Abraham starts, Giroud benched as Chelsea line up for Ajax test

Abraham starts, Giroud benched as Chelsea line up for Ajax test

Premier League side Chelsea is set to take on hosts Ajax in a Champions League Group H encounter on Wednesday 23rd starting from 7:55 PM EAT. 

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has named his starting XI ahead of their away tricky trip in the Netherlands with Kepa Arrizabalaga starting in between sticks and will be covered by Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori at the back. Striker Olivier Giroud is set to start from the bench with Lampard trusting Tammy Abraham to lead the attack.  

Mateo Kovacic is the one Chelsea change from the weekend win over Newcastle, replacing Ross Barkley who was ruled out of tonight's game after limping off on Saturday.

Billy Gilmour makes the bench in his absence, with N'Golo Kante also still missing, while Emerson is also fit enough to make the squad for the first time in a month.

Livescore: Ajax vs Chelsea 

Ajax XI: Onana, Dest, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico, Alvarez, Van de Beek, Martinez, Ziyech, Tadic, Promes.

Subs: Varela, Schurrs, Neres, Huntelaar, Mazraoui, De Jong, Marin.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Willian.

Subs: Caballero, James, Emerson, Gilmour, Pulisic, Giroud, Batshuayi.