Derby County vs Chelsea Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Derby County vs Chelsea | Tuesday 16 December, 2014 | Pride Park Stadium | 19.45
Chelsea beat Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and travel to Derby County in high spirits on Tuesday for their League Cup quarter final draw against Steve McClaren’s men.
Derby lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough at the weekend to fall down to third place in the Championship table, although they remain just one point behind Bournemouth at the top.
Despite Chelsea’s impressive season so far, Jose Mourinho’s men won’t be taking the threat of a home Derby side lightly. The Blues will be hoping to dominate both domestic and European competitions this year and the League Cup could become their first trophy of the season, with the clash against Derby the first of three remaining hurdles.
Steve McClaren has guided a team to victory in the League Cup previously – Middlesbrough in 2004 – and will be keen to bounce back from defeat against his former side on Saturday.
Chelsea held on to their three-point lead in the Premier League although they were unable to extend it as Man City’s win over Leicester meant that the Sky Blues continue to put the pressure on.
Chelsea keeper Cech sees Tuesday’s meeting against Derby as just another rung on their ladder to glory this season.
“We only judge the team when the season is finished and you can see how many trophies the team has in hand,” he said. “It is difficult to say which Chelsea side in history was the best because a lot of them won trophies.
“This team has huge potential. It has been doing really well this season, we are top of the league and have been doing some brilliant games but we are empty-handed at the moment and I don’t like to compare the teams until the season is finished.
“It is already a quarter-final and we would obviously like to go all the way but we know what is waiting for us at Derby is a very tough game. They are flying and, although they lost this weekend in a big game in the Championship, they are still near the top of their league.
“They are a very good side and last season when we played there in the FA Cup it was a very difficult game as well. We know what to expect and we know we will have to play well to go through.”
McClaren was frustrated with his side’s performance against Boro but believes his men will step it up a notch against Chelsea.
“We did not react well from the first goal and we need to dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday. What a great game it is to do it in,” said the Derby boss.
Derby will be without Ryan Shotton due to suspension while Chelsea remain without Thibaut Courtois in goal, choosing to play Cech again instead. Mourinho will also be boosted by the return of Cesc Fabregas who served a one-match ban against Hull City.
Derby County vs Chelsea Betting Tips
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