Premier League Preview: Chelsea - Bolton
Owen Coyle's men have a dreadful record against the London side but, with the Stamford Bridge club in turmoil, now is perhaps a good time to face the Blues.
By Ryan Benson
Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole
Lampard, Ramires, Essien
Sturridge, Torres, Mata
Steinsson, Ream, Wheater, Robinson
Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Miyaichi
After Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to drop senior players for the trip to Napoli backfired spectacularly, it would be fair to assume that Chelsea will field its strongest possible side when Bolton visits on Saturday.
The Portuguese manager doesn’t have too many injuries to contend with ahead of the match, with Jose Bosingwa (hamstring) and John Terry (knee) the only players definitely ruled out.
Juan Mata (broken finger) is doubtful following a collision with Napoli defender Salvatore Aronica, but may be able to play through the pain, while Fernando Torres has been suffering with an illness, although he should be available to start.
Bolton, on the other hand, has a long list of injuries. Kevin Davies (knee), Marcos Alonso (ankle) Tyrone Mears (knee), Ricardo Gardner (hip), Chung-Yong Lee (broken leg), Stuart Holden and Sean Davis (both knee) are all ruled out, while Owen Coyle has others to worry about too.
Young defender Joe Riley (ankle) has been labelled very doubtful for the trip, while Mark Davies (hamstring) is very much touch-and-go. One good piece of news for Coyle, however, is the potential return of Marvin Sordell (eye), who will probably take a place on the bench.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Chelsea has not won any of its last five matches in all competitions.
- When the two sides met earlier in the season, Chelsea ran out 5-1 winners at the Reebok Stadium with Frank Lampard scoring a hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge netting twice.
- Bolton has lost its last two Premier League matches.
- Owen Coyle’s team has lost nine of its last 15 away matches in all competitions.
- Chelsea has beaten Bolton by four goals in five of its last seven meetings.
- Bolton’s last win against Chelsea came at Stamford Bridge back in December 2003.
- Gary Cahill (pictured right) is set to make his first appearance against Bolton since leaving for Chelsea in January.
- Each of the last eight meetings between the two sides have ended in a win for the Blues.
Top 3 Predictions
Chelsea 3-0 Bolton
- 17.23 %
Chelsea 2-0 Bolton
- 11.57 %
Chelsea 3-1 Bolton
- 11.38 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Feb 25, 2012||Chelsea 3 - Bolton 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Oct 2, 2011||Bolton 1 - Chelsea 5|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 24, 2011||Bolton 0 - Chelsea 4|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 29, 2010||Chelsea 1 - Bolton 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 13, 2010||Chelsea 1 - Bolton 0|
|Apr 13, 2014||Swansea City 0 - Chelsea 1||EPL|
|Apr 8, 2014||Chelsea 2 - PSG 0||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Chelsea 3 - Stoke 0||EPL|
|Apr 2, 2014||PSG 3 - Chelsea 1||UCL|
|Mar 29, 2014||Crystal Palace 1 - Chelsea 0||EPL|
|12||John Obi Mikel||Midfielder|
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