[Image] Here’s the predicted 4-3-3 Chelsea XI to face Derby – can the Blues beat Lampard’s Rams?

Ross Barkley

Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Derby County in the League Cup

Chelsea romped to a 4-0 victory against Burnley in the Premier League as the Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the season. Maurizio Sarri now turns his attention to the mid-week clash against Derby County.

Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge once again, but this time as the manager of Derby County.

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Pedro was brought off injured in the last game and should be unavailable. Eden Hazard will surely not be risked for this game. Apart from that, the Blues have no other real injury concerns at the moment.

Probable Chelsea XI

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Formation: 4-3-3

Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK)

The goalkeeper should continue in goal despite enduring a shaky outing against the Clarets.

Davide Zappacosta (RB)

The Italian picked up an assist in the last game and should return to the line-up for this clash.

Gary Cahill (CB)

Cahill could take the place of Antonio Rudiger and lead the Blues from the back.

Andreas Christensen (CB)

The youngster should partner Cahill at the back, just as he did in the Europa League.

Emerson (LB)

The Italian was impressive against BATE Borisov and he should return to the line-up for this fixture.

Mateo Kovacic

Mateo Kovacic (RCM)

The Croatian’s distribution has been excellent and his willingness to work without the ball has been impressive. Should start this game.

Cesc Fabregas (CM)

Fabregas could sit in his preferred role and dictate the play from the middle of the park.

Ross Barkley (LCM)

The former Everton midfielder is finally living up to the hype. He should continue in the midfield.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (RW)

The youngster will definitely want to take this chance and impress the manager. He has been in terrific form and should continue the same.

Olivier Giroud (ST)

Giroud almost found the net against the Clarets and looked lively after coming on. He will be aiming to get one against Derby County.

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Willian (LW)

With Hazard out, Willian might continue on the left wing.

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