Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction (4-2-3-1) at Krasnodar (Champions League)

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We have yet to see Chelsea FC be all that they can be, or even anything remotely close to that, this season. Due to injuries we’re only now seeing a fully fit squad, and we’ve yet to see all their splashy summer signings playing together. Perhaps tomorrow night will be that opportunity?

Chelsea travel to Krasnodar, a Russian club in a country that is really getting hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic right now. COVID-19 precautions and concerns overshadow all aspects of this game, just like they do for all aspects of life, for all of us right now. The second wave is definitely upon us, and it’s especially harsh in Russia.

Chelsea FC at Krasnodar UCL Group Stage FYIs

Kickoff: Wed. Oct 28, 5:55pm local, Old Trafford

Team News for both sides: go to this link

TV: BT Sport 3, Stream: BT Sport Monthly Pass

Odds:  Chelsea win -240, Draw +360, Krasnodar win +650

Getting back to the concept of Chelsea having all their biggest guns firing all at the same time, maybe Hakim Ziyech will go all 90 minutes in this one? If so, could we finally see all the high priced attacking talent, acquired within the past year or two, together?

We’re predicting a starting XI that provides a chance to see Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Ziyech all coalescing together.

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction (4-2-3-1) at Krasnodar (UCL)

Werner

Pulisic     Havertz     Ziyech

Kovacic     Kante

Chilwell      Zouma     Silva      James

Mendy

Prediction: Chelsea 2, Krasnodar 1

After an ugly, goalless draw to begin their European campaign, Chelsea will be fired up to get a real result here.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank, partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” has regularly appeared in WGNSports IllustratedChicago Tribune and SB NationFollow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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