, with Chelsea having won their last nine games against this evening’s visitors in all competitions, while we would have to go back 11 years to find the last time Bolton notched a win.
The last meeting between the two at the Bridge came almost three years ago in the Premier League, with Didier Drogba scoring twice that day as Chelsea managed to record a convincing 3-0 win.
Drogba, incidentally, was in the last Chelsea team that was able to win the League Cup - some seven years ago - and the Ivorian scored twice on that day as the Blues overcame Arsenal to clinch a 2-1 victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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