Chelsea v Krasnodar Live Commentary & Result, 08/12/2020, UEFA Champions League |

This will be just the second time FK Krasnodar have faced an English opponent away from home in European competition, with their previous trip ending in a 1-0 victory against Everton in the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League.

Krasnodar crushed Rotor Volgograd in their clash in the Russian Premier League last time out. They have made six changes to their side from the victory. Berg comes into the lead the attack with Cabella and Claesson restored to the line up. Olsson partners Vilhena in the middle of the park, while Ramirez slots in at left-back. Gorodov returns between the sticks for the Russian outfit.

Lampard has made 11 changes to his side from their win over Leeds at the weekend. Gilmour and Anjorin are handed their first Champions League starts in the midfield and final third respectively. Kepa returns between the sticks, while Azpilcueta, Christensen, Rudiger and Emerson all start in the back four. Abraham leads the line with Havertz in support as well as Anjorin.

KRASNODAR SUBS: Egor Sorokin, Evgeni Chernov, Evgeni Markov, Daniil Utkin, Aleksandr Chernikov, Ruslan Kambolov, Andrey Sinitsyn, Shapi Suleymanov, Sergey Petrov.

KRASNODAR (4-2-3-1): Evgeni Gorodov; Igor Smolnikov, Aleksandr Martynovich, Kaio, Cristian Ramirez; Kristoffer Olsson, Tommy Vilhena, Wanderson, Remy Cabella, Viktor Claesson; Marcus Berg.

CHELSEA SUBS: Marcos Alonso, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Willy Caballero, Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma, Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Karlo Ziger.

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Emerson; Billy Gilmour, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Kai Havertz, Tammy Abraham, Faustino Anjorin.

Krasnodar have already qualified for the Europa League therefore there is nothing other than pride on the line for Murad Musaev’s team. They were beaten comfortably on home soil by the Blues in the group match in October and will be keen to put forward a stronger outing to take them into the next stage of their European campaign with momentum.

Chelsea have already advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League courtesy of their four wins in their opening five matches. They were impressive last time out to see off Sevilla on the road as Olivier Giroud found the net four times. Frank Lampard and his team will be determined to finish the job as Group E winners by claiming at least a point tonight fresh off a 3-1 triumph over Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League clash between Chelsea and Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge.

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