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PREVIEW: Derby v Chelsea

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s not that long ago that Chelsea v Derby was a regular top flight fixture and the way Derby are going in the Championship this season it might well again be soon enough.

They have made a solid start to the season – but were knocked off top spot at the weekend when losing to Middlesbrough and are now in third.

Such is the financial pressure on promotion from Championship to Premier League that you would think Derby boss Steve McClaren is unlikely to have too many sleepless nights if his side exit the Capital One Cup tonight – especially when Chelsea are the visitors.

Of course with a punting hat on, you could also make exactly the same argument about Chelsea who are about to embark on a run of six games in just 20 days.

Bottom line though is a sub-strength Chelsea side should still be way good enough to see off a sub-strength Derby side which, in effect, is what we might be talking about.

Derby County v Chelsea
Capital One Cup Quarter Final
7.45pm LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Jan 2014 FA Cup Derby 0-2 Chelsea
Mar 2008 Premier Chelsea 6-1 Derby
Nov 2007 Premier Derby 0-2 Chelsea
Mar 2002 Premiership Chelsea 2-1 Derby
Oct 2001 Premiership Derby 1-1 Chelsea
Apr 2001 Premiership Derby 0-4 Chelsea
Dec 2000 Premiership Chelsea 4-1 Derby
May 2000 Premiership Chelsea 4-0 Derby
Oct 1999 Premiership Derby 3-1 Chelsea
May 1999 Premiership Chelsea 2-1 Derby

Chelsea (-1) on the three way handicap look a good bet at around 5/4 with Star Sports.

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