Chelsea began their EFL Cup campaign early, going into the second round, because there was no football in Europe. The Blues had a difficult start as they had to overcome a goal deficit to defeat AFC Wimbledon 2-1. Although Mauricio Pochettino did not enjoy the same level of success, Chelsea eliminated Brighton, a Premier League team, in the third round as well. The Blues are vying for their first trophy since the 2022 Club World Cup and haven’t triumphed over Tottenham under Pochettino in the EFL Cup since 2015.

In contrast, Blackburn has only ever won the EFL Cup once, defeating Tottenham in the final in 2002. However, they are presently positioned midtable in the Championship, a far way from those magnificent heights. Blackburn, a Championship team, had to win three games in order to advance in the EFL Cup after entering in the first round. They defeated Walsall 4-3 in the first round before destroying Harrogate Town 8-0 in the second. They defeated Cardiff City 5-2 the previous time out, but Swansea broke their winning streak of three games in all competitions over the weekend.

The data that informs our Chelsea vs. Blackburn predictions: This season, Chelsea has given up in six of their eight home games.
In six of their last eight away games, Blackburn has scored.
In five of Chelsea’s eight home games this season, they have given up the first goal.
Blackburn’s Sammie Szmodics has seven goals so far this year.

This season, Chelsea’s performance at Stamford Bridge has been abhorrent. This season, the Blues have only triumphed in three of their eight home games; the other two came against Wimbledon and Brighton in the EFL Cup. Chelsea has also given up the first goal in five of their eight home games, including their second-round matchup with Wimbledon.

Team news for Chelsea vs. Blackburn
Mykhailo Mudryk is among the many players Chelsea still lacks, but Enzo Fernandez should be able to make a comeback.
Blackburn has a fully-fit roster to select from, with captain Lewis Travis expected to start after missing the previous two games due to injury.

Chelsea vs. Blackburn previous meeting results
Premier League: Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn, May 13, 2012
Blackburn 0-1 on November 5, 2011 Premier League team Chelsea
Premier League: Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn, January 15, 2011
Blackburn, October 30, 2010 1–2. Premier League team Chelsea
March 21, 2010: Blackburn 1, Premier League team Chelsea
In their last five encounters with Blackburn, Chelsea has gone undefeated (four victories and one tie).In actuality, Rovers have only triumphed once in their previous 15 meetings with the Blues (12 loses and 2 draws). But that victory occurred in their most recent EFL Cup match.

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