In-form Chelsea will be looking to light up Stamford Bridge on Bonfire Night when they take on Dutch side Ajax in the Champions League.

The Blues have been a joy to watch under new boss Frank Lampard, and showed real maturity in beating last year's Champions League semi-finalists in Amsterdam two weeks ago.

A win would put Lampard's young side - who currently sit top of Group H level on points with the Dutch champions - firmly in the driving seat for a spot in the last 16, as they continue to defy the odds in the wake of a summer transfer ban.

But Ajax, who have plenty of talented youngsters themselves, will be looking to avenge their only defeat of what has been a thoroughly impressive campaign so far.

Here's 90min's preview for the game...

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off?Tuesday 5th November
What Time Is Kick Off?20:00 (BST)
Where Is it Played?Stamford Bridge
TV Channel/Live Stream?BT Sport 2
Referee?Gianluca Rocchi

Team News


N'Golo Kant​é is in contention but probably won't be rushed back into the starting lineup, due to a domestic suspension facing Jorginho at the weekend. 

Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley are also doubts, while long-term absentee Ruben Loftus-Cheek will definitely miss out.

Ajax, on the other hand, have a fully fit squad to choose from, and it is likely that Andre Onana will continue in goal, despite being ​linked to Spurs over the weekend.

Top scorer Quincy Promes will be their main threat, after having had a goal marginally ruled out for offside two weeks ago.

Predicted Lineups

ChelseaKepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount; Pulisic, Willian, Abraham
AjaxOnana; Mazraoui, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Martinez; Neres, Van de Beek, Ziyech; Tadic

Head-to-Head Record

Michy Batshuayi

Amazingly ​Chelsea's 1-0 victory in Amsterdam was the first time these two sides had ever met in their histories. 

The beauty of stats means that ​Chelsea fans can technically boast that they have never conceded a goal to the three-time European champions.

They can also claim to have won every game they've played against them.

Recent Form

Daley Blind,David Neres,Dusan Tadic,Hakim Ziyech

Since losing to Valencia​ on matchday one of this year's Champions League, things have just clicked for Frank Lampard's side. 

They have lost only twice - once to Liverpool (who haven't lost themselves all season), and once to Manchester United, with a weakened side in the Carabao Cup - leaving them in pole position for a Champions League place few thought they could ever achieve in the circumstances.

They will not face a much sterner test than Ajax though, who have been on quite the run of form themselves. 

Since their dramatic loss to Spurs in last season's Champions League semi-finals, the Amsterdam side have lost just one game - to Chelsea two weeks ago. They have developed an effective, eye-catching style of play under Erik ten Haag, and somehow still remain one of Europe's most underrated teams.

Here's how the two have fared in their last five matches...

Watford 1-2 Chelsea (2/11)Zwolle 2-4 Ajax (1/11)
Burnley 2-4 Chelsea (26/10)Ajax 4-0 Feyenoord (27/10)
Ajax 0-1 Chelsea (23/10)Ajax 0-1 Chelsea (23/10)
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle (19/10)RKC Waalwijk 1-2 Ajax (19/10)
Southampton 1-4 Chelsea (6/10)
ADO Den Haag 0-2 Ajax (6/10)



Both sides are on great runs of form, and both play attractive football so this match has the feel of a real European classic.

Chelsea however look in a different league to the other teams they're playing right now, and will just edge it.

Prediction: Chelsea  2-1 Ajax