Batshuayi set for Blues start

19 December 2017 09:45:20 EST

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi will get a chance to impress for Chelsea when they take on Bournemouth in the last eight of the League Cup.

The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the League Cup earlier this season, while he also started in the 2-1 win at home to Everton in the fourth round of the competition.

We need to give opportunities to players who aren't playing regularly.

Antonio Conte

And Batshuayi is set to line up against the Cherries, with fellow frontman Alvaro Morata still being hampered by a back injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham just over a week ago.

Blues head coach Antonio Conte told reporters: "He (Morata) is okay. He had this problem in his back against West Ham and he's struggled. He's working well and finding his best form.

"But tomorrow I want to give an opportunity to play Batshuayi."

And the Italian also confirmed that he will give a number of squad players opportunities to shine, with midfield linchpin N'Golo Kante one of the regular starters who is set to be given a rest.

He added: "We need to give opportunities to players who aren't playing regularly.

"It's also very difficult for your players to play every game. Kante has played ten games in a row, if you do this you take a great risk with injuries."

Chelsea, five-time winners of the League Cup, are 1212/1 to go all the way all lift the trophy once again this season.

Meanwhile, Batshuayi is 8/13 to score at any time on Wednesday evening, with the Blues 11/2 to secure a 2-0 victory in 90 minutes.

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