Chelsea vs Bournemouth: Carabao Cup preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

Chelsea host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The two clubs met at this stage of the competition last season – exactly a year ago to the day.

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Morata stunned Bournemouth in last year’s quarter-final

Dan Gosling equalised for the Cherries in the 90th minute, appearing to force extra time, before Alvaro Morata went straight up the other end and scored the deciding goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win.

The visitors will need a dramatic upturn in form if they are to avenge that result.

Eddie Howe’s men have suffered six defeats in their last seven games, while Chelsea have only been beaten twice in all competition under Maurizio Sarri and carry some good form into the clash.

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Bournemouth are experiencing a bad run of form

Where can I listen?

Chelsea vs Bournemouth will be live on talkSPORT 2, kick-off 7.45pm. Click HERE to listen live or tune in via our radioplayer, below

What the managers are saying

Gianfranco Zola (Chelsea assistant): “We know Bournemouth is a dangerous team. They’ve gone far, even from last year. They keep improving.

“A very good coach (Eddie Howe) and a good team. We know the game will have a lot of difficulties.

“With all respect we know our potential, we’re getting better. We’ve had our bad spell, but we’re coming strong from that.”

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Zola was full of praise for Bournemouth

Eddie Howe (Bournemouth): “It’s a great game for us, we’re very excited to be in the competition and trying to get to the semi-final.

“It’s well documented that we’ve never been in a major cup semi-final before, so what greater incentive can we have? We’re very excited to try and make that happen.

“We have a massive hurdle to overcome, one I really want my players and staff to relish and try to rise to.”

Team news

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is a doubt with a foot problem.

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Hazard limped off during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Brighton

Striker Alvaro Morata is out with a knee injury, so Olivier Giroud could be Chelsea’s only option up front.

The Blues are expected to make changes, so the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill could feature.

Bournemouth will check on Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Simon Francis.

Wilson is carrying a hamstring problem, Mings has a hip injury and Francis is nursing a groin niggle.

Dan Gosling, Lewis Cook and Adam Smith remain sidelined with knee injuries.

Predicted line-ups

Chelsea: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Cahill, Emerson; Kante, Fabregas, Barkley; Loftus-Cheek, Giroud, Willian.

Bournemouth: Begovic; Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels; Brooks, Surman, Lerma, Fraser; Stanislas; King.

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