Chelsea host Hungarian outfit MOL Vidi in their first home fixture of the Europa League this season as they look to continue their unbeaten start under new boss Maurizio Sarri. While Chelsea saw off PAOK FC last time out, Videoton suffered a defeat at the hands of BATE, who currently occupy the top spot in Group L.
Chelsea face off against a Hungarian side for the first time ever in their history, whereas MOL Vidi last played an English team in March 1985. Here's all you need to know ahead of this clash.
Date: 4 October
Kickoff: 20:00 (local time), 00:30 (IST)
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Live stream: SonyLIV
In his press conference ahead of the clash, Sarri remarked that all his players are more or less available for the match, which means the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas will be back in the fold.
The visitors too have a full-strength squad to choose from.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; Emerson, Christensen, Cahill, Zappacosta; Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley; Moses, Morata, Hudson-Odoi
MOL Vidi (4-3-2-1): Tujvel; Fiola, Juhasz, Vinicius, Stopira; Nego, Hadzic, Nikolov; Kovacs, Milanov; Scepovic
Last 5 matches (in all competitions)
MOL Vidi: D-L-L-W-W
This will be the first ever match between these two sides.
Davide Zappacosta is the surprise player to watch out for. The Italian is one of the most attack-minded full-backs, much like Alonso. With exceptional work rate, crossing ability and desire to get forward, he will dart forward repeatedly and aim to run in behind the opposition defence.
The versatile Loic Nego is one to look out for. With his strength, defensive awareness and positional brilliance, the Frenchman will surely make the Blues work harder for their build-up play. He is also an indirect set-piece threat.
This rotated Chelsea side might take time to settle into the game, but once they do, expect it to be one-way traffic. The youngsters will undoubtedly be backed by the home crowd and the pace possessed by the Blues' wingers will wreak havoc. It should be a plain sail for Sarri's troops.
Predicted score: Chelsea 3-0 MOL Vidi