33-year-old to star in young Chelsea side

We’ve got another night of not very interesting Carling Cup action tonight, with only a West London derby to really grab our attention.

33-year-old to star in young Chelsea side

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September 21st, 2011

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Fulham make the short journey down the King’s Road to take on what is likely to be a Chelsea side that probably contain lots of players who have never played for Chelsea’s first team before, and probably will never play for the first team again.

Indeed, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says that Roman Abramovich has specifically told him to “blood the youngsters” in the Carling Cup, so 33-year-old Didier Drogba is set to start for only the second time this season.

He’s likely to be joined by the likes of Josh McEachran, Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand in the Chelsea side to face a Fulham team that is still looking for its first win against English opposition.

Although Martin Jol has had a tough start to life at the Cottage, he’s likely to rest Danny Murphy and Brede Hangeland for this largely meaningless derby in this largely meaningless cup competition.

But away with the negativity. Following last night’s successful tip in the Leeds vs Man Utd match (we’ll ignore our support of Millwall), we’re looking for a wager tonight and why not back Didier to be the top Drog? You can get 4/1 with Bet365 on the Chelsea striker getting the first goal and with Chelsea’s other striker currently hiding from internet ridicule, we’d like to think that Didier will take his moment in the limelight.

Elsewhere, Brighton will take on Liverpool in glorious Sky 3D at the AMEX Stadium but we’re inclined to stay away from backing an upset here.

Don’t get us wrong, Brighton have looked useful now that they are back in the Championship and if any fixture on the card shouts “upset” it’s probably this one.

Gus Poyet’s men sit third in the Championship table after seven games and are unbeaten at their new home, but we’re not writing off Liverpool.

Their previous match in this competition against Exeter showed that King Kenny is actually showing this competition a degree of respect, what with the Anfield trophy cabinet being quite bare of late, so don’t expect a team packed with youngsters and aging reserves. If we thought that Dalglish would treat this cup with the disdain that the big club’s did, we’d be taking the 26/5 on offer about a Brighton success. Instead, we’re going to back the visitors to overcome the handicap of -1 at 6/4 with Ladbrokes.

Our picks:

Chelsea v Fulham: Didier Drogba to score first @ 4/1

Brighton HA v Liverpool: Liverpool -1 @ 6/4

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