Chelsea 3-2 Bristol Rovers, League Cup

Wael Al-Qadi

Wael Al-Qadi

While there have been defensive issues for Chelsea, they should not face many problems against the team who are now languishing in the 18th position in the third tier of English football.

Second choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will be given the nod ahead of regular Thibaut Courtois.

"Very serious, very professional performance by my side", said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who added that second-half injuries to Emre Can and Origi were not serious. This would be Michy Batshuayi's first start for the club since his big money move from Marseille.

Chelsea team (from): Begovic, Baxter, Miazga, Aina, da Silva, Kane, Moses, Mikel, Chalobah, Kante, Atsu, Pedro, Bamford, Moses, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi.

"This season every trophy is important, whether it's the League Cup, FA Cup or Premier League".

The club won promotion to the division in May, but Rovers have since lost two games, drawn another and won just once since the campaign began.

The Blues have won their last eight League Cup ties against lower-ranked opposition since losing on penalties to Burnley in November 2008.

Bristol Rovers named an unchanged eleven against Southend United.

Having struck a late victor in their opener against West Ham, Conte's team were forced to dig even deeper as they came from behind to collect three points at Watford - thanks largely to the contribution of Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi from the bench.

The bad is giving away a poor goal on a set piece and then another cheap one via a penalty kick that was all started by a Chelsea corner. Naturally, a victory from this trip to the Stamford Bridge is a lot to ask for from the underdogs.

Key players: Hazard will be the key to success for the Premier League giants.

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