Chelsea are hoping to secure their first victory in the UEFA Champions League tomorrow, on a long trip to Russia. They will face Krasnodar, a very unpredictable team that had great results in the qualifiers.
A trip to Russia next for the Blues. 👊 pic.twitter.com/cBIERGj8oy— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 26, 2020
Here's where to place your bets.
Chelsea opened their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw at home to Sevilla, their first such result under Frank Lampard, as the Blues finally showed some solidity in defense.
They followed it up with another goalless draw in the Premier League, this time away to Manchester United, and Chelsea will be hopeful they can start turning the stalemates into wins starting with their trip to Russia.
But Krasnodar are no pushovers. In fact, they are currently top of Group E thanks to their 1-1 draw away to Rennes, leading thanks to their away goal.
Of course, that means very little after just one game, but it will give Krasnodar confidence ahead of Wednesday’s match against a former Champions League winner.
🔮 Likely starting XIs
Krasnodar Predicted XI (4-3-3): Matvei Safonov; Cristian Ramirez, Kaio Pantaleao, A. Martynovich, Igor Smolnikov; Tonny Vilhena, Yury Gazinsky, Danill Utkin; Remy Cabella, Marcus Berg, Ari
Chelsea predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Edouard Mendy; Reece James, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Ben Chilwell; Jorginho, N'Golo Kante; Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount; Timo Werner
🔑 Key facts
- This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between FK Krasnodar and Chelsea. The Russian side are unbeaten in their previous two games against English teams in all competitions (W1 D1), with both matches coming against Everton in the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League.
- Chelsea have won five of their six European encounters with Russian opponents (L1), winning all four UEFA Champions League outings.
- FK Krasnodar will compete in their first-ever home match in the UEFA Champions League – none of the previous six Russian sides won their first home game in the competition (D4 L2).
- Chelsea have lost just one of their last 11 away games in European competition (W7 D3), although lost their last away game versus Bayern Munich (1-4).
- FK Krasnodar have won their last three home games in all European competition, having been winless in their previous five (D2 L3).
- The last eight teams to face an English side in their first-ever UEFA Champions League home match have all lost, most recently Hoffenheim against Manchester City in 2018-19. The last side to avoid defeat were CFR Cluj vs Chelsea in October 2008, while the last to win were VfB Stuttgart vs Man Utd in October 2003.
- Chelsea mustered just six attempts on goal in their opening UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla this season, their fewest in a match in the competition since February 2015 vs PSG (2).
- Chelsea drew 0-0 with Sevilla on MD1 of this UEFA Champions League campaign – only in their debut season in the competition in 1999-00 have they failed to win either of their first two group stage games in a single campaign.
- Chelsea’s Kai Havertz has been involved in six goals in his last six games in European competition (4 goals, 2 assists), though he’s failed to register a single goal involvement in his nine UEFA Champions League appearances so far.
- All seven of Chelsea forward Timo Werner’s UEFA Champions League goals have come away from home, he’s the top scorer in the competition to have scored 100% of their goals on the road.
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