Two sides that are currently sharing one point in their Champions League Group lock horns this week. Chelsea will travel a long journey to Russia to take on side FC Krasnodar. The match schedules for Wednesday with kickoff at 8:55 pm.
The hosts were held back with a 1-1 draw to Rennes last week. On the other hand, their opponents played to a goalless draw against Sevilla the same week. Both sides are keen on building the gap between each other this Wednesday.
Krasnodar’s inaugural game in the Champions League saw the group stages’ side take on high flying Ligue 1 side Rennes. However, their opponents faced a troubled start with their visit to Krasnodar last week.
Murad Musaev showed how much his side deserved respect in the competition while managing to walk away with a point. A Serhou Guirassy’s penalty was canceled out with a Cristian Ramirez’s equalizer.
However, the Russian side headed into the clash with injury woes rocking the camp. Their misfortunes further sparked following a 3-1 defeat to Spartak Moscow on their own turf during the weekend.
Eduoard Mendy is making a name for himself after an impressive display during their 0-0 draw to Manchester United. A last-minute dive from a Greenwood strike saw the sides share the spoils in a less entertaining night at the Old Trafford.
FC Krasnodar vs. Chelsea Head to Head
Both sides are yet to meet at this point in the competition. Here is a look at their previous encounters in their respective leagues:
FC Krasnodar 1-3 Spartak Moscow
Rennes 1-1 FC Krasnodar
FC Krasnodar 3-1 Rubin Kazan
Dynamo Moscow 2-0 FC Krasnodar
PAOK 1-2 FC Krasnodar
Man United 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla
Chelsea 3-3 Southampton
Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace
FC Krasnodar Team News
Musaev will battle with many injuries in his side, especially shown during their 3-1 loss to Spartak Moscow. Remy Cabella and Evgeniy Markov recently tested positive for coronavirus and will remain in self-isolation. Attackers Wanderson and Viktor Claesson are battling muscular problems.
Chelsea Team News
The only injury concerns for Lampard ahead of the trip include Kepa Arrizabalaga and Billy Gilmour. Hakim Ziyech awaits to make a full debut for the Blues following his injury during their friendly clash with Brighton. Abraham might get the nod to lead the attacking line ahead of Timo Werner.
Prediction and Odds
We expect the Blues to take advantage of Krasnodar’s injury crisis to make it a win after a series of draws.
Goals Under 3.5
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