Chelsea are still on course for a potential quadruple and the Capital One Cup draw has been fairly kind to them, with Championship opponents standing in the way of the Blues and a semi-final spot.
Jose Mourinho insists he will continue to respect the competition by fielding a strong XI for tonight’s game, with the Blues boss insisting there is no fatigue among his players.
“We don’t have problems. The players are fit, the players are not tired, the players are in good condition so no special reason not to go with a strong side,” manager Mourinho told the club website (www.chelseafc.com) on Monday.
“It is a sign of respect for Derby, it is a sign of respect for the competition because I don’t think this cup deserves other things than we always show for the competition.
“At this moment we don’t speak about any other competition, we just speak about the Capital One Cup. It is a difficult opponent and we have to go with a strong side.
“This is a cup match, a quarter final, big motivation for them and we have to equal that motivation so our bigger talent can win.”
Chelsea are a 1/2 chance with Coral to win the game, with Diego Costa likely to prove a handful and Eden Hazard achieving the sort of level that marks out the Belgian as one of the best players in the Premier League and Europe.
However, Derby are pretty strong when it comes to playing at home, with the Rams having won six of their ten home matches and also scoring 23 goals in front of their own fans.
Therefore, while they might struggle to live with the Premier League leaders, we should expect County to have a crack at their tough opponents and a Chelsea win with both teams scoring looks like the bet to have.
Chelsea to win and both teams score @ 21/10 with Coral