Qarabag vs Chelsea – 101 Great Goals prediction: Qarabag 0-3 Chelsea
The Premier League champions will be hoping for a repeat of the scoreline from the reverse fixture, which Chelsea won comfortably.
With Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata in lethal form, Qarabag appear to have little chance of stealing a result.
Qarabag might be at home and have already drawn with Atletico Madrid, yet they are 10/1 to win this game.
Chelsea are strong favourites at 1/3 to claim victory.
Alvaro Morata to score the first goal, like he did at West Brom, is 5/2.
Qarabag vs Chelsea: Premier League preview
Chelsea travel to Baku to take on Azerbaijani side Qarabag on Wednesday night.
A win for the Blues would seal qualification to the round of 16, although a draw will suffice if Atletico Madrid fail to beat Group C leaders Roma
On their last European outing, Chelsea were beaten 3-0 at Roma, their only defeat in their last seven games in all competitions.
Antonio Conte’s side moved above Spurs in the Premier League with a 4-0 win at West Brom on Saturday. Eden Hazard scored a brace while Morata and Marcos Alonso also got their names on the scoresheet.
Despite sitting bottom of the group, Qarabag can still mathematically qualify for the knockout stages.
Don’t disregard Qarabag
The minnows should not be disregarded, however, having taken points in both of their fixtures against Atletico Madrid. Michel gave Gurban Gurbanov’s side a shock lead in Madrid last month, before Atletico levelled in the second half.
Unsurprisingly, Qarabag remain top of the Premyer Liqa table, winning their third consecutive domestic match on Friday night. Brazilian-born Ricard de Oliveira and South African Dino Ndlovu scored the goals in a 2-0 win.
Chelsea won the reverse fixture 6-0 on the opening matchday of the competition. Pedro Rodriguez, Davide Zappacosta, Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi were all among the goals.
Chelsea team news v Qarabag
Victor Moses will be monitored for an ongoing hamstring problem picked up in October. Conte is hoping to have the Nigerian back in action for Liverpool this weekend.
Michy Batshuayi is carrying a foot injury that will keep him out until December.
Pedro Henrique will miss the match for the home side following his straight red card against Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea predicted line-up v Qarabag
Courtois; Rudiger, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Morata, Pedro
Willian shuts down transfer speculation once more after admitting Manchester United interes
Chelsea star Willian will not be returning to his native Brazil this January, despite reports claiming he is already in talks with Palmeiras about a move to South America.
The 29-year-old has struggled to earn a regular starting spot at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Antonio Conte last year as he has been named in the starting XI in just eight of the Blues’ 18 games in the new campaign.
His only goal of the season came in the Carabao Cup win over Everton almost a month ago but still Willian insists that he is not looking for a move home.
Reports from Brazil claimed that Willian had opened negotiations with Palmeiras over a potential transfer in 2018 but the Chelsea star promptly shut them down.
“Palmeiras and Willian are negotiating,” wrote journalist Sandro Barboza (in Portuguese) on Twitter. “The Chelsea player liked the proposal and can play in Verdão in 2018. Remember that negotiating is not hiring. But the business is well underway.”
To which Willian (also in Portuguese) responded: “Hello Sandro, all right? Sorry, but I’m not negotiating with Palmeiras and my agent has received no contact from the club. I have no plans to return to Brazil right now. A hug!”
This comes just a fortnight after he admitted to Brazilian publication UOL that he had contact with Manchester United over a potential move – although he claimed he did not give much consideration to the offer.
“I had contact with Manchester United but I was not close to leaving,” he said.
“Of course, sometimes you get upset that you’re not playing. But that doesn’t mean you do not like the club or the people who work there.”