EFL Cup betting tips: Derby manager Frank Lampard will be looking to claim another Premier League scalp when he takes on his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Derby
Lampard has taken to managerial life effortlessly since his appointment at Derby in the summer. The Rams sit sixth in the Championship and just four points off the top spot.
The former England and Chelsea midfielder had every reason to be disappointed not to have taken all three points from Middlesbrough last time out as a late own goal meant they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
But they dominated at the Riverside Stadium and before that they beat league leaders Sheffield United at home and thrashed title challengers West Brom 4-1 at The Hawthorns.
County also knocked out Premier League giants Manchester United in the last round, but a trip to Stamford Bridge will be a whole different challenge for Lampard.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 14 matches (W11 D3) since losing in the Community Shield to Manchester City in their opening game of the season.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has heavily rotated his team for games in the Europa League and EFL Cup but has still managed to win all four games, including a 2-1 triumph away at Liverpool in the last round.
He’s expected to rest a number of key players again this time round but should still have enough quality to avoid a shock against Derby. But the visitors should still put up a fight.
West Ham vs Tottenham
West Ham saw their long list of absentees for the Tottenham game increased after captain Mark Nobile was shown a straight red in their 1-1 draw with Leicester on Saturday.
The Hammers were fortunate to take a point from the Foxes and have goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to thank for that.
It made it three games without a win for Manuel Pellegrini’s men following 1-0 defeats to Spurs and Brighton in the Premier League.
And Tottenham will be hoping to avoid the same fate at the London Stadium having drawn to PSV 2-2 and lost 1-0 to Manchester City on Monday night at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino had the likes of Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli on the bench against City but could rejuvenate his starting line-up with the trio against West Ham.
Tottenham have already beaten West Ham at the London Stadium this season and we think they can do it again at tempting odds of 29/20 with Novibet.
Arsenal vs Blackpool
Arsenal saw their 11-match winning streak come to an end on Saturday as a late penalty saw Crystal Palace salvage a point in a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.
The Gunners have been superb going forwards this season, with a joint-second best 24 goals in the Premier League, but Unai Ermy’s men have more than struggled at the back.
They’ve kept just four clean sheets in their 14 games across all competitions this season, with each match seeing an average of 3.6 goals.
The north London side rested a number of first-team players when they thrashed Championship side Brentford in the last round and should do the same again against an inconsistent Blackpool.
Terry McPhillips’ men sit 12th in League One and have been poor on the road this season. Of their eight games away from Bloomfield Road, they’ve won just twice (W2 D4 L2).