Chelsea vs Derby County predictions and match preview

Chelsea vs Derby County predictions and match preview

Chelsea vs Derby County predictions and match preview

Ross Barkley registered two assists and a goal against Burnley in his most impressive performance of the season so far, and Zola said there are elements of Barkley's game that remind him of Derby boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Derby found themselves behind again before half-time, as Cesc Fabregas netted much to the annoyance of the visitors who felt there was a foul in the build-up.

Lampard, now a manager, returned to Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a trophy-laden 13-year spell. But all I can imagine when I think of Frank Lampard as an opposing manager, is how he must know something that will give his team enough of an edge to keep it close.

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Perhaps that was everything, but it was hard not to link Chelsea's fluctuating concentration levels with the fact that the focus of Stamford Bridge so often drifted to the visiting dugout. Tomorrow we are going to decide whether he is going to be part of the team'. The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they get. Leicester or Southampton will play Manchester City or Fulham.

Chelsea's game against Derby County can be viewed by United Kingdom residents on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, which are channels 401 and 403 respectively on Sky and channels 501 and 503 respectively for Virgin Media users. The quarter-final draw pits Arsenal against Spurs, while Chelsea take on Bournemouth and Middlesbrough play Burton.

Lampard's Derby will play Birmingham in the Championship this weekend.

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After scoring the fourth during Chelsea's 4-0 win over Burnley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be handed with another start for Sarri's side against the Rams.

Zola sees no reason why Mount and Tomori could not celebrate a Derby goal or victory.

Predicted Derby County XI: Carson; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Forsyth; Wilson, Huddlestone; Waghorn, Mount, Lawrence; Nugent.

Chelsea are heavy favourites to beat Derby in 90 minutes on Wednesday, but the best bet could be for the Blues to go through while also conceding.

Kovacic is unlikely to be in the most competitive position in the whole Chelsea side and he might need an eye for goal to make it his. It is home. Not my current home, but my home for such a long time.

He only scored three goals across his time with Real Madrid and Maurizio Sarri will need all the midfield efforts he can find with Jorginho and N'Golo Kante also in the side. It was a Lampard-esque goal and Derby's protests were dismissed by Moss.

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