Thursday evening, at 17:55, Chelsea moves to Borisov Arena in Belarus to play against BATE, a band he defeated with a definite 3-0 on his own. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s “Hattrick” brought the success of the Londoners, who come with the basics in this move, to solve the equation of qualification in group L. Not all ordinary players will play.
Maurizio Sarri does not want to complicate the group with the wrong move to Borisov, where Chelsea comes without Olivier Giroud. In the absence of the French, the Londoners will attack on the flanks by Pedro and Willian, but it is possible that in the first 11 Loftus-Cheek, the hero of the tour, will again take his place. Hazard entered the reserve in the Crystal Palace championship game (3-1) and could be redeemed. Because of his back problems, the Belgian is not ready to play 90 minutes, especially as the Borisov court is quite difficult, and the hosts play a rather aggressive game. BATE has 3 points, like MOL Vidi and PAOK Thessaloniki, while Chelsea has reached 9 points.
BATE Borisov has 3 consecutive wins in the championship.
The match has a major importance for the hosts, who will cling to the draw! Chelsea is still unbeaten this season and impressed in the past month, even though BATE has positive results. With three non-runners due to medical problems, BATE hoped to win a home draw after he had “warmed” in the championship against Gomel (1-0), Brest (3-1) and Neman Grodno (1 -0). Without impressing technically, BATE Borisov can be a difficult opponent who will try to limit the creativity of the guests.
In the last four official matches, Chelsea has scored three goals (13 goals in total) three times, but has also won from BATE (3-1), Derby County (3-2) and Crystal Palace (3-1) . The tournament was decided quite quickly, because the Londoners led 2-0 on Stamford Bridge after just 8 minutes, and Loftus-Cheek completed his trip right after the break. Against the backdrop of relaxing the hosts, BATE scored the goal of honor in the away, with his only one on the gate. But, having the advantage of their own land, the Belarusians could be even more dangerous in the second hand!
CHELSEA PROBABIL TEAM: Kepa – Zappacosta, Cahill, Christiansen, Emerson – Kovacic, Fabregas, Barkley – Moses, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro
PREDICTION: Chelsea to win @ 1.40