The Trotters struggled past lower league opposition in the two previous rounds of the League Cup, overcoming Bury and Crewe by three goals to two after extra time.
However, fortunes appear to be changing following their first Championship victory of the season on the 16th September, when a Joe Mason hat-trick defeated Rotherham. A 1-0 loss to high flying Wolves followed, although the performance was encouraging, and Bolton would have left with a share of the points had Owen Garvan converted a penalty.
Whilst Chelsea will view the fixture as an easy victory, a number of players will be hoping to cause an upset, with the Trotters still holding a lot of talent amongst their ranks.
The standout performer for Bolton this season, former Liverpool man Spearing now captains the side and represents the hard-working attitude of the team. Having registered three assists this season, the 25-year-old has been the creative outlet from midfield, whilst also fulfilling defensive duties to the highest ability.
His deep-lying role means he will be tasked with defending the attacking talents of the Blues, and he will hoping that his impressive tackle, interception and clearance numbers continue into this game. With a focus upon defensive duties, Spearing may be required to lose some of his creativity, something his teammates will be forced to compensate for.
Provider of Bolton’s first Championship win of the season, Cardiff loanee Mason netted a hat-trick against Rotherham, as well as the opener in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest to take his tally to four goals in seven games. He has netted more than half of Bolton’s entire tally, and is the only player to have scored more than once this season.
If the Trotters have any hope of claiming a result off Chelsea, Mason will have to be at the top of his game, with his talents making him the only proven goalscorer in the Trotters first-team squad.
A veteran in the current Trotters side, Chung-Yong has been with the club since 2009, making 177 appearances in all competitions. He has played in all eight games so far this season, starting seven of them, but has yet to score a goal or register an assist.
However, he has still been a creative provider in the side, playing one key pass per game and completing one dribble per game, but he will have to find a preciseness to his game if he intends to impress at Stamford Bridge. The South Korean international has the talent to impress, but he just needs to put it into practise.