Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Chelsea set up a meeting with Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals by beating Liverpool and Derby County. The Blues have slim chances of winning the Premier League title and they surely want to go all the way in the League Cup. Maurizio Sarri are brimming with confidence following back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Derby County and we predict that they are going to advance to the semis of the Carabao Cup. The Cherries, on the other hand, have been struggling to find their best form of late and seeing that the Blues are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the visitors are likely to return home-empty handed. Eden Hazard is likely to be rested against Bournemouth, but Maurizio Sarri has a number of top-class players to choose from, therefore, home win should be considered. In their last meeting at Stamford Bridge Chelsea recorded a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Highlighted Player (Cesc Fabregas):
Born in Arenys de Mar on 4 May, 1987, Cesc Fabregas began his football career at Mataro. After spending two years at Mataro, Cesc joined Barcelona in 1997 and six years later the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Arsenal. Fabregas played for Arsenal for eight years (2003-2011) and in 2011 he turned his dream into reality and returned to Barca. In 2014 the 29-year-old footballer joined Premier League side Chelsea. Fabregas won the 2012/2013 La Liga title with Barcelona, while lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy with Chelsea. Cesc did not win the Premier League title with Arsenal, but he helped the capital club lift the FA Cup trophy in 2005. On the other hand, the Chelsea midfielder recorded much better results with the Spain national team as he won the European Championship trophy in 2008 and 2012, while winning the FIFA World Cup title in 2010. Fabregas made his debut for la Roja in March, 2006.
Highlighted Team (Bournemouth):
Bournemouth are a professional football club that was formed back in 1890. The Cherries secured promotion to the Premier League in the 2015/2016 season, with the team making it to the English top flight for the first time ever.
Bournemouth play their home games at Dean Court and the capacity of the stadium is 11,469.
The Cherries enjoyed a very successful season on their Premier League debut, with the team beating the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the national championship. Glenn Murray scored the winner for Bournemouth in the 1-0 win over the capital club at Stamford Bridge and that is probably the greatest victory in the club’s history.
Bournemouth have been participating in the FA Cup since 1913, but they have yet to win the trophy in the prestigious competition. It has to be noted that the club’s original name Boscombe Athletic Football Club was changed to Bournemouth back in 1923 as the club owners wanted the Cherries to be more representative of the district.