Derby County manager Frank Lampard will take on his former side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup tomorrow night.
Having knocked out Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round of the competition, the Rams travel to Stamford Bridge in search of their first win away at the five-time Premier League winners in 35 years.
Maurizio Sarri’s Blues currently sit third in the Premier League table and are the only professional side in England who remain unbeaten this term.
It won’t just be Lampard who will be returning to the Bridge, as current Chelsea youngsters Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are also on loan at Derby. Former Blues midfielder and under-18s manager Jody Morris, and ex-Chelsea fitness coach Chris Jones, both work as assistant coaches to Lampard at Pride Park.
With the two sides facing each other for the first time since they met in the fifth round of this competition in 2014, we have used WhoScored.com’s average match ratings from the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship to compile our own statistics-based combined team.
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) 6.67
Chelsea’s club-record signing has kept seven clean sheets across his 13 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this term.
The 24-year-old Spanish international has also conceded just eight goals, only one of which has been outside of the capital.
Kepa has made a total of 21 saves in the top-flight this season, one of which came from a shot from inside of the six-yard box.
His five shutouts in the league make him the third-highest rated goalkeeper in terms of clean sheets, only behind Brazilian duo, Ederson (Manchester City) and Alisson (Liverpool) by one.
Right wing-back: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) 7.01
Maurizio Sarri’s faith in giving Cesar Azpilicueta the captain’s armband for the opening 10 games of the league campaign has proved to be effective as they enter November’s league schedule unbeaten in the top-flight.
Azpilicueta, the second of four of Chelsea’s Spanish players to make our combined side, has made 19 tackles in the Premier League this term, the joint-highest total from any Blues player.
The full-back has made six blocks in the league, 50% more than the total managed by Chelsea’s next-highest defender.
He also has an assist in the league this term, creating Alvaro Morata’s 20th-minute strike against Arsenal in August.
Centre-back: Fikayo Tomori (Derby County) 6.98
It is fitting that one of the two Derby inclusions in our combined side is currently on loan at Derby from Chelsea.
Centre-back Tomori has been Derby’s highest-rated player in the Championship this season.
Tomori has completed 28 tackles, six more than any other Derby player.
The England Under-21s’ international has also made 68 clearances, one more than his centre-back partner and club captain, Richard Keogh.
Centre-back: David Luiz (Chelsea) 7.15
David Luiz sits in the middle of our back five after a stellar opening two-and-a-half months to the campaign.
The Brazilian has played in every minute of Chelsea’s league season so far, making him one of only five Blues players to do so.
His total of 675 completed passes is the third-highest of any Chelsea player and the fourth-most in the Premier League.
Luiz has also averaged one interception per match and is the only Blues player to have reached 10 interceptions for the current league season.
Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) 7.13
The Brazilian’s centre-back partner is Germany’s Antonio Rudiger; the duo have started together in all 10 of Chelsea’s league games.
He is one of the two Chelsea players that has completed more passes than Luiz, making 732 of his attempted 800. Only Jorginho (936) and Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte (766) have managed more.
WIth a total of 29 successful aerial duels in the league this term, Rudiger has won more six aerial battles than Chelsea’s next best player in this field, Luiz.
Rudiger also has a goal to his name, netting in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United earlier this month.
Left wing-back: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 7.27
Marcos Alonso’s renowned attacking presence from full-back has again been apparent this term, having scored once and creating two more in the league this term.
He also won penalties for Sarri’s side during away wins at Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United earlier in the season.
In Chelsea’s recent 4-0 demolition of Burnley at Turf Moor, Alonso’s blocked backheel led to Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first league goal for the club since April 2016.
Alonso’s continued form has earned him spots in Luis Enrique’s last two Spanish national team squads, a run he will hope to continue for their matches against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina next month.
Centre-midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 7.03
World Cup winner N’Golo Kante has also featured in every minute of top-flight football this season, despite returning from this summer’s tournament in Russia just a week before the Blues’ Premier League opener at Huddersfield.
Sarri’s system at Chelsea has seen Kante adapt into more of a box-to-box midfielder as opposed to a holding midfielder.
Kante has a goal and an assist in the league to his name, setting up Ross Barkley’s goal against the Clarets on Sunday and scoring the Blues’ opener against Huddersfield in August.
The Frenchman has also made 19 league tackles, a total only matched by Azpilicueta from the Chelsea squad this season.
Centre-midfield: Mason Mount (Derby County) 6.96
Derby’s other inclusion in our side is coincidentally Chelsea’s other young English talent currently in the East Midlands, Mason Mount.
The 19-year-old has scored three league goals this season, netting the Rams’ opening goal of the Championship season during their 2-1 win at Reading in the league’s opening match of the season.
Mount has made 35 key passes in the league, the joint-highest total in the Championship this season alongside Swansea City’s Bersant Celina and Sheffield United midfielder, Oliver Norwood.
He has also had 43 shots in England’s second-tier, nine more than any other Derby player.
Right-wing: Pedro (Chelsea) 7.01
The final member of the Spanish Blues’ quartet in our side is Champions League winner, Pedro.
He has netted three times in the league this season, making him the Blues’ joint-second top goalscorer in the league.
His goals against Huddersfield, Arsenal and Bournemouth helped Chelsea win all of their opening four Premier League matches this season.
Pedro is yet to score since the 1st of September, having missed a number of matches since then through injury.
False-nine: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 8.04
The Premier League’s current joint-top goalscorer and highest-rated performer is Chelsea’s Belgian wizard, Eden Hazard.
He has scored seven goals and provided three assists across his nine league appearances this season and has provided the most direct goal contributions (goals and assists) in the division.
Having netted five goals in four matches in September, including a hat-trick over Cardiff City, Hazard was named at September’s Premier League Player of the Month.
Hazard is one of only four players to have averaged a match rating of more than eight out of 10 in Europe’s top five leagues this term.
Left-wing: Willian (Chelsea) 7.38
Completing the side is Brazilian winger Willian, who netted his second league goal of the season during the convincing win over Burnley on Sunday.
The Brazilian has also scored in the Europa League, during the Blues’ 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika in Greece last month.
In the Premier League, Willian has made 28 key passes, the joint-most in the top-flight this season.
He has also completed 17 dribbles in the league, only Hazard has completed more out of the Chelsea side.