Chelsea v Derby EFL Cup betting preview and tips
Frank Lampard has been full of praise for his former club Chelsea considering that they’ve made the unusual step of allowing their on-loan players to line up on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
Mason Mount has been so good this season that Gareth Southgate has called him up for the England senior squad and Fikayo Tomori is another England Under-21 international who is a permanent fixture in a Rams team challenging for promotion to the Premier League.
They will join their other talented teammates in the tunnel for this clash, with Derby having dumped out Manchester United in the previous round after a 2-2 draw before going through on spot kicks.
Harry Wilson is another loan player and the Liverpool man is worth his weight in gold, with the Welshman playing a starring role in a recent 4-1 victory at West Brom which illustrates that County can be devastating on their day.
Maurizio Sarri certainly won’t be taking these opponents lightly, although the Italian masterminded a 2-1 victory at Anfield in the previous round of the competition and he’s got plenty of squad depth to cope with a match like this.
Sarri would love to win a trophy this season and a lack of Champions League involvement means that he can be adventurous with his team selection in this competition and it’s a fairly favourable draw for the Premier League side.
Olivier Giroud, Gary Cahill and Ross Barkley are among those likely to play, with Chelsea hoping to show their superior quality over the ninety minutes although victory isn’t certain and any home team win could be by a slender margin.
Derby +1.5 @ 2.25 with bet365