Chelsea take the long flight to Russia as they lock horns with Russian side Krasnador in Matchday Two of the Champions League.
The Blues opened their Champions League campaign with a goalless draw at home to Sevilla, their first such result under Frank Lampard, as the Blues finally showed some solidity in defence. They followed it up with another goalless draw in the Premier League, this time away to Man Utd, and Chelsea will be hopeful they can start turning the stalemates into wins starting with their trip to Russia.
Krasnodar and Chelsea will meet for the first time on Wednesday. Krasnador are currently leading Group E thanks to an away goal in their 1-1 draw at Rennes on Matchday One. The Russian outfit are unbeaten in their previous two encounters against English opposition, with both games coming against Everton in 2012/13 Europa League campaign. The Blues have won five of their six European fixtures against Russian sides, winning all four Champions League outings.
Krasnodar will be without a number of key players for this match such as Remy Cabella and Evgeniy Markov, both of whom tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Sergey Petrov and Dmitri Stotskiy are also sidelined, while there are doubts over Wanderson and Ruslan Kambolov.
RECENT FORM(ALL COMPETITIONS)
October 24, 2020- Russian Premier League- FC Krasnodar 1 – 3 FK Spartak Moscow
October 20, 2020- UEFA Champions League- Stade Rennais FC 1 – 1 FC Krasnodar
October 17, 2020- Russian Premier League- FC Krasnodar 3 – 1 FK Rubin Kazan
October 4, 2020- Russian Premier League- FK Dinamo Moscow 2 – 0 FC Krasnodar
September 30, 2020- UEFA Champions League- PAOK Thessaloniki 1 – 2 FC Krasnodar