Chelsea host Krasnodar in an inconsequential Champions League fixture on Tuesday with guaranteed top spot and Krasnodar knocked out to Europa League. Both clubs come on the back of an important win against Sevilla and Stade Rennais respectively.
Chelsea one of the in-form teams at the moment outclassed Sevilla in their previous match. With Olivier Giroud running riot in a 4-0 thumping. As the qualification is guaranteed and festive fixtures coming in.
It is most likely that Frank Lampard will rotate his squad and give much-deserved playtime for younger players.
Chelsea vs FC Krasnodar: Lifeline for Kepa?
Kepa Arizzabalaga joined Chelsea in a world-record fee for a goalkeeper. But it hasn’t been a smooth ride for Kepa in London. After a poor 2019-20 season, he has lost his spot to the new signing Edouard Mendy.
Speaking before the match, Frank Lampard has confirmed Kepa will start the match for the first time since a 3-3 draw against Southampton.
Kepa’s been very supportive with Edu. What I see is someone who is supporting him, and training really well which is the main thing I look at. They have to push each other, and I see that. His reaction has been spot on.– Frank Lampard on Kepa
Head To Head:
Matchday 2 was the first time, both teams faced each other. Chelsea beat Krasnodar 4-0 in Russia. Hudson Odoi, Werner, Ziyech, and Pulisic scored in a dominant performance.
Chelsea Form: W-W-D-W-W FC Krasnodar Form: W-W-L-L-W
Chelsea vs FC Krasnodar Key Stats:
Chelsea have a 100 percent record against Russian opposition in the UEFA Champions League, winning each of their five such games with an aggregate scoreline of 13-1.
Victory for Chelsea on Tuesday would give them their highest-ever points tally in a single Champions League group stage (16). They would become just the fourth English team to gather such a high total after Arsenal in 2005/06, Manchester United in 2007/08, and Tottenham Hotspur in 2017/18.
Manager Frank Lampard brushed aside Billy Gilmour rumors and expects him to start against Krasnodar.
Billy will start tomorrow. I value him a lot in this squad. You can say we have a lot of options in this squad but that can quickly change as you’ve seen with the winger situation. So I don’t want to think about that [Gilmour leaving on loan] until the window opens.”– Frank Lampard on Billy Gilmour
Chelsea Predicted XI
Chelsea vs FC Krasnodar Predictions:
Even though Chelsea will play a completely different team from a 3-1 victory against Leeds, Chelsea are expected to dominate the game.
Chelsea 4-0 FC Krasnodar
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