BATE Borisov vs Chelsea Preview: How to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Chelsea will make their first ever trip to Belarus to face BATE Borisov in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

The Blues defeated the Belarusian Premier League champions 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge and have the opportunity of sealing their place in the competition’s next stage with a win. 

BATE, meanwhile, sit bottom of Group L with one win and will rely on home advantage to earn them an unlikely second on Thursday evening.

Chelsea v FC BATE Borisov - UEFA Europa League - Group L

Check out 90min’s preview for the match below.


How to Watch

?When Is Kick Off? Thursday 8 November?
?What Time Is Kick Off? ?17:55 (BST)
?Where Is It Played? ?Borisov Arena
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?BT Sport
?Referee? ?Nikola Dabanovi?

Team News

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?Chelsea have received a boost upfront, with striker ?Olivier Giroud returning to full fitness after overcoming muscle fatigue. The Frenchman missed his side’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday and could replace ?Alvaro Morata upfront against BATE.

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

??Eden Hazard returned from a lay-off with a substitute appearance against Palace and is in line to feature at the Borisov Arena. 

Maurizio Sarri could, however, rotate his lineup against BATE ahead of their ?Premier League game against Everton on Sunday.


Predicted Lineups

?BATE Borisov Scherbitski; Rios, Filipovic, Filipenko, Volodko; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Tuominen, Stasevich.?
?Chelsea ?Kepa; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Kova?i?, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Morata, Pedro.

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Head to Head Record

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This is only the second time Chelsea face BATE? following their win over the Belarusian club in the reverse fixture, which saw BATE visit Stamford Bridge for the first time in their history.

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?Ruben Loftus-Cheek enjoyed a hat-trick on the night, earning the Blues the three points which set them up well for progression on Thursday evening.


Recent Form

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BATE strengthened their lead on top of the Belarusian Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Neman ?on Sunday. That represented their third straight win since their defeat at Stamford Bridge and put them well on their way to successfully defending their title with a comfortable 14-point gap between them and second placed FC Shakhtyor.

Their ?Europa League form has been disappointing, however, as they sit bottom of Group L.


Better fortunes for Chelsea, who top Group L with three wins in the competition. The London club are still unbeaten in all competitions so far and form part of an early three-horse race to be the winners of England’s top flight come the end of the season.

Here’s a look at how each team has performed in their last five games:

BATE Borisov? Chelsea?
?BATE 1-0 Neman (4/11) ?Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace (4/11)
?Dinamo Brest 1-3 BATE (31/10) ?Chelsea 3-2 Derby County (31/10)
?Gomel 0-1 BATE (28/10) ?Burnley 0-4 Chelsea (28/10)
?Chelsea 3-1 BATE (25/10) ?Chelsea 3-1 BATE (25/10)
?BATE 3-2 Gorodeya (20/10) ?Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United (20/10)

Prediction

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That this is Chelsea’s first trip to Belarus may present a hint of uncertainty at the possible result of this match and BATE will look to exploit their inexperience in front of the Borisov Arena, as they look to give themselves a chance of progressing from the group.

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

However, Sarri’s men are aware of the task at hand and it’s permutations, so will run out to put in a performance good enough to earn them a win and three points that will seal their place in the next round.

Prediction: BATE Borisov 1-2 Chelsea

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