Chelsea vs BATE Borisov : The Europa League Chelsea will look to make it three wins from three matches in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday when they host BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea welcome Belarusian club BATE Borisov to Stamford Bridge on Thursday night to play them in a Europa League Group L encounter.
As they prepare to play BATE Borisov, we have picked the best Chelsea XI to take the field on Thursday night. They will line up in a 4-3-3 formation. After two matches played, and two narrow yet at times dominant 1-0 victories, against PAOK and Vidi FC, Chelsea sit atop Group L of the Europa League. With another victory, the Blues could just about wrap up the group stage, and have one foot in the knockout rounds already.
Chelsea team news: Eden Hazard is out with a sore back, thanks to an unpunished scissor tackle by Ashley Young (thanks, Mike Dean). Sarri’s only hoping to have him back for the weekend. Ethan Ampadu is also out, still nursing the knee injury he picked up while playing for Wales.
BATE Borisov team news: This is BATE’s fourth time in the Europa League group stage and their second straight. They failed in Champions League qualifying, a pair of wins over HJK Helsinki and Qarabağ offset by losses in both legs against PSV Eindhoven (2-3 at home followed by 0-3 away). Last season they finished bottom of their Europa League group, garnering just five points from six matches against Crvena Zvezda, Arsenal and Köln.
Alyaksey Baha has been their head coach only since June, but he served the previous seven seasons as assistant. Baha was promoted to replace Oleg Dulub, who was sacked after just 150 days in charge. Dulub, who had been “mired” in poor results (just 1 win in 4 in all competitions for the powerhouse club) was the first, and as it turned out,