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UCL: FKK vs Chelsea



Krasnodar and Chelsea take a break from their league challenge to fight for the second round of the Champions League group stage after both drawing in their opening match. This is quite an interesting trip for Chelsea when visiting Krasnodar in cold Russia 3400 km apart.

Krasnodar are heavily absent on the latest visit to Spartak Moscow, and Musaev has a very limited squad to choose from for a visit to Chelsea. Remy Cabella and Evgeniy Markov both tested positive for coronavirus prior to a trip to Rennes, while their strike partners Wanderson and Viktor Claesson are struggling with muscle problems. Ruslan Kambolov and Aleksandr Cherkinov are also nursing and could be forced to miss this match, while Igor Smolkinov is on the bench to start at right-back with Sergey Petrov and Dmitri Stotskiy absent. Last season their Champions League adventure ended in the play-offs. The overall index of the Premier League at home this season of Krasnodar is 3-2-1 (win-draw-lose). The Krasnodar crowd returned home unhappily before seeing their beloved players lose 1-3 to Spartak Moskva at the Stadion FK Krasnodar in a Russian Premier League match, and they drew 1-1 on Rennes' yard earlier. Krasnodar will have to worry after this match as the Premier League match at Akhmat Grozny will take place in three days. Krasnodar are showing off their attacking prowess in home games this season, averaging more than 2.5 goals per game (15 goals in 6 games) in addition to 8 goals.

Chelsea don't have as much injury concerns as the home side in midweek, with Lampard's only confirmed absentees Kepa Arrizabalaga and Billy Gilmour. The Blues have lined up with three midfielders for a trip to Old Trafford, the defense playing well with a clean sheet, but Lampard will want to score here. Hakim Ziyech is still waiting to make his Blues debut after three consecutive replacements, but the former Ajax player has every chance to play at the first whistle here. Things could be better for Chelsea in Premier League away games, but 5 points after 3 games is fine. Blues fans will certainly expect more from their powerful onslaught with money already spent in the summer on major signings like Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.  




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