Chelsea vs Derby County
English League Cup
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Stamford Bridge (London).
Frank Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as his Derby County are about to tackle Chelsea for a place in the League Cup quarter-final. It will be Lampard’s maiden clash against the team where he spent most of his career.
The clash itself will certainly be the one to watch, especially if we know that the Rams showed strength by beating Manchester United away at Old Trafford in the previous round of the competition. They are generally enjoying a fine season in the Championship where they sit 6th after 15 rounds.
The Rams are unbeaten in last five games and they come into this with just one defeat in last nine matches across competitions. Each of last five games they played saw goals scored at both ends and we’d not be surprised to witness such scenario this time out as well, expecting Maurizio Sarri to send out a mixed line-up on the pitch here.
Chelsea vs Derby County: Head-to-head
This will be the first head to head encounter between the two teams in four years.
They were also battling it out in the League Cup back then when Chelsea took a 1-3 away victory.
The Blues won eight of last nine meetings with Derby County and they deservedly grab the favourites tag coming into this clash as well.
Chelsea vs Derby County: Prediction
The Blues have really been thriving in the final third under Maurizio Sarri this season. They scored as many as 11 goals in last four games across competitions (almost three per game) and they head into this off the back of a demolishing 0-4 victory over Burnley away at Turf Moor.
Given Derby’s attacking-minded football, we just have to see the Over 2.5 goals FT as the bet to go for here. You can back it at the odds of 1.53.
Eden Hazard skipped the trip to Burnley and he will miss this cup tie as well. Nonetheless, we could see some really decent efforts form Chelsea’s mixed line-ups in Europa League so far in the campaign which is why we will alternatively back the home win & BTTS at the odds of 2.90.
Chelsea vs Derby County: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.53 (8/15)
Chelsea to win & BTTS @ 2.90 (19/10).