Champions League Match Preview : Chelsea vs Qarabag
The Champions of England will come back into the UEFA Champions League after one year on tuesday when they will play against Qarabag FK of Azerbaijan at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are welcoming one of the biggest surprise packages UCL q qualifiers had to offer. We are about to see what Qarabag has to offer on Stamford Bridge against Premier League champions. Chelsea is starting their Champions League campaign in the group stage. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the 8th finals by PSG. They had started their domestic campaign with a loss, but three wins followed, so they are currently the third-ranked. They are coming from a win away against Leicester City. Precisely from Leicester comes one of their most recent reinforcement, the midfielder Drinkwater, together with Zappacosta from Torino. They have been defeated three times at Stamford Bridge in the past two months, and this is a great opportunity for them to improve their home record. Qarabag entered the most prestigious competition by eliminating Kobenhavn in the play-offs round thanks to the away goal. Last year, Viktoria Plzen eliminated them in the 3rd qualifying round. They are coming from the third consecutive win in their domestic campaign. Currently, they are the second-ranked in Azerbaijan.
Match Details :
Date: Tuesday, 12th September 2017
Time : 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET/00:15 IST
Venue: Stamford Bridge.
TV Broadcast : BT Sports/ESPN (UK), Sony Ten 3(India)
Live Stream : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Chelsea : Antonio Conte will likely rotate his squad for the visit of the European minnows. Eden Hazard played his first domestic minutes of the season when coming on as a substitute against Leicester and could be afforded a start on Tuesday. Elsewhere, new signings Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater and Willy Caballero could all feature, while Willian will be looking for a return to the starting XI after dropping out at the weekend.
Qarabag : Qarabag will likely line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, with former Birmingham City midfielder Michel in midfield and Dino Ndlovu leading the line.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Caballero; Rudiger, Cahill, Christiansen; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard
Predicted Qarabag XI: Sehic; Medvedev, Rzezniczak, Huseynov, Agolli; Qarayev; Guerrier, Michel, Almeida, Madatov; Ndlovu
Chelsea vs Qarabag Head to Head Record :
This match is going to be their first head to head encounter ever.