Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Qarabag vs Chelsea Match Preview, Possible Lineups + Other Today's UCL Fixtures

 Chelsea can qualify for the round of 16 with a win at Qarabag today.
MATCH INFO:
Qarabag vs Chelsea
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Baku Olympic Stadium.
Qarabag have proven to be a much more difficult side to play against since their 6-0 loss in the first round against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They have gotten two points off of Atletico, and they frustrated Roma to no end at home as well in a loss.

The Azerbaijani champions have little chance to make it to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but they can get to the Europa League round of 32.

Chelsea suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Roma last time and Atletico’s poor performances in the campaign left the Blues in second place four points ahead of the Madrid club.

The English club are through to the knock-out with a win on Wednesday or with a draw if Atletico fail to win against Roma.

 TEAM NEWS:

Qarabag - Coach Gurban Gurbanov will be missing Pedro Henrique due to suspension, while striker Dino Ndlovu returns from his own. He has injuries to wingers Tarik Elyounoussi and Mahir Madatov as well as center back Badavi Guseynov.

Chelsea - Manager Antonio Conte saw his team come through the weekend unscathed, so he looks set to have a full team to pick from once more in this Champions League tie.

TEAM FORM:

Qarabag have three wins, a draw, and a loss in their last five matches.

Chelsea have four wins and a loss in their last five matches.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Qarabag (4-2-3-1): Sehic; Medvedev, Sadygov, Rzezniczak, Agolli; Richard, Garayev; Izmailov, Michel, Madatov; Ndlovu

Chelsea (3-5-2): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata 


KEY STATS: 
Qarabag have lost just one of their nine home matches in the UCL.

Chelsea took on Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in September in their very first meeting, and they got a huge and decisive 6-0 win.

PREDICTION:

Qarabag 1-3 Chelsea - I see the Blues qualying for round 16 with a big win over lower ranked Qarabag.

TODAY'S UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES IN FULL

18:00  —   CSKA Moscow VS Benfica

18:00  —   Qarabag FK VS Chelsea

20:45  —   Basel VS Manchester United

20:45  —   Anderlecht VS Bayern Munich

20:45  —   Paris Saint Germain VS Celtic

20:45  —   Atletico Madrid VS Roma

20:45  —   Juventus VS Barcelona

20:45  —   Sporting CP VS Olympiacos

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