Chelsea has won their first three Europa League group stage matches and are the runaway leaders in Group L, six points clear of the chasing pack. A win on Thursday will secure a place in the next round.
BATE Borisov are bottom of the group but level on points with the other two teams. They are only bottom due to an inferior goal difference.
BATE Borisov still have a good chance of making the knockout stage of the competition and their objective should be to keep this a low-scoring match.
BATE Borisov- Vladislav Malkevich and Vladislav Mukhamedov remain sidelined for BATE Borisov ahead of Thursday’s welcome of Chelsea. Place bet on Live Events 24/7
Chelsea- Olivier Giroud missed Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace but Maurizio Sarri expects the Frenchman to return against BATE Borisov. Ethan Ampadu is the only other injury concern for Chelsea.
Eden Hazard came off the bench against Palace after suffering from a back injury in recent weeks and could get some minutes under his belt on Thursday night.
Cesc Fabregas has a fever and may not feature, meaning Ampadu could start for Chelsea. Jorginho is the obvious choice, however.
David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Alvaro Morata have been given the night off by Sarri.
Chelsea has won their last 6 matches in Europa League.
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