Derby County - League Cup - 31 October 2018

Derby County - League Cup - 31 October 2018

Tomori and Richard Keogh scored own goals for Derby, who fought back on both occasions through Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn, before Cesc Fabregas' 41st-minute strike proved to be the victor.

Derby found themselves behind again before half-time, as Cesc Fabregas netted much to the annoyance of the visitors who felt there was a foul in the build-up.

Chelsea legend and Derby boss Frank Lampard has declared Blues' play-maker Eden Hazard as the best in form player in the world at the moment.

Davide Zappacosta has played just six minutes in the Premier League but could be rewarded with a fourth start of the season, with his other three all coming in the Europa League.

A hero's welcome awaited Frank Lampard as he strode back into the club where he ranks as a legendary figure, and the Derby County coach came close to causing Chelsea a Halloween nightmare.

Lampard's side were able to win the ball high up the pitch and produce direct possession to their pacey wingers, who caused all kinds of problems for Chelsea's second string defence.

"The defenders had more time, but they weren't as sharp as normal", he said.

Despite the gulf in stature of recent times, Derby and Chelsea have had a fairly equal record in their past meetings.

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The Blues have given Derby permission to field on-loan duo Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

Willy Caballero's sole appearance for the Blues this season came during Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the third round of his competition. But, thankfully, the draw for the quarter-finals will occur directly following Chelsea's game against Derby County on Sky Sports, live from Stamford Bridge.

Attack: Chelsea are set to be without Eden Hazard once again as the Belgian global is still nursing a back injury that's seen him miss the last two games.

Predicted Derby County XI: Carson; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Forsyth; Wilson, Huddlestone; Waghorn, Mount, Lawrence; Nugent.

Ross Barkley seized his chance to shine in Hazard's absence and scored a goal as well as making two assists in a 4-0 win against Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is now enjoying the best goalscoring spell of his career, netting in two consecutive games for the first time.

Had Lampard's own charges not been undermined by a self-destructive habit of scoring own goals - there were two here to add to one from Saturday - then they might even have prevailed, so busy was their football.

The 27-year-old was forced to sit out Chelsea FC's 3-1 victory over BATE Borisov in their Europa League clash in west London as Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted his first hat-trick for the club.

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