Having won just one Championship game this season, Dougie Freedman’s men sit one place outside the relegation places, and they also required extra-time in their two previous League Cup encounters against lower league opposition.
They have scored less than half of the Blues tally, and enter the game with no real hope of progressing into the last-16 of the tournament.
However, full-back Dean Moxey, who has made four appearances this season, is looking forward to the tie, safe in the knowledge that all the pressure is on their West London opponents.
Speaking to bwfc.co.uk prior to the game, Moxey said: “It’ll be a tough game against Chelsea, regardless of the side they put out.
“We go into the game without any real pressure on us, because they’re obviously the favourites, but we’ll be looking to give it a real good go.
“They’ve obviously got one of the biggest names in management in the world and they have one of the best squads in the world.
“We know it is going to be tough, but we’ll be going into the game giving it our best shot to try and win the game.
“We’ve got a good group of players and a really good dressing room. It’s a cup match and we don’t really have anything to lose – we’ll give it a really good go right from the off.”
It is unlikely that Jose Mourinho will name a full strength side for this evening’s game, and Moxey feels like a different Bolton approach will allow them to give the Blues second-string a tough game.
“Things maybe haven’t been going our way in the last month or so, so this could be an opportunity to play and approach a game in a different manner.”
Even with a weaker squad on display, Bolton will have to put in a top class performance if they want to claim a result, and a change in methodology from their Championship campaign could be the key to securing their place in the fourth round.