Eden Hazard Included in Chelsea Travel Squad to Bate Borisov

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In a somewhat surprising move, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri included superstar Eden Hazard in his travel squad that will face BATE Borisov tomorrow night in Europa League competition. The Belgian playmaker has been out for three matches due to back issues, and played only sparingly (36 minutes in total off the bench) in the three matches since his return.

The Europa League clash in Barysaw, Belarus could provide the perfect opportunity for the 27-year-old to get more major minutes as he eases his way back into playing the full 90+ with regularity again.

In addition to the Eden Hazard inclusion, it’s notable that Olivier Giroud was included and Alvaro Morata was left back. Sarri explained the omission of Morata thusly:

“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.”

Chelsea FC vs BATE Borisov FYIs

Match Preview, Injury Report: go to this link

Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Kickoff, TV: Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:55 p.m. (GMT), 12:55 p.m. (EST), BT Sport 2 (UK)

Odds via Oddschecker: Chelsea 7/18, Draw 4-1, BATE 7/1

Prediction: Chelsea 3, BATE Borisov 0

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