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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 BT2

MOL Vidi v Chelsea

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • helsea have won their two Europa away games by one goal
Expert verdict
Group L winners Chelsea will have no desire to send a strong team to Hungary to face MOL Vidi and that may enable the hosts to upset the odds. Vidi put in a respectable display in losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and have since won two of their Europa League matches to give themselves a chance.