Hazard in Chelsea squad for Europa League trip to Belarus

Hazard in Chelsea squad for Europa League trip to Belarus

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Eden Hazard has scored nine goals in 12 appearances for Chelsea this season

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TEAM NEWS

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been included in the squad for Thursday’s Europa League match at BATE Borisov.

The Belgian missed three matches with a back problem before returning as a substitute in Sunday’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

Defenders Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and striker Alvaro Morata have not travelled to Belarus.

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas was a late withdrawal because of illness, and has been replaced by N’Golo Kante.

Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri explained the decision to leave Morata behind – the Spain international has scored three goals in the Blues’ previous two Premier League games.

Sarri said: “He played for three matches in a row. I thought it was better for him to stay at Cobham and rest and have only training.”

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Chelsea defeated BATE Borisov 3-1 in the first ever meeting between these two sides in the preceding match day.

BATE Borisov

  • BATE Borisov have now lost four of their five meetings with English clubs (W1). All matches were in the Europa League group stages.
  • BATE have managed just two wins in their last 15 Europa League games (D5 L8), scoring 13 goals and conceding 33.

Chelsea

  • Chelsea have now won six consecutive Europa League games, since a 2-3 defeat at Rubin Kazan in April 2013.
  • Chelsea have had the most shots in the competition so far (73), while also facing fewer than any other team (15).

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November 7, 2018 at 09:00AM

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