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

16:57 BST 04/10/2018
Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2018-19
The Blues will be looking to secure the top spot in their Europa League group when they welcome Hungarian side Vidi to Stamford Bridge

Maurizio Sarri's side are favourites to win their second Europa League group game in a row against Vidi at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

The Blues opened their Europa League account with a 1-0 win at PAOK two weeks ago, and will be looking to claim the top spot of their group after falling behind to BATE Borisov on goal difference – which they could rectify against the Hungarians.

Vidi head into the fixture as underdogs after falling to a 2-0 loss at home to BATE Borisov in their European opener, and are currently bottom of the group.

Game Chelsea vs Vidi
Date Thursday, October 4
Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be  watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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US TV channel Online stream
N/A fubo TV (7-day free trial)

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and livestreamed 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

Pedro is a doubt for the game after suffering a shoulder injury in the previous Europa League game against PAOK, but could return against Vidi.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen are all in contention to start for the Blues despite recent injury and illness, while Sarri could rest Hazard ahead of Sunday's trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Barkley; Moses, Morata, Pedro.

Position Vidi players
Goalkeepers Tujvel, Harsfalvi
Defenders Fiola, Juhasz, Vinicius, Stopira, Hodzic, Toth
Midfielders Nego, Hadzic, Nikolov, Berecz, Patkai, Huszti
Forwards Kovacs, Scepovic, Milanov, Hangya

Vidi manager Marko Nikolic does not have any new injury issues to worry about as his side gear up to face Chelsea, though he is likely to slot in Szabolcs Huszti ahead of Georgi Milanov after the Hungarian scored at the weekend.

Potential Vidi XI: Tujvel; Fiola, Vinicius, Juhasz, Stopira; Nego, Hadzic, Patkal; Kovacs, Huszti; Scepovic.

Betting & Match Odds

Chelsea are priced at odds of 1/12 to record an expected win, according to bet365, while a draw is available at 12/1. A win for Vidi is up for 33/1.

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Match Preview

Chelsea will be a side riding high on momentum after ending Liverpool's winning streak in the Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues are unbeaten so far this season, having succumbed to just one draw in all competitions (against West Ham in the Premier League) and also having eliminated the Reds in the Carabao Cup following an Eden Hazard masterclass last week.

The Belgian international is in top form – scoring in both games against Liverpool in just a matter of days and currently leading as the league's top-scorer – though Sarri will be tempted to rest the player ahead of a crucial trip to Southampton this weekend.

Pedro may be a key figure for the fixture after suffering a shoulder issue against PAOK, having scored three goals in five league games before picking up the injury.

Cesc Fabregas is also expected to play a pivotal role in the Blues midfield after impressing in the Carabao Cup win against Liverpool, while Ross Barkley is an option and is in need of playing time.

Alvaro Morata is also an option to lead the line despite a disappointing start to the season in which he has only scored one goal in all competitions.

Vidi head into the fixture off the back of two consecutive league wins, though an away fixture to a Chelsea side is still a mountain of a task for the Hungarian side.