Charlie Nicholas states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Derby

The Arsenal legend is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a 2-0 win over Derby County on Wednesday night

Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Chelsea FC to ease to a 2-0 win over Frank Lampard’s Derby County side in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.

The Blues will be looking to continue their excellent progress in the cup competitions under new manager Maurizio Sarri in the current campaign.

The west London outfit were 2-1 winners against Liverpool FC in the third round at Anfield after goals from Emerson Palmieri and Eden Hazard cancelled out Daniel Sturridge’s opener.

Chelsea FC have also beaten PAOK, Vidi FC and BATE Borisov in their opening three Europa League fixtures to prove Sarri’s second string is capable of matching the first-team’s performances in the league.

The Blues were resounding 4-0 winners against Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the Premier League clash.

Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a manager will naturally lead to talk of a potential upset for the Championship side in the English capital.

Derby managed to beat Manchester United on penalties in the third round after the Rams drew 2-2 with Jose Mourinho’s side after 90 minutes at Old Trafford.

However, former Arsenal playmaker Nicholas has ruled out Derby causing an upset at Stamford Bridge, predicting that the Blues will secure a 2-0 win in the Carabao Cup.

“It’ll be an emotional return for Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge but only to a certain point as he’s got a job to do and he’s the kind of guy that’ll be as professional as you can be,” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “He’ll be solely focused on getting another big result here, don’t you worry about that.

“He’s got some great youngsters there like Mason Mount from Chelsea, who can play against his own team, and Harry Wilson from Liverpool, but I think this one is just a step too far for them with the likes of Olivier Giroud and Cesc Fabregas getting a run out.”

Chelsea FC are in third place in the Premier League table and two points adrift of Manchester City and Liverpool FC after 10 games.

Sarri’s side will welcome London rivals Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon in pursuit of an eighth win of the league campaign.

The former Napoli manager took over the reins from his compatriot in the summer after Antonio Conte led Chelsea FC to FA Cup glory in May thanks to a 1-0 win over Manchester United.

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