Former Chelsea vice-captain Frank Lampard will return to his old home of Stamford Bridge for the first time as manager on Wednesday, when his Derby side face the Blues in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Lampard's team will be eager to complete another upset after knocking out Manchester United at Old Trafford in the previous round on penalties, while Maurizio Sarri has taken to life in England with Chelsea with ease – as the team have yet to taste defeat.
|Game||Chelsea vs Derby|
|Date||Wednesday, October 31|
|Time||7:45pm BST / 3:45pm EST|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will only by livestreamed on ESPN+.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and streamed via Sky GO.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports||Sky GO|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Kepa, Caballero, Bulka|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri|
|Midfielders||Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Kovacic, Willian, Loftus-Cheek|
|Forwards||Moses, Giroud, Morata, Hudson-Odoi|
Pedro is on the bench for the Carabao Cup clash after being forced off the pitch on Sunday with a stomach problem.
Chelsea XI: Caballero; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Fabregas, Kovacic; Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Willian
|Defenders||Tomori, Keogh, Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Bogle, Malone|
|Midfielders||Forsyth, Bryson, Wilson, Mount, Johnson, Evans, Holmes, Ledley, Bird, Huddlestone|
|Forwards||Waghorn, Jozefzoon, Marriott, Winnall, Benett, Nugent|
Chelsea loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomoro are both starting against their parent club after the Blues gave Derby special permission allowing them to feature.
Derby XI: Carson; Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone; Huddlestone, Lawrence; Waghorn, Mount, Wilson; Marriott.
Betting & Match Odds
Chelsea are priced at odds of 2/7 to win according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 5/1. A win for Derby is priced at 11/1.
Two on-loan Derby youngsters have been granted permission to play against the Blues, their parent club, in the fourth round of the competition at Stamford Bridge.
The duo have been in fine form for Lampard's side so far this season, with Mount scoring five goals in all competitions, including in the first two rounds of the Carabao Cup, and Tomori scoring in the 2-0 win against Oldham Athletic.
The defender has made one senior appearance for the Blues, playing 30 minutes in a 2016 draw against Leicester City, while Mount has yet to play for the first team – and both players are relishing the opportunity to face their parent side.
Mount said: "It is a weird feeling, we spoke about it, we didn't think we would be able to play, but we're looking forward to it.
"It's a game you want to play in but it does have a weird feeling because that's our parent club and we're playing against them, so it's different, but we're definitely ready for it."
Despite Derby's heroics against Manchester United, Chelsea are still favourites to progress in the tie, with Sarri's men sporting an unbeaten record this season – sitting third in the league table and having beaten Liverpool at Anfield in the previous round.