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Chelsea should have too much quality for BATE

Europa League
BT Sport 2, 8pm Thursday

Chelsea have been making hard work of a weak Europa League section but can follow up 1-0 wins over PAOK and MOL Vidi with a more convincing victory against BATE Borisov.

Eden Hazard and Jorginho are among the players held back for Sunday’s trip to Burnley but BATE are still up against a team packed with quality.

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The Belarusian champions had a mixed start to the group, winning 2-0 away to MOL Vidi and losing 4-1 at home to PAOK, and need some points from the next two clashes with Chelsea to have a credible chance of progressing.

However, they lost 6-0 at Arsenal on their last visit to the capital in December 2017 and may be heading for a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge.


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Match in Focus

17:55 TODAY BT S

Valencia v Celtic

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • Valencia have drawn four of their last five games
Expert verdict
Having taken control of this tie with a 2-0 victory at Celtic Park, Valencia are likely to adopt a defensive approach to secure their progress and should be happy to settle for a draw. Celtic will have to play on the front foot, but breaking down a team who have lost only twice at home this season looks beyond them.