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Europa League: Expected Chelsea XI vs PAOK

Timothy Aiyeku

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West London side Chelsea will return to action again following their first defeat of the season in the hands of Tottenham at the weekend in the Premier League encounter.

The Blues still have a clean record at the Europa League and they hope to have it stretched when they clash with Greece side PAOK in Thursday’s clash.

However, the question of who to start remains a major topic knowing that manager Maurizio Sarri will not be ready to take the gamble of losing again right in the Stamford Bridge.

It has been confirmed that Belgium international Eden Hazard will be missing from the game due to the ankle injury he sustained in the game against Tottenham at the weekend.

However, Hazard could be replaced by Cesc Fabregas who will line up with Ross Barkley and Loftus-Cheek at the middle.

The defence could also have the inclusion of Gary Cahill and Andrea Christensen who are pushing for a move away from the club as a result of lack of playing time and might be joined by Emerson and Zappacosta with Kepa also expected at the goal post.

However, the forward manager Sarri could as well had an opportunity to under-firing forwards Willian, Pedro and Olivier Giroud to help them regain their form.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.