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How Chelsea could line up against Bournemouth

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for their EFL Cup quarter-final tie against Bournemouth.

Chelsea switch focus to the EFL Cup in midweek as they welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs.

The Blues have overcome Liverpool and Derby County to make it to the last eight and now face a repeat of last year's quarter-final tie, which they won 2-1.

Amid a run of 10 games in the space of a month, Maurizio Sarri is expected to continue his rotation policy for the visit of fellow Premier League side Bournemouth.

Ahead of Wednesday night's match in West London, Sports Mole looks at how the five-time winners could line up.

Possible CHE XI vs. BOU

Doubtful: Eden Hazard (knock), Alvaro Morata (knee), Victor Moses (back), Marco van Ginkel (knee), Gary Cahill (knock)

Sarri revealed after the 2-1 win against Brighton & Hove Albion that the knock sustained by star man Hazard is only expected to keep him out for "two days at the most".

Hazard was never likely to start this cup tie, however, with Olivier Giroud the favourite to return to the side through the middle.

Options are limited in the wide areas, but Sarri has a decision to make with regards to Callum Hudson-Odoi's involvement. The youngster has impressed whenever he has been called upon under the Italian, but Willian and Pedro may get the nod here.

Elsewhere, Cesc Fabregas was used against Derby in the last round and will likely be used again on Wednesday, giving Jorginho a welcome breather, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley are two more fringe players desperate for minutes.

Cahill is carrying a minor injury, but should the Englishman shake that off it may well be the same back four that started last time out in the competition.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his third goal of the night in Chelsea's 3-1 win over BATE Borisov on October 25, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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