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Chelsea vs BATE: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

18:50 BST 25/10/2018
Willian Chelsea
The Blues will be looking to maintain their perfect winning streak in the Europa League when they welcome BATE to west London on Thursday evening

Chelsea can further their chances of securing a spot in the last-32 of the Europa League when they host BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.

Maurizio Sarri's side have won both of their opening European fixtures so far and will be looking to extend their winning streak to three, with victory against the Belarusian league winners set to leave them in a strong position to reach the knockout phase. 

Game Chelsea vs BATE
Date Thursday, October 25
Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game will not be televised but will be livestreamed via B/R Live.

US TV channel Online stream
N/A B/R Live

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised on BT Sport 2 and streamed through BT Sport Live.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live

Squads & Team News

Position Chelsea players
Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Bulka
Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta
Midfielders Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi, Moses, Willian
Forwards Giroud, Morata

Eden Hazard picked up a back injury during Saturday's encounter with Manchester United and is out for the clash with BATE, while Ethan Ampadu has been ruled out after picking up a knee injury on international duty with Wales.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was another doubt after being excluded from the squad with a knock but ultimately makes the bench.

Confirmed Chelsea XI: Kepa; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Willian.

Position BATE players
Goalkeepers Scherbitski, Chichkan
Defenders Rios, Polyakov, Filipenko, Volodko
Midfielders Baga, Yablonski, Dragun, Hleb, Berezkin, Volkov, Moukam
Forwards Ivanic, Tuominen, Stasevich, Skavysh, Gordeychuk, Signevich

Confirmed BATE XI: Scherbitski; Rios, Milunovic, Filipenko, Volodko; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Skavysh, Signevich, Stasevich.

Betting & Match Odds

Chelsea are considered to be strong 1/7 favourites to emerge victorious with bet 365, while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for BATE is priced at 25/1.

Click here to see all of bet 365's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.

Match Preview

The Blues can make it three straight wins in the Europa League should they taste victory against BATE, though Maurizio Sarri's side have been far from convincing in the campaign so far – only managing two narrow 1-0 wins against PAOK and Videoton in their previous outings.

A win on Thursday evening, however, will be enough to edge them ever closer to the last-32 stage as they sit three points clear of both PAOK and BATE, and are the only team to have registered two wins.

Sarri confirmed the exclusion of star player Hazard, telling reporters in his pre-match press conference:

"Tomorrow [he] is out for sure. He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It's not very easy."

Jorginho is another player who could miss out on action against BATE as Sarri will have one eye on a clash away at Burnley as well as a Carabao Cup tie against Derby County next Wednesday, in which he will face former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in the dugout.

"The problem will be on Sunday, when we will play after 65 hours, so we need to change something," Sarri added.

"For example, Jorginho needs to rest now because he played for 90 minutes in the two matches with the national team, then for 90 minutes – or, better, for 100 minutes – in the last match [against Manchester United]."