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Chelsea vs Krasnodar Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

James Merrills
Chelsea have been in fine form
Chelsea have been in fine form / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
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Chelsea host Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday evening having already cemented their place at the top of Group E.

Frank Lampard was glad to see his team through to the last 16 after a convincing 4-0 victory over Sevilla in their last European outing. The Chelsea boss was given a selection headache with Olivier Giroud scoring all four goals and declaring his intent for a spot in the line up.

Chelsea's Champions League campaign has got off to a flying start, with Lampard's team winning their last four games. They will be aiming to make it five on Tuesday and match the feat they accomplished back in the 2010/11 group stage - the last time they won five in a row in the Champions League.


Where to Watch

Chelsea fans will be present at Stamford Bridge again
Chelsea fans will be present at Stamford Bridge again / Pool/Getty Images

When Is Kick Off? Tuesday 8 December
What Time Is Kick Off?
8pm (GMT)
Where Is It Played?
Stamford Bridge
TV Channel/Live Stream?
BT Sport 3 (UK)


Team News

Lampard has had better luck than some managers when it comes to injuries, with Hakim Ziyech his only injury concern after suffering a hamstring injury at the weekend against Leeds. The Chelsea boss refused to put a timescale on his return and said that the severity of his injury would be assessed over the coming days.

Kepa Arrizabalaga hasn't played for Chelsea since 17 October, but Edouard Mendy could be handed a rest after a successful start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Kepa has been kept out in the cold since Mendy's arrival
Kepa has been kept out in the cold since Mendy's arrival / NEIL HALL/Getty Images

We could see the likes of Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger given a run out after their recent stints on the bench.

Christian Pulisic came off the bench to score against Leeds at the weekend after playing 65 minutes in Sevilla, and could come back into the starting lineup again.

Krasnodar currently have two injury concerns at the moment with defenders Sergey Petrov and Dmitri Stotskiy both still on the sidelines.


Predicted Lineups

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; James, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Havertz; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Pulisic.

Krasnodar: Safonov; Smolnikov, Sorokin, Martynovich, Ramirez; Wanderson, Kambolov, Vilhena, Claesson; Berg, Ari.


Recent Form

After a sticky start to the season, the Blues have found their feet at both ends of the pitch.

Chelsea's defence has only been breached once in Europe once this season with that goal conceded in the 2-1 victory over Rennes. They had struggled with shipping goals early on in the season but the arrival of Thiago Silva has helped steady the ship. Only Barcelona boast a better defensive record than Chelsea in the group stage this season.

Krasnodar picked up their first group stage win in their last game beating Rennes 1-0. They had previously claimed a point from the French side in their opening game, defeat to Chelsea came in the next game before back to back losses to Sevilla. They currently sit third in the group and will likely drop into the Europa league.

Chelsea

Chelsea 3-1 Leeds United (05/12)
Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea (02/12)
Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur (29/11)
Rennes 1-2 Chelsea (24/11)
Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea (21/11)

Krasnodar

Krasnodar 5-0 Rotor Volgograd (05/12)
Krasnodar 1-0 Rennes (02/12)
Khimki 1-0 Krasnodar (28/11)
Krasnodar 1-2 Sevilla (24/11)
Krasnodar 1-0 Tambov (21/11)


Prediction

Chelsea should stroll to victory
Chelsea should stroll to victory / Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

There are plenty of players at Chelsea struggling for game time who will be keen to prove themselves to Lampard and give him something to think about. We are likely to see a second string Chelsea side with qualification already in the bag. The talent that Lampard can call on is frightening and we will surely see some electric football at Stamford Bridge.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Krasnodar

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