Chelsea are still unbeaten this season and that record looks unlikely to go in the Europa League group stages against BATE Borisov. Maurizio Sarri’s men had Ross Barkley to thank for their draw against Manchester United, a game where they were outmuscled and outplayed at times by the visitors, although they did make the better start and had plenty of control.
The Europa League has been a different matter for them, with a soft group allowing for them to rotate plenty. However, Sarri has a strong squad to play with and has treated the competition with respect on both occasions so far. Against Hungarian Champions Videoton, he started with Kepa, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Kovacic, Pedro, Morata, and Willian whilst there was a stronger bench too in case things got tight.
They won that encounter 1-0 thanks to a late Morata goal, their second 1-0 victory in the group so far, and it’s not unsurprising that they’re playing within themselves given that they’re neck and neck with Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League to boot.
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BATE have lost one (4-1 to PAOK) and won one (3-2 against Gorodeya) but ought to find the side that won 1-0 at PAOK too good for them. However, Chelsea might not go nuts, with a trip to Burnley ahead this weekend, and could play within themselves again. The 1-0 and 2-0 correct scores could be worth dutching in what looks like a trappy game.
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