The last time Chelsea played a Capital One Cup game, Jose Mourinho wasn’t all that impressed with the performance levels of the reserves he used.
So when he takes his side to face Derby in the quarter-final he could be tempted to keep a core of first-teamers in the starting XI as punishment for his fringe’s lax attitude.
Either way the price available on a Blues win is far too good to ignore, so much so that it headlines our three best bets for the encounter:
The Blues have been a shorter price to beat most Premier League teams this season, so it’s well worth jumping on here.
Obviously the fact that Derby aren’t just Championship also-rans but fighting for the title is combined with the likelihood that Mourinho will shuffle his pack to make their odds closer to evens than normal.
But an unbeaten streak of eight against the Rams along with an immunity to being knocked out by a non-Premier-League side since 2008/09 is more than enough evidence to back an away win.
Those that are put off by a short price on a huge side to beat a Championship club may want to avert their attention to the correct score market instead.
Both of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup outings this term have ended in this exact scoreline, while County have only managed to hold the Blues to a single goal in one of their last six meetings with the west Londoners.
Despite facing Bolton and Shrewsbury in the competition to reach this point, Mourinho’s formidable squad have failed to keep both at bay.
Steve McClaren’s men have only once been denied a goal at Pride Park in 12 outings this term and have managed 11 in their last three appearances there.
Meanwhile, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Loic Remy and Andre Schurrle waiting for a run out, it is hard to imagine the visitors leaving without finding the back of the net.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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