Regardless of the result between those two sides, though, three points in Baku will be enough to see Antonio Conte's men advance to the last 16 with a game to spare.
|Game||Qarabag vs Chelsea|
|Date||Wednesday, November 22|
|Time||17:00 GMT / 12:00 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and for free on BT Sport Showcase. It can also be streamed via the BT Sport app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2 / Showcase||BT Sport app|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FS2||Fox Sports Go|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Kanibolotskiy, Magomedailyev, Sehic|
|Defenders||Medvedev, Sadygov, Dashderimov, Agolli, A. Huseynov, Yunuszada, Turabov, Rzezniczak|
|Midfielders||Garayev, Amirguliyev, Michel, Almeida, Ismayilov, Guerrier, Diniyev, Quintana|
|Forwards||Ndlovu, Madatov, Elyounoussi, Ramazanov, Sheydaev|
Pedro Henrique is suspended after being sent off against Atletico Madrid.
Badavi Huseynov will also miss out due to injury and Tarik Elyounoussi and Mahir Madatov are doubts, but Dino Ndlovu is available after missing the previous game in Spain.
Potential starting XI: Sehic; Medvedev, Rzezniczak, Sadygov, Agolli; Qarayev, Almeida; Elyounoussi, Michel, Guerrier; Ndlovu.
|Goalkeepers||Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo|
|Defenders||Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz|
|Midfielders||Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Willian|
David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Pedro are all expected to start for Chelsea as Antonio Conte rotates his squad.
Victor Moses, Kenedy, Charly Musonda and Michy Batshuayi are all injured and will not feature, though, leaving Conte with limited options from the bench.
Potential starting XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Drinkwater, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Chelsea are 1/3 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Qarabag priced at 10/1 and the draw available at 17/4.
This might usually be a game in which Antonio Conte would look to rest some of his key players, but there is a bigger carrot than usual in front of Chelsea this week.
The Blues can seal their qualification for the Champions League knockout stage with a win in Azerbaijan, taking the pressure off of their final match at home to Atletico Madrid.
Qarabag are the group minnows and sit in last place but are not totally unthreatening, having drawn twice with Diego Simeone's underperforming Atleti and beaten Copenhagen in the play-off round.
They only lost by a goal at home against Roma.
If the Italian side can keep Atletico winless when they meet in Madrid, a draw will be enough to see Chelsea through.
But it is not hard to see Conte starting the likes of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata to ensure the Blues take care of business and do not need a result against the 2014 and 2016 finalists in December.