Chelsea who have attempted the most shots in the Europa League thus far (73) while conceding the least in the competition (15) will be set to unleash their firepower on Bate Borisov tonight as coach Sarri has given a tip on what is starting eleven will look like.
The Chelsea boss will be looking to rest key players for the weekend matchup against Everton. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the hero last time out against BATE Borisov and deserves to start as Olivier Giroud is expected to return to action .
A possible defensive pairing of Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri, with Davide Zappacosta rounding out the defence will most likely be on display tonight as the coach as rested David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso ahead of Sunday’s clash with Everton.
Cesc Fabregas has flu and will most likely not feature against BATE Borisov. Jorginho should be the obvious choice, especially with Ampadu doubtful as well.
They are insinuations that Sarri might pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante in midfield, something that will not be according to his philosophy.
Olivier Giroud is an undisputed starter, with Pedro guaranteed also to start after his impressive performances recently. The other spot should go to Willian, with Eden Hazard likely to come on to get some minutes under his belt before the tie against Everton while Alvaro Morata is rested for the tie.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Willian
For Bate Borisov , Vladislav Malkovich and Vladislav Mukhamedov are sidelined for the fixture. Apart from that, we should see BATE Borisov retain their entire back four. Aleksey Rios, Aleksandar Filipovic, Egor Filipenko and Maksim Volodjko will make up the defence.
Interestingly, BATE Borisov are expected to be more expressive than they were at Stamford Bridge. Thus, the home side might deploy a 4-3-3 formation.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Scherbitskiy; Rios, Filipovic, Filipenko, Volodjko; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Signevich, Stasevich.