By Michael Benson
8th November 2018,
Updated: 8th November 2018,
Chelsea will be looking to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages with a victory over BATE Borisov on Thursday.
Maurizio Sarri’s men will make the 3,200 mile round trip to Belarus as the look to continue to make their 100 per cent start to the competition.
Eden Hazardhas travelledafter recovering from his back injury to feature against Crystal Palace on Sunday, though Alvaro Morata will be rested.
The Blues currently sit comfortably atop Europa League group L having won all of their first three matches.
As the other three teams in the group are currently tied on three points apiece, Chelsea will secure qualification to the knockout stages with win at BATE.
Where can I listen?
You can listen to exclusive commentary of the game,live on talkSPORT2 here.
What The Managers Are Saying
Maurizio Sarri:“Morata stayed in Cobham just to rest, and then just to have training.
“I think it is better for him to stay fit with two or three trainings than only with matches. It is normal.
“Sometimes it is better than to rest than always play. To train and physical qualities. If they only play they will lose that physical quality.”
Eden Hazard has surprisingly been given a place in the starting XI despite only featuring in 36 minutes of Chelsea’s Europa League campaign this season.
Hat-trick hero from the home game against BATE also starts as the Blues name a pretty strong team.
BATE:Scherbitski, Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic, Baha, Dragun, Hleb, Skavysh, Signevich, Stasevich
Subs: Chichkan, Yablonskiy, Berezkin, Ivanic, Tuominem, Polyakov, Moukam
Chelsea:Kepa, Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson, Jorginho, Barkely, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud
Subs:Caballero, Azpi, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, Kante, Kovacic, Willian