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Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line.
Effort from deep inside the area by Ashley Cole clears the bar.
Rodrigo Moreno takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Stuart Holden goes off and Robbie Blake comes on.
Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, Zat Knight gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Davies, Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.
Mark Davies is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Johan Elmander offside. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Johan Elmander goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Salomon Kalou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ramires.
A goal is scored by Ramires from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-4 Chelsea.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
Centre by Kevin Davies, clearance made by Ramires.
Mikel goes off and Joshua McEachran comes on.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Johan Elmander. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
(Bolton) makes a substitution, with Mark Davies coming on for Fabrice Muamba. Rodrigo Moreno is brought on as a substitute for Martin Petrov.
Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Elmander. Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Taylor from right channel, blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Nicolas Anelka finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-3 Chelsea.
Martin Petrov takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Ashley Cole.
Matthew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kevin Davies makes a clearance. Florent Malouda takes a short corner. Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Mikel.
Johan Elmander has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Petr Cech makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
A goal is scored by Florent Malouda from close in low into the middle of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Chelsea.
A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, blocked by Zat Knight. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Florent Malouda, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Unfair challenge on Mikel by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
Didier Drogba fouled by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, the ref awards a free kick. Didier Drogba has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Johan Elmander takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.
Centre by Florent Malouda, clearance by Gary Cahill.
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.
Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba has a drilled shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Jose Bosingwa. Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jose Bosingwa.
Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Martin Petrov restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov.
Mikel challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Stuart Holden, Headed effort from inside the area by Gary Cahill misses to the right of the goal.
Ramires produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Ashley Cole on Matthew Taylor, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Ramires manages to make a clearance.
Didier Drogba scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-1 Chelsea.Florent Malouda provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Mikel. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
A cross is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Gary Cahill.
The ball is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
Matthew Taylor challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
The ball is sent over by Kevin Davies, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance. Stuart Holden takes a shot. Martin Petrov is ruled offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee ends the match.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is convinced his side can get back on track against Chelsea on an emotional night at the Reebok Stadium.
The club will honour the late Nat Lofthouse before kick-off with a minute's silence.
Then Coyle hopes his players can give the supporters something to savour when they face the Barclays Premier League champions.
Bolton's form has dipped after a bright start and they have picked up only eight points from their last nine games.
Coyle is still hurting at the way they lost to Chelsea last month when Florent Malouda scored a disputed winner.
"It should have been ruled out for offside and we could have had a penalty, " he said.
"We have had two close-run games with them and lost both 1-0. We came out on the wrong side of some major decisions in those games. We should have had two stonewall penalties last year - one of them after Didier Drogba was playing volleyball. So the margins are minimal. We know that.
"We have been in terrific form at the Reebok and we have to make sure on Monday we make sure come out on the right side of these margins. If that happens it's a game I believe we can win."
Coyle expects Chelsea to kick on in the coming weeks and make a strong bid to retain their crown.
He said: "I have no doubts that with the quality Chelsea have and the strength of their squad they will sustain a challenge for the title again.
"Despite what has been said there are very much in the race and they have picked up in the last few games. They will be coming here to try to get three points. But equally so are we.
"It is vital to find your form in any league game. If you take the recent away matches in isolation, then each game we could have earned points from."
David Wheater could make his debut after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal from Middlesbrough.
Striker Ivan Klasnic (groin) and full-back Gretar Steinsson (knee) are doubtful while Lee Chung-yong is on international duty at the Asian Cup with South Korea.
Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti insists his Chelsea players are not past their sell by date and are as hungry as ever to win silverware.
Opinion is divided over the reasons behind the Blues' worst run in the Barclays Premier League for almost 15 years, from which they have only just emerged.
Some blame the shock sacking of assistant manager Ray Wilkins, while others point to the loss of key players to injury, which in turn is linked to the club's decision to offload a number of experienced squad members last summer.
But there are also those who have questioned whether the stars that remain at Stamford Bridge are still willing and able to compete for the big prizes.
Manager Ancelotti is adamant they are on both counts, rubbishing suggestions his current first-choice XI is over the hill.
He said: "Do you know what is the oldest team in the world? Inter Milan - 29.6 years average.
"Another question: who was the winner of the Champions League last year? We are not the oldest because the oldest is Inter."
The Italian is also certain his double winners remain as motivated as ever to win trophies. I think so because when you win, the next desire after the victory is to win again," he said.
"This was in my mind and in their mind."
Frank Lampard and John Terry are both doubts for the game.
Lampard is the bigger concern with a calf injury the club had been confident would not rule him out, while Terry is expected to be available despite picking up a back problem.
Alex (knee), Yury Zhirkov (calf) and Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) remain sidelined.
Chelsea romp to victory
Chelsea banished their away-day blues and narrowed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United to seven points with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
Goals from Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires gave manager Carlo Ancelotti the result he craved.
It was Chelsea's first win on the road since October and even though United have a game in hand Ancelotti must have renewed hope they can go on and retain their crown.
Certainly they have terrific attacking options and managed to secure the win without Frank Lampard, who had suffered a recent calf injury.
The match was preceded by an immaculately observed minute's silence for Bolton legend Nat Lofthouse, who died earlier this month, and it was the hosts who threatened first when a miscued clearance from John Terry, who had shrugged off a back problem, landed at the feet of Stuart Holden in the second minute. However, the American failed to test goalkeeper Petr Cech from a good position.
The home side kept up the momentum and Kevin Davies headed into the arms of the goalkeeper following a flick-on from Johan Elmander.
Chelsea, however, opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a magnificent effort from Drogba.
Malouda won the ball from Gretar Steinsson and released Drogba 30 yards out. He caught the ball sweetly and thumped a swerving shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the net to gasps around the ground.
It was Drogba's 10th goal of the season in all competitions and just the boost Ancelotti was looking for.
Play switched back down the other end and a minute later Cech kept his side on level terms, getting a great touch to turn a Matt Taylor header around the post following a cross from Martin Petrov.
Chelsea then extended their lead in the 41st minute with defender Gary Cahill cursing his luck. He managed to block Malouda's cross but it rebounded to the Frenchman who scored at the second attempt, his shot beating Jaaskelainen at the goalkeeper's near post. That strike took him equal with Drogba on 10 goals.
Bolton almost pulled a goal back a minute before the break with Cech doing well to push away Elmander's clever flick.
Davies, though, was back doing some defensive work in the 52nd minute, heading away an inswinging free-kick from Drogba.
Taylor had been penalised for a challenge on the Chelsea striker which incensed the home supporters.
Bolton, however, suffered another blow in the 56th minute when Chelsea went 3-0 ahead.
Michael Essien delivered a cross from the right and Zat Knight seemed to be distracted by Drogba. The ball broke to Anelka, who swept it home for his 13th goal of the season.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle decided to switch things around and brought on Rodrigo Moreno and Mark Davies for Petrov and Fabrice Muamba, and Davies came close in the 67th minute after latching on to a through-ball from Elmander.
The midfielder tried to lob the ball over Cech but the goalkeeper stood tall and made the save.
Bolton could not handle the speed of Chelsea's counter-attacks and it was becoming a rout.
Ramires made it 4-0 in the 74th minute with his first goal for the club after arriving from Benfica in the summer.
Essien was again instrumental in the build-up, finding Anelka in the area. When his shot was blocked, the Brazil midfielder swept home the rebound.
Anelka almost got his second of the night in stoppage time but Jaaskelainen somehow managed to turn his close range effort around the post.
It was a disappointing night for Bolton, who paid proper homage to the late, great Lofthouse, and they have now taken only eight points from 10 games.
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