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Chelsea vs Wimbledon betting tips: Carabao Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

Chelsea vs Wimbledon odds and betting statistics

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Chelsea vs Wimbledon match preview

Can Wimbledon cause a huge upset at Stamford Bridge?

This’ll be a first meeting between these two clubs since 2000, the year the Dons were relegated from the Premier League, while their last away victory over Chelsea came in 1996, prevailing 4-2.

A repeat of that scoreline would send shockwaves around the globe.

That’s because Wimbledon have endured a torrid couple of seasons, relegated from League One in 2022 before almost going down again last season, eventually finishing 21st in League Two.

Right now though, Johnnie Jackson’s side are flying high in the fourth-tier, sat fifth, despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Forest Green Rovers at Plough Lane on Saturday.

The Dons knocked out Coventry City in round one, and their rewards is this glamour London derby.

To say this victory was much-needed for Mauricio Pochettino’s team would be an understatement, given that the Blues had won just five of their previous 31 Premier League outings.

It was also the first time since 13 May they’d scored more than once in a league fixture, last netting thrice at home in a match on 8 October.

As a European representative, Chelsea almost never feature in the Carabao Cup’s second round, so haven’t fallen at this stage since 1995, reaching seven finals, winning four them, subsequently.

This fact surely won’t change here, will it?

Chelsea team news

Mauricio Pochettino obviously had a big squad, but also has a ridiculously long injury list, this led to a very youthful substitutes bench against Luton on Friday.

Right now, Reece James, Benoît Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah, Mykhailo Mudryk, Carney Chukwuemeka, Christopher Nkunku and Armando Broja are all sidelined.

Nevertheless, Pochettino is likely to heavily rotate, including in goal, where Đorđe Petrović is likely to make his debut, having arrived from New England Revolution for an MLS-record fee.

Ian Maatsen, Lesley Ugochukwu and Mason Burstow, who all came on against Luton, will be hoping for starts here.

One of many new signings Roméo Lavia could be in line for his debut, while will Malang Sarr, who Pochettino seemingly has never even heard of, be involved?

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Petrović; Gusto, Humphreys, Disasi, Maatsen; Lavia, Ugochukwu, Gallagher; Madueke, Burstow, Deivid.

Wimbledon team news

No such wholesale rotation for Johnnie Jackson’s team, not that this is even an option for a side with one of the more modest budgets in League Two.

James Tilley is AFC Wimbledon’s top-scorer so far this season, having netted four times in five league appearances.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Bass; Lewis, Ogundere, Johnson, Brown; Tilley, Reeves, Little, Neufville; Al-Hamadi, Bugiel.

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