Time to qualify for the next round.
Chelsea play Bate in Minsk on Thursday as they look to qualify for the next round of the Europa League ahead of schedule. The game should pretty much be similar to the rest of the Europa League and Cup games as fringe players and youth players should be given a chance to shine.
Bate played well in the last game but Chelsea should have enough and once again the hope is that Sarri plays Ampadu, and Hudson-Odoi ahead of the likes of Willian. An early qualification would mean that Sarri could play these players without any collateral damage and so give them some highly needed game time.
Chelsea Team Preview
Morata, and Fabregas remain at home as Sarri decided to give Morata a rest while Fabregas is suffering with some minor problem. The rest of the players do travel to Minsk. The hope is that Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu will start but the more likely scenario is that they will feature from the bench with Willian and Pedro getting starts.
Starting XI Prediction
Time to put the Europa League group stage to bed. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!