Chelsea will look to clinch their knock out spot in the UEFA Europa League from Group L when they take on BATE for their away league fixture on Thursday.
Maurizio Sarri’s men have been ruthless this season as Chelsea stand undefeated throughout all competitions. Riding on Eden Hazard’s scintillating form, Chelsea will look to settle their group tomorrow against BATE. Sarri may not opt to play Hazard tomorrow though in order to give his key man some rest. He has also blocked the release of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January, which means the man who scored a hat-trick against BATE last time is one long term prospect for Sarri.
BATE have got everything to play for. They’re down to the bottom of group L but still have their hopes alive of making it through the knockouts. For that to happen, they’ll need to continue their league form into the European Stage and get the better of their giant English visitors.
When and Where?
The match will be played at BATE’s home ground, Borisov Arena, in Barysaw, Belarus with the kick-off scheduled for 8 November,2018 at 11:25 PM IST.
Where to watch CHE vs BTE Live?
The match will be broadcasted on Sony ESPN or Sony Ten2 and will be available for live stream on the Sony LIV app.
Chelsea FC: W W W W D
BATE Borisov: W W W L W
Chelsea FC Won – 1
BATE Borisov Won – 0
Drawn – 0
Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Marcos Alonso/Emerson; Kovacic, Fabregas/Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Giroud, Hazard
Scherbitski; Volodko, Filipovic, Filipenko, Rios; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Tuominen, Stasevich
Sarri will be pinning his hopes on Eden Hazard yet again and if he delivers, which he has been doing all season, BATE Borisov have got simply no chance against the blues. His pace and finishing skills will be too hot to handle for BATE’s defence irrespective of how resolute they stand.
He will be the hope bearer for BATE Borisov against the blues. If they’re to get something it has to come from Skavysh on that right hand flank. He will deliver pin point crosses which will trouble Chelsea.
Pretty straight forward this given the kind of form Chelsea are in. Of course, BATE Borisov will come hard at them but defeating Chelsea looks a far fetched reality for them now. Just like the odds, our prediction too calls it a win for Chelsea.