Chelsea vs Derby County predictions and match preview

Jo Caldwell
November 1, 2018

The lead was short lived as Mason Mount, another Blues loanee, laid on Martyn Waghorn's leveller after 27 minutes.

But Fabregas' goal proved the victor as he took advantage when the ball ricocheted kindly from Chelsea right-back Zappacosta, who was involved in all of their goals.

As a result, Chelsea have allowed Mount and Tomori to be available for selection by Derby to face them at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

It is pretty obvious that Derby securing loans from Chelsea for Mount and Tomori was due to Lampards connections to the club, but the former midfielder has proved it was not for kicks as his side have been impressive in the Championship so far.

Substitute David Nugent struck a post in the 89th minute as Derby came close to a third equaliser, but Chelsea survived and progressed.

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The Rams bowed out of the cup following the defeat at Stamford Bridge last night but they put in a spirited display which deserved more.

Both Chelsea and Derby have enjoyed good starts under their new managers with the Blues now unbeaten in the Premier League and Derby sixth in the Championship. I'm not sure today, maybe tomorrow he is going to join us in training.' The Chelsea official website quotes us as saying.

GK Willy Caballero, 6 - Could do nothing about either of Derby's goals, but his distribution was poor and nothing about him inspired confidence in his defenders.

"Tomori and Keogh have been absolutely outstanding for us all season". Come on Chelsea, we can't let Derby score all our goals for us. His forward runs were just as risky to Chelsea as to the opponents; both visiting goals came from the space vacated on his flank.

MF N'Golo Kante, 7 - Showed no sign of fatigue in a game he wasn't expected to start and made life particularly hard for Mount on his Stamford Bridge return. It is home. Not my current home, but my home for such a long time.

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Key Stat: Ruben Loftus-Cheek has scored twice as many goals in his past two games than he did in his first 35 for Chelsea.

Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham's forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium.

The side sixth in the Championship were a constant threat in the second half as Marriott's drive was tipped onto the top of the net and Mount went close with a powerful long-range effort.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean that Maurizio Sarri will be playing the same starting XI and certain squad members certainly came in for criticism after their Derby performance.

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