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Chelsea should have too much quality for BATE
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.
Chelsea to win to nil