Predicted Chelsea lineup (4-3-3) vs BATE Borisov, Hazard and Giroud start
Chelsea will be aiming to cement the top position in their Europa League group when they make the trip to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov on Thursday night. The Blues are currently on a 16-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has remained the first-choice for both the Premier League and Europa League duties and he should retain his position between the sticks for the Belarus trip.
In defence, an overhaul is expected with Davide Zappacosta and Emerson occupying the right and left-back positions whilst Andreas Christensen and club-captain Gary Cahill should make up the heart of the backline.
Onto the midfield, Sarri is likely to return to the same lineup which prevailed against BATE last time around and this should witness Cesc Fabregas, Mateo Kovacic and hat-trick hero Ruben Loftus-Cheek featuring in the centre of the park.
In the attack, Eden Hazard may feature from the off on the left wing, having just returned after his absence from a back problem. Elsewhere, Pedro could be deployed on the opposite flank with Olivier Giroud leading the line in the search for his first Blues goal of the season.