Chelsea vs Krasnodar: Team news, predicted line-up, score predictions and more - preview

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Chelsea vs Krasnodar: Team news, predicted line-up, score predictions and more - preview

Team News: (via Sky Sports)

Chelsea: Frank Lampard has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will miss the clash against Krasnodar after picking up a hamstring issue against Leeds. 

Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi has also picked up a hamstring injury in training and will miss the game. 

All other players are available to Lampard, however, with 1st spot already secured, we’re likely to see a heavily rotated XI take the field on Tuesday evening. 

Billy Gilmour is set to start for Chelsea for the first time since picking up a knee injury in July. 

Krasnodar: Defenders Dmitriy Stotskiy and Sergey Petrov are set to be the only injury absentees for the Russian outfit. 

Krasnodar themselves have little to play for after sealing the 3rd spot and Europa League qualification by beating Rennes last week, and may also look to rotate their squad.

Stats to know (via Opta):

  • Chelsea's only previous meeting with FK Krasnodar came on matchday 2, when the Blues won 4-0.
  • Chelsea own a 100% record against Russian opposition in the Champions League, winning each of the 5 games by an aggregate score of 13-1.
  • Victory for Chelsea would give them their highest ever points total in a single Champions League group stage (16).
  • FK Krasnodar picked up their first Champions League victory last time out, beating Rennes 1-0 thanks to a Marcus Berg goal.

Predicted line-up:

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson, Jorginho, Kovacic, Gilmour, Mount, Abraham, Pulisic

Predictions: 

Ben Knapton, Sportsmole: Chelsea 3-0 Krasnodar 

“This game means very little for both teams who are already assured of their places in the group, and Krasnodar can therefore afford to play without fear when they make the long journey to the English capital. However, even with numerous changes, Chelsea should still have too much firepower for the Russian side and we are backing Lampard's men to march to another convincing victory in Europe.”

Ben McAleeer, WhoScored: Chelsea 3-1 Krasnodar

“Chelsea guaranteed a first placed finish in Group E in fine fashion last week as they demolished Sevilla, securing a 4-0 win in Spain. Krasnodar, meanwhile, landed their Europa League spot with a 2-1 win over Rennes and will look to finish their debut Champions League group stage campaign with victory. Blues boss Frank Lampard is set to use a number of fringe players in midweek, but Chelsea have the strength in depth to secure all three points on Tuesday night.”

Quotes from the manager:

Frank Lampard (Chelsea): "[I want us] to gain more match fitness, hopefully no injuries. I want to see the right attitude.

"We had a nice period of clean sheets and knew that was a plus. Against Leeds we started brilliantly for a few minutes, but conceded. But we didn't change the plan and that is confidence on what we are doing."

What do you think the score will be on Tuesday? Comment below!

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