Chelsea are in Capital One Cup action once again and they come face-to-face with a Derby County side who have only registered one defeat at home all season.
It was a scrappy affair at Shrewsbury’s New Meadow in the competition’s previous round, Chelsea scraping through with a 2-1 win thanks to an own-goal from the home side, however Mourinho will likely field a strong team for this clash, a place in the semi-final of the competition at stake.
Derby thrashed Fulham 5-2 in their last encounter in this competition and they will be confident of managing an upset over the Premier League leaders. Indeed, Derby possess an enviable home record, losing only once on home turf all season.
Nevertheless, they will need to bounce back from their weekend defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough should they wish to halt a Chelsea side who are very much in the hunt for no less than four trophies this season.
Chelsea suffered their first defeat of the season to Newcastle, however they bounced back from that with a win against a 10-man Hull City side last weekend. They will be eager to ensure that there are no similar slip-ups at Derby.
The Blues are overwhelming favourites to beat County and progress through to the semi-finals, Betfred offering 1/2 for such an outcome. Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will severely test the home defence and will surely get themselves onto the scoresheet by the time the final whistle blows.
Nevertheless, Derby have been no slouches in front of goal either this term and we fancy them to score at some point of the match. The Rams have triumphed in all but four of their last ten home games with 23 goals scored. Derby will provide Chelsea with a firm test, however ultimately the Premier League side will come out on top.
It will be tough and the home side will likely score, but expect a Chelsea win once again.
Our betting tips
Chelsea win with both teams scoring – BetVictor 21/10
Anytime Goalscorer, Diego Costa – Ladbrokes 9/10
All odds were correct at time of posting.