Chelsea vs. Bolton : Scouting Report – Team Analysis

Chelsea vs. Bolton : Scouting Report – Team Analysis

With Bolton Wanderers visiting the Stamford Bridge for the Capital One Cup clash on Wednesday night, we decided to check out more about The Trotters in our Opposition Scouting Report.

Here’s “Chelsea vs. Bolton : Scouting Report – Team Analysis” and  what we learned about them :


Bolton Wanderers is an English professional football club playing in Football League Championship.The club is currently competing in the 2014-15 championship after being relegated from the top flight in 2011-12 season and is currently managed by Dougie Freedman, who was appointed in the fall of 2012 to manage a struggling side. Midfielder Jay Spearing currently captains the championship team.

After finish, last season at 14th place Bolton Wanderers had a horrible start to this year’s league Championship. They have managed just one win and a couple of draws in their eight games so far pushing them at 18th position in the league. Given their recent form there would be a lot of pressure on the Bolton players when they visit us for the cup game.


After the appointment of Dougie Freedman as the manager, the club has mostly rolled on with a 4-4-2 Diamond Formation also known as 4-1-2-1-2 formation. In this formation, the lone defensive midfielder is deployed as a deep-lying playmaker with two central midfielders in front of him followed by an attacking midfielder who sits behind the two strikers.

Their midfield is, usually, comprised of Jay Spearing, Darren Pratley, Chung-Yong Lee and Mark Davies. While the Scottish fullback Kevin McNaughton provides the necessary width going forward. Bolton plays with a two striker system with Joe Mason and Craig Davies, usually, preferred with the role upfront. But with important fixtures coming up Jermaine Beckford is tipped to start for the Trotters in place of Mason against us on Wednesday.


The diamond formation is the way Bolton has rolled on in this years campaign which means they are highly stacked up in the center of the midfield. Their style of play makes them a possession based team in the middle and because of their use of diamond in the midfield there is an absence of natural wingers on either side of the pitch. This means Trotters has to depend a lot on their fullbacks to provide the necessary width on the wings making the job much easier for the likes of Schurrle and Salah on Wednesday.

Use of the Diamond in the midfield also accounts for their lack of creativity on the pitch, this is because of a lack of natural winger in this formation a team has to rely a lot on their fullbacks to provide the width going forward and since the departure of the leftback Marcos Alonso they have been lacking in this area. This makes the job of fullback Kevin McNaughton even more important when they visit the bridge.


JOE MASON- Bolton Wanderers had a horrendous start to this season, but the loanee from Cardiff Joe Mason has been a key player and a star performer for the championship side so far. The striker scored a second half hat-trick to earn Bolton their first win of the season at home to Rotherham United and has looked impressive every time he has set foot on the pitch. With a bad start and important games coming up Freedman, might want to rest Mason during the visit to the Bridge or maybe start him from the bench.

MARK DAVIES- Mark Davies has easily been the most influential player for the Trotters whenever he has been fit since joining the club in the start of 2009. His stay has been marked with injuries but when fit the midfielder has been impressive in carrying the attack forward and is one of the player blues has to be wary against on Wednesday. His willingness to drive forward and make spaces for other players in the dangerous positions makes him a key member of the team. Mikel will have a big job on his hand stopping him on Wednesday.


When we look up the history between the two clubs, Bolton has always been a happy hunting ground for the blues. With just three wins in the 26 Premier League encounters and none in the last 18 Chelsea has been nothing short of a nightmare for the Trotters. The last win Bolton registered against us was way back in 2003 and since then they have been thrashed mercilessly by the blues.

With the recent form in the Championships and the history against us Bolton will need nothing less than a miracle and even that won’t be enough when they line up against us in the Capital One Cup encounter come Wednesday night!

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