Date: 25th February 2012 at 1:54pm
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Jose Bosingwa will be missing from today’s game against Bolton with a muscle problem which won’t upset many fans as the Portuguese fullback has been heavily criticised for his performances this season and he’ll likely be replaced by Ashley Cole, whose best from has also deserted him this season.

Spanish duo Juan Mata and Fernando Torres will be available for selection despite the former suffering a broken finger and the latter missing yesterday’s training session through illness.

Chelsea have been woeful this season but hopefully this game could be the beginning of a turning point for us as we have an excellent record against Bolton. We have not lost to the Trotters since 2003.

The team I’d choose today:

P. Cech

B. Ivanovic – G. Cahill – D. Luiz – R. Bertrand

M. Essien  –  O. Romeu

J. Mata

Ramires  –  D. Sturridge  –  F. Malouda

Both Torres and Didier Drogba have been worse than useless in front of goal this season and the only reason Daniel Sturridge hasn’t been given many chances in a more central position is because we lack adequate cover for him in the wide areas. But I don’t think it would hurt to play Ramires on the right as he had done earlier in the season and experiment with our misfiring forward line.

We’ve also suffered from a lack of creativity and I think keeping Mata central is the way to go and a combination of Michael Essien and Oriol Romeu are probably a lot more capable of defending our leaky defence than Ramires/Raul Meireles.

A lot was made about Cole’s omission in midweek but too many of the press hacks and Sky’s pundits quickly forgot that the England left-back has only just returned from an injury, has played a lot of football this season and hasn’t played at all well either. He didn’t look interested for the majority of the time he was on the pitch against Napoli and a goal-line clearance doesn’t excuse that. He needs competition, not from the hapless Bosingwa but from Ryan Bertrand, who can actually cross a ball.

Who’d be in your Chelsea XI v Bolton today?