Qarabag FK vs Chelsea : UEFA Champions League Match Preview
Chelsea can confirm their place in the Champions League knockout stage by beating Qarabag on Tuesday.
The Azerbaijan outfit were thrashed 6-0 when these two teams met in September but hold their own very faint hopes of a last-16 place after holding Atletico Madrid to back-to-back draws.
Antonio Conte is unlikely to rotate, especially with Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda still sidelined, but David Luiz will be hoping for a reprieve after being left out of Chelsea’s previous two games.
Match Details :
Date : Wednesday, November 22.
Time : 17:00 BST/ 22:30 IST
Venue : Baku National Stadium.
TV Broadcast : BT Sport 2(UK)/ Sony Ten Network (India)
Live Streaming Link : www.Ronaldo7.net
Team News :
Qarabag FK :
Conte fumes over ‘abnormal’ Chelsea fixture list
Qarabag welcome back Dino Ndlovu from a one-game ban, but will have to make do without Pedro Henrique who is suspended.
David Luiz could play a part after returning to the Chelsea squad at the weekend, though has not played since the 3-0 loss to Roma amid reports of a bust-up with Antonio Conte.
The game may come too soon for Victor Moses, who is struggling with a hamstring injury, while Michy Batshuayi and Charly Musonda are sidelined.
Predicted line-ups :
Qarabag starting XI: Sehic, Medvedev, Huseynov, Sadiqov, Rzezniczak; Qarayev; Elyounoussi, Almeida, Michel, Guerrier; Ndlovu
Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard
Head to Head Records :
Chelsea and Qarabag have met just once before, on matchday one of this season’s Champions League when the Blues ran out convincing 6-0 winners.