The Capital One Cup gets serious as the third round sees the big boys joining in and bwin goalscorer specials have stepped up a gear to mark the occasion when Swindon host Chelsea, with double or treble odds if you back a first goalscorer or a player to score at any time and they go on to bag a brace or a hat-trick.
With Jose Mourinho’s side the shortest of short-priced away favourites at 17/50 to beat their League One opponents you could really fill your boots in this fixture.
The Portuguese always takes the Capital One Cup seriously and despite Chelsea’s strikers’ misfiring form so far this season the Blues have plenty of players capable of racking up the goals at Swindon.
Brazilian midfielder Oscar has scored the first goal in each of his team’s last two matches and has to be backed at 11/2 to make it three in a row if he starts against Mark Cooper’s side.
However, the 22-year-old could be rested and replaced in the starting line-up by Juan Mata, who got on the scoresheet a remarkable 20 times in a blue shirt last year, which included doubles at Spurs in the league and against Nordsjaelland in the Champions League.
The Spaniard will be desperate to prove a point having been frozen out of the first team this season and would be a great bet at 6/1 to break the deadlock should he make the first 11.
In the ‘to score at any time’ market defender David Luiz has to be worth a punt at 19/4 having scored seven times overall last term.
The rampaging centre-half is expected to make his fourth start of the season – all in different competitions – and will not shy away from free-kick duty if required.
Swindon are 13/2 to pull off the ultimate shock at the County Ground and the draw is at 4/1, but the Robins unbeaten run at home this season is sure to be obliterated by the time the Europa League-holders have left town.
Mourinho won the Capital One Cup twice in his previous three-year reign at Stamford Bridge and the 2004/05 triumph was his first trophy in England.