Cesc Fabregas Starts - Chelsea Team vs Derby Confirmed

Chelsea icon Frank Lampard claims Eden Hazard is better than Lionel Messi

Chelsea icon Frank Lampard claims Eden Hazard is better than Lionel Messi

League Cup - Follow the Football match between Chelsea and Derby County live with Eurosport.

Last time out fans had to wait until the following Saturday evening to find out the draw for the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that Chelsea fans have taken a swipe on former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who dumped the Blues for Real Madrid in the summer, after conceding five times against Barcelona in Sunday's El Clasico at the Camp Nou.

21' - OWN-GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Derby: Dear, oh dear! Playing 106 times in total so far, Chelsea have won 39 to Derby's 38 including eight of the past 10.

With Sarri likely to rest Eden Hazard, there should be a spot open for him. Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Ethan Ampadu are all set to miss the contest, unless they improve on the day of the game.

Although he hasn't featured much, Callum Hudson-Odoi is loved by Chelsea fans.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could start as a result and Mateo Kovacic could play to try to play himself into form.

Predicted Derby County XI: Carson; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Forsyth; Wilson, Huddlestone; Waghorn, Mount, Lawrence; Nugent. Now he's getting that freedom.

As former Chelsea and Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri looked on from the stands, there was a minute's applause before kick-off in tribute to Leicester's late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday. However, the Blues are confident Hazard will be fit to return against Palace at the weekend.

But the visitors played a full role in a frantic first half, looking sharp as they came forward and were back on level terms before Fabregas scored what turned out to be the decisive goal.

18+ only. Ts&Cs apply. Chelsea were a little more controlled after the break and the manager's substitutions helped.

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.

The England global has netted one goal and made two assists in the west London side's 3-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor at the weekend.

"Now it's back to the league".

Like Lampard, Zola is regarded as a Chelsea legend, and was at the club when the former England worldwide signed for £11 million from West Ham United in 2001.

Interestingly, now Derby manager Lampard scored four goals that day, but will be hoping for less of the same come Wednesday - though goals are a guarantee.

When the margins are so small at Chelsea right now, individual attributes are key and there's no competing when it comes to goals.

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