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Chelsea vs Derby: Lampard’s Rams can be competitive

Kick-off: 1945, 31/10/2018

Stadium: Stamford Bridge

TV: Sky Sports

Frank Lampard will make an emotional return to Stamford Bridge when Derby visit Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday and his side are fancied to make a game of it.

The Rams have already knocked Manchester United out of this competition at Old Trafford and are in great form in the Championship.

With their hosts expected to make plenty of changes, Evens for both teams to score is our opening Chelsea vs Derby prediction.

A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds

Five-time winners Chelsea claimed a notable scalp when beating Liverpool at Anfield in the last round of the EFL Cup.

Eden Hazard came off the bench to bag the winner in a 2-1 success on Merseyside, while Victor Moses, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata featured from the start.

However, the Blues do now have a couple of injury doubts in Hazard and Pedro, so that may affect Maurizio Sarri’s willingness to risk other big names on this occasion.

Looking at the Chelsea vs Derby odds, we like 21/20 for the visitors with two goals start on the handicap list.

A Look At Derby County’s Betting Odds

Derby have already survived three road trips in this competition, winning 2-0 at Oldham, 4-0 at Hull and then beating United on penalties after a 2-2 draw in normal time.

The Rams have also hit a rich vein of form in the Championship recently, climbing up to sixth place in the table.

County beat leaders Sheffield United and promotion favourites West Brom in a couple of entertaining encounters, before drawing 1-1 at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Derby dominated the first half at the Riverside, with Lampard’s side cutting through the home team’s defence on numerous occasions.

“We should have won the game in the first half really,” said the manager. “We played outstandingly well, the only thing short in our game was the two or three goals it warranted.”

County have scored first in their last four games and 29/10 for them to break the deadlock again here is a value pick to add to our Chelsea vs Derby betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

Burnley 0-4 CHELSEA – Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Middlesbrough 1-1 DERBY – George Friend (og)

Head-to-head: Derby 1-3 Chelsea, Derby 0-2 Chelsea

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