Chelsea and Bournemouth are set to square off in the quarterfinals of the Caribou Cup on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. The winner will advance to face either Burton Albion or Manchester City depending on the semi-final draw.
As expected, Chelsea opened up as the heavy favorite to advance at (1/3) odds. The Blues have won six of the last eight meetings between the two clubs, and enter in very good form, especially when playing at home.
Callum Wilson to Chelsea?
While both sides will surely be intent to win on Wednesday, a lot of eyes will be focused on the play of the Bournemouth striker, Callum Wilson.
Wilson is having an impressive campaign, so much so that he has drawn attention from the Chelsea front-office. The English striker has been linked as a potential January signing by the club. His currents odds would suggest that he is most likely to return to Bournemouth, but Chelsea is heavily in contention at (3/1) odds.
Maurizio Sarri is currently lacking a rapid striker like Wilson, a role that is vital in his philosophy. Current first-team striker Alvaro Morata, has been often injured and generally underwhelming in his time with the club. The second option for Sarri, Olivier Giroud, has always been viewed as quality depth but nothing much past that.
Chelsea are obviously looking to upgrade their attack but only time will tell if Wilson would be the right fit. The 26-year old has flashed his potential this season but so did Morata before joining the Blues. Nonetheless, his performance in Wednesday’s match-up will draw a great level of interest from both sides.
Odds to Win
Chelsea: (1/3) or 75-percent
Bournemouth: (10/1) or 9.1-percent
Draw: (5/1) or 16.7-percent
Injuries of Note:
CHE: Alvaro Morata (out), Eden Hazard (game-time decision)
BOU: Simon Francis (doubtful)
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