Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(17) 15 Goals 7 (8)
(13) 6 Assists 5 (5)
(7) 7.1 Average Ratings 7.2 (7)
27.5 Average Age 30.1
183.3 Average Height (cm) 180.3
(1.4) 1.7 Shots pg 1.4 (1.3)
(56%) 54% Aerial Duel Success 42% (42%)
(1.2) 1.1 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.9)
(1.5) 1.7 Tackles pg 1.8 (1.9)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Oriol Romeu Out N/A
Ashley Cole Out 6.73
Gary Cahill Out 7.2075
Demba Ba Out N/A
No missing players.

Team News

  • Ashley Cole was forced off with a hamstring problem against Manchester United and he, along with Gary Cahill, will be out for around two weeks.
  • Oriol Romeu remains the only other absentee through injury, while Demba Ba is ineligible to play, so Fernando Torres will return up front.
  • Ramires, Mikel and Bertrand are all one booking away from suspension, along with the injured Ashley Cole, and Benitez will have to choose between Ivanovic and Terry at the back.
  • Cristian Ansaldi and Cesar Navas return to the squad having missed the second leg against Levante through suspension.
  • Ivan Marcano and Salomon Rondon were rested at the weekend but should return to the side, with the latter still in with an outside chance of winning the Golden Boot having netted 5 times thus far.
  • Berdyev must choose between veteran centre-backs Navas and Sharonov at the back, and though he has a full squad to choose from as many as 8 players are one booking away from a ban.

Prediction

  • Chelsea and Rubin Kazan will meet for the first time on Thursday night, with the Blues' last encounter against a Russian opponent ending in a 4-1 home win against Spartak Moscow in 2010.
  • Rubin faced London based opposition in Tottenham in the group stages of last year's competition, with either side winning their respective home games against the other 1-0.
  • Chelsea may rest a few players so the visitors will look to take an away goal back to Russia ahead of the second leg in what is likely to be a tight encounter.
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