Chelsea’s quest to sweep the nation clean of trophies this season continues when they travel to Derby in the Capital One Cup quarter-final, with Jose Mourinho promising to select a strong side for the iPro Stadium skirmish.
Even with a weakened outfit, there would surely be a long queue of parties interested in backing their 9/20 for victory in the east Midlands, knowing that a strong allocation will be fielded by the visitors, which only serves to increase the value in this price further.
For those who envisage an upset, Steve McClaren’s men weigh in at 11/2, while it’s 17/5 about the draw.
The match-betting spread, as you can see, is especially impressive, but there’s an even better bet buried in the multitude of markets available at bwin.com.
This is the 23/10 that says the Premier League pace-setters will prevail in a game that sees both teams score.
Here’s why it’s going to cop:
Chelsea haven’t kept a clean sheet in the competition so far.
Despite facing foes as inferior as Bolton and Shrewsbury, the Blues haven’t been be able to record a Capital One Cup shut out to date.
They’re sure to ship against a Derby side that’s failed to score just once at home all season.
Only one English outfit hasn’t scored when hosting the west Londoners.
The Stamford Bridge side have leaked at least one goal on every domestic road game so far, aside from their Sunderland sojourn two trips back.
Despite their manager’s reputation as a master of the miserly, only three away clean sheets have been recorded in total.
Derby have never beaten Chelsea.
In eight collisions with the Blues, County have been bested on seven instances, while Mourinho’s men have triumphed in 14 of 16 Capital One Cup meetings with sides based in lower leagues.