Chelsea will take on Championship side Bolton in the Capital One Cup third round fixture at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Catch the highlights of the match of The League Cup Show on BBC One and BBC One HD at 11:05pm BST.


Chelsea welcome Championship side Bolton to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening, with both teams looking to book a place in the last-16 of the Capital One Cup.

The Blues, who are currently top of the Premier League are likely to field a completely changed side, with Jose Mourinho most likely to rest first-team regulars John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa.

With the strength in depth the blues have, they could still line up with a quality team which includes the likes of Loic Remy, Mohammed Salah, Oscar and the experienced Petr Cech in goal. Even though the league cup is low on Mourinho's list of priorities, he will be keen to progress in the tournament he won twice during his first stint at the Blues.

Chelsea are the form team at the moment and will want to keep that momentum going into another crucial week of Premier League and Champions League fixtures.

Dougie Freedman
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman

Meanwhile, Bolton are on the other end of the spectrum and have been struggling for form, having won just one of their eight games in the Championship thus far.

Dougie Freedman will look at the cup competition as a welcome distraction and as well as a chance to give a run out to a few of the non-regulars in the first team. He will have one eye on the crucial league fixtures coming up and may rest a few of his key players and utilise the rest of his squad.

What Managers Say

Steve Holland (Chelsea Assistant Manager): "We are hopeful whoever gets the chance to play will stake a claim for a place long term, That's the objective. You want everyone to be pushing for a place. No matter whether you are old or young, you want to play. And if you don't want to play, you shouldn't be here. That's how you want your players to be. Motivation shouldn't be a problem and I don't expect it to be."

Dougie Freedman: "We've worked hard for this. This is what you could be playing against. We will give Chelsea respect but we won't be in fear of them. Mr Mourinho is one of the best in the business. He's proved that many times. I'll be encouraging my players but also I'll be looking to my left to see how he's moving, his actions towards what's happening. I will be learning from this experience, growing from this experience, no matter the result."

Betting Odds (

  • Chelsea to win: 1/6
  • Draw: 25/4
  • Bolton to win: 14


  • Injured: Ramires (Abductor Muscle)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Cech; Luis, Zouma, Cahill, Ivanovic; Mikel, Ake; Salah, Oscar, Schurrle; Remy


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Kenny; Moxey, Mills, Ream, McNaughton; Danns, Pratley, M Davies, Spearing, Lee; Beckford