Chelsea are expected to afford rare game time lifeblood to several players that have been loitering on the periphery under Jose Mourinho against Sheffield Wednesday.
Among those expected to start are four men acquired over the last two transfer windows for a total fee just shy of £50m.
Centre-half Kurt Zouma (£11m), Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Filipe Luis (£15.8) and Loic Remy (£10.5m) are the men in contention for rocking horse dung-rare starts.
The quartet will be awarded every chance to shine against an out of sorts Bolton Wanderers side that have won just once in ten games this season.
Yet a strong showing from any one of them would likely be eclipsed in its impact on the backpages, not to mention the supporters’ psyche, by a goal from someone that cost Roman Abramovich zero outlay, at least not this time.
Didier Drogba is 4/5 to bag at any moment during proceedings against Dougie Freedman’s beleaguered guests.
Certainly if he cannot find the scoresheet against the fifth-worst rearguard in the second tier, then it wouldn’t be too sacrilegious to wonder if he ever will during his swansong spell at Stamford Bridge.
The Ivorian colossus has netted twice in his last three games against the Whites, in 2009/10 and the latter’s doomed 2010/11 campaign.
While he looked somewhat off the pace in his first start of the campaign against Schalke, missing two opportunities a younger model would have surely tucked away for fun, the drop down in class should afford him the time to shine.
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Chelsea are overwhelming 3/20 favourites to do away with Bolton inside the 90 minutes, with Wanderers a scarcely credible 29/2 for victory, while the draw is itself a lowly 25/4 shot.