Chelsea have beaten Bolton on the last seven occasions that the teams have met and there have been some recent drubbings which Owen Coyle will want to avoid. Last season, the Blues put four past their opponents without reply at the Reebok Stadium and they triumphed by a 4-0 scoreline twice the previous campaign.
Stan James (£150 free bets) offer 4/7 that the visitors win at the Reebok for the eighth season running and the main concern for any Chelsea backer would be that Andre Villas-Boas’ team had a tough Champions League game in Valencia on Wednesday night which may leave them a little weary.
There is also the fact that Fernando Torres is suspended following his red card although it will simply mean that Didier Drogba gets the chance to have a run of games and the striker is no stranger to scoring against Bolton, with Ladbrokes (£50 free betting) offering 9/2 that he scores the opener on Sunday.
Frank Lampard will be hoping to stay in the team following his goal at the Mestalla Stadium and can be backed at at 8/1 to break the deadlock, with Chelsea looking to keep pace with the two Manchester teams at the top of the table.
Bolton’s 3-0 defeat at the Emirates last weekend means that the Trotters are rock bottom of the Premier League having conceded sixteen goals. That 4-0 win at QPR on the first day of the season remains as the only game where Wanderers didn’t taste defeat and a draw (10/3) would represent a positive result before a fortnight’s break.
The home side are 11/2 to win the match although the latest defeat at the Reebok came against Norwich City and a big improvement is required if Bolton are to get anywhere near a win in this game.