Chelsea vs Dynamo Kiev preview: Maurizio Sarri set to make changes + Live scores update


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head coach Maurizio is considering making changes to his team for Thursday’s tie at home to Dynamo Kiev (kick-off 8pm) due to tiredness in his squad.

The Blues face the Ukrainian side in the first leg of a last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge but Sarri has concerns over fatigue.

Sarri said: “We have no injury. Of course we have some players tired because the last week was very hard for us. We need to consider the situation and to rest some players, I think.

Sarri had faced speculation about his long-term future at the club following a run of poor results but he has been boosted by back-to-back wins against Tottenham and Fulham in the Premier League.

Asked about his position, the Italian said: “It’s not a big problem, the problem is the results. All the rest is not important in this moment.

“I want to win for the club, not for me. I was confident in the past, I am confident now. But I want to think only about our performances.”

Team News (Lineups)

Chelsea (4-3-3)

GK 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

DF 3. Alonso

DF 27. Christensen

DF 21. Zappacosta

DF 30. David

MF 17.Kovacic

MF 8. Barkley

MF 5. Jorginho

FW 22. Willian

FW 11. Pedro

FW 18. Giroud

Substitutes: , Hudson Odoi, , Higuain, Rudiger, Caballero, Loftus-Cheek.

Dynamo Kiev (4-2-3-1)

GK 71. Boyko

DF 16. Mykolenko

DF 94. Kedziora

DF 30. Shabanov

DF 26. Burda

MF 10. Shaparenko

MF 5. Sydorchuk

MF 29. Buyalski

MF 15. Tsygankov

MF 8. Shepelev

FW 43. Rusyn

Substitutes: Tsitaishvili, Kadar, Smyrnyi, Harmash, Buschan, Sidcley, Andrievsky

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London; England

Referee: To be announced

Time: 2100 hours GMT (09:00 pm)

Opta Stats

  • Chelsea will be facing off with Dynamo Kiev for just the third time, with the Blues winning one and drawing one of the two previous meetings during the group stages of the 2015-16 Champions League.
  • Dynamo Kiev have never won a European match on English soil, with the Ukrainians drawing three and losing 11 of their 14 previous visits – most recently a 0-0 draw at the Etihad against in the Champions League last 16 back in March 2016.
  • Chelsea’s only previous appearance at this stage of the Europa League was back in 2012-13, beating Romanian side Steaua Bucharest over two legs – the season the Blues went on to lift the trophy under manager Rafa Benitez.
  • Dynamo Kiev have not won any of their last nine first-leg knockout matches in the Europa League (D6 L3); though their last such victory did come against English opposition – beating Manchester City at home during a last-16 encounter back in March 2011.
  • Willian has had a direct hand in seven Europa League goals this season (two goals, five assists); no Chelsea player has had more goal involvements in a single European campaign since both Juan (12) and Fernando (9) did so during their 2012-13 Europa League winning season.

Our Prediction

Chelsea to win by a wide margin. 3-0 to Chelsea.

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