Kick-off: 2005, 30/10/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
Frank Lampard endured mixed fortunes against Chelsea and Manchester United in last season’s EFL Cup when Derby manager.
The Rams knocked United out on penalties at Old Trafford in the third round before Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge ended in a 3-2 defeat on a night when he was serenaded by the Blues fans.
Punters can get 23/20 for Lampard to get one over on the Red Devils again and that is our opening Chelsea vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea were beaten in the final on penalties by Manchester City last season and secured the last of their five cup triumphs in 2015.
Lampard registered his first home win as Chelsea boss in the last round as goals from Michy Batshuayi (2), Ross Barkley, Pedro, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi ensured a 7-1 thrashing of League Two Grimsby.
Four academy graduates were handed debuts and Lampard gave Billy Gilmour his first start.
Lampard said: “It says a lot about the academy and nights like this give the opportunity to mix the team up and give them a chance, it gives good recognition to the academy.
“Now the hard work starts to get in the team regularly.”
Whether any of those will be on show this time remains to be seen but Lampard will view this competition as an ideal one to lift his first trophy as Chelsea boss.
The last League Cup meeting between these sides was certainly an eventful affair, with Chelsea winning 5-4 at Stamford Bridge after extra-time.
We are not expecting a repeat but we do anticipate goals so, looking at the Chelsea vs Man Utd odds, a home win and both teams to score has strong appeal at 3/1.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United have also been victorious five times in this competition, the last being in 2017 when Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a late winner in a 3-2 triumph over Southampton.
But while Chelsea comfortably secured their passage into round four, United survived a shock by eventually getting past Rochdale on penalties.
Sergio Romero saved United from an embarrassing exit after 16-year-old Luke Matheson had cancelled out Mason Greenwood’s opener at Old Trafford.
Back-up goalkeeper Romero’s save from Jimmy Keohane’s attempt was the difference as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side emerged as 5-3 victors against the League One outfit.
Solskjaer said: “Again we go 1-0 up and you think ‘go on then, get the second’ which is the key now and that is a learning curve for these boys as well. We need to go for a second.
“At this club, you don’t just sit back and hope that’s good enough. If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.”
United won well at Norwich over the weekend, but with changes expected on both sides, we will round off our Chelsea vs Man Utd betting tips by going for a 2-1 home win at 33/4.
Solskjaer hinted in his press conference that youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams could be named in his squad.
Burnley 2-4 CHELSEA – Christian Pulisic (3), Willian
Norwich 1-3 MAN UTD – Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
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