Chelsea will face Derby County in the League Cup this Wednesday, with the home side faring as the stronger outfit. The hosts are on the back of an emphatic win against Burnley in the Premier League, and the omens do not look good for Frank Lampard upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea vs Derby: odds and predictions

Mauricio Sarri’s side are trading as 1/4 in our match betting tips, but will still appear as favourites to win against Derby County. The Rams are wagering as 10/1 underdogs with a potential draw projected at 24/5.

The Blues odds of qualification are intrepidly priced at 1/7, but with a host of talented players in need of game time available at the click of his fingers, Sarri will be confident of a comfortable win for his side.

Topping the list of in-form players that could do with some minutes on the pitch for Chelsea is Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

A hat-trick in their Europa League clash against BATE Borisov has put the 22-year-old back in the starting eleven radar, and his contribution for the team has not gone unnoticed with Sarri hailing him as an ‘important’ and ‘useful’ player for the side.

The first of our Chelsea vs Derby predictions see the young Englishman forecast to score with the odds at 11/2.

Yet if Derby County are to nullify the attacking presence evident in the Blues offence they will need to find a way to create and score chances of their own.

Leading the charge is David Nugent, who our betting tipsters have priced at odds of 12/1 to score first.

The 33-year-old may lack pace up front, but possesses good striking ability, combined with his physicality that should cause the Chelsea defence issues from set-pieces.

It may not be enough to hurdle this Chelsea side, but Derby still have the ability to put a spanner in their works.

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Chelsea vs Derby match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips

Predicted score: Chelsea to win 3-1, projected @ 9/1

Based on what we’ve already seen this season from the Blues, Lampard’s side in for a trouncing leads our Chelsea vs Derby predictions.

While Eden Hazard may be rested, the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Willian possess the firepower to put this into action.

Considering that their defensive struggles are coming to light in recent performances, they may be facing Chelsea at the wrong time.

Despite both teams conceding less than five goals in their last five games in all competitions, our traders are forecasting a 3-1 win for the home side.

Best bet: Callum Hudson-Odoi to score anytime, tipped @ 7/5

The 17-year-old still hasn’t scored this season, but the little game-time he has had this season has led to promising snippets of action. Enough so for him to lead the second match bet in our Chelsea vs Derby predictions and betting tips.

Against BATE Borisov, he impressed with his passing abilities on the counter with an 81% success rate, yet we’re going one better in tipping him to score.

The Englishman proved his capabilities in front of goal in under-21 matches but now has the opportunity to do so on a senior level against a very able Derby side.

With odds of 7/5, the ball is, as they say, in his court.

Predicted scorer: Ross Barkley to score first, odds @ 11/2

The 24-year-old has turned a corner under Sarri and is slowly becoming a regular feature of the starting eleven.

Against a Ram’s side struggling to deal with pace on the counter, Barkley could be the perfect solution to nipping the Derby attack in the bud.

He has been a crucial provider to those in more advanced positions but is also capable of converting chances in front of goal making him our pick to score first in our Chelsea vs Derby predictions.

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