Preview: FC Krasnodar vs Chelsea | Champions League

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Chelsea travel to Russia on Wednesday evening to take on FC Krasnodar in the Champions League group stage searching for their first victory in this season's campaign.

Frank Lampard's side drew their opening group game against Sevilla in a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.


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Lampard will be without Kepa Arrizabalaga and Thiago Silva in Russia. Kepa is currently a nursing a shoulder problem while Silva has been left in London after the Blues boss decided to protect the Brazilian due to all the travelling. 

Billy Gilmour remains out but is expected to return to the first-team in a few weeks. 



Lampard's side away form in Europe was blistering in the group stage. Wins at Ajax and Lille on the road while getting a draw at Valencia, the Blues have proved their worth away from home in Europe. 

With Krasnodar depleted following several injuries to key players, it is the perfect opportunity for Lampard's men to claim their first win of the group stages.

Prediction: FC Krasnodar 1-3 Chelsea


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