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How Chelsea could line up against Dynamo Kiev

Sports Mole looks at how Chelsea could line up for the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Dynamo Kiev.

Chelsea's two-pronged assault on earning Champions League football next season switches to the Europa League on Thursday night when they host Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

A top-four spot in the Premier League remains in their own hands despite sitting sixth in the table, with a game in hand providing them the chance to overhaul the two-point gap to fourth.

Further progress in Europe would help to ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri, though, and the Blues will be hopeful of building a commanding first-leg lead on Thursday ahead of next week's trip to Ukraine.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Sarri could set his side out for the match.



Possible CHE XI vs. DYN

Out: Danny Drinkwater (Achilles), Marco van Ginkel (knee)
Doubtful: None

Changes are expected from Chelsea despite back-to-back London derby wins, and that could start in goal with Willy Caballero likely to be given the nod despite the row between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Sarri having now been squashed.

The likes of Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri and Oliver Giroud have largely had to wait for this competition in order to get some first-team football lately, and all three are in line to feature again on Thursday.

Fans will also be hopeful of seeing promising duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, the latter of whom scored in the last round.

As a result of the changes, high-profile players such as Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain and N'Golo Kante could all be rested, although they are likely to be brought along as part of the squad in case Chelsea need help off the bench.

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in action during the EFL Cup final against Manchester City on February 24, 2019
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2Manchester CityMan City30242479215874
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs30201957322561
4Arsenal30186663392460
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd30177658401858
6Chelsea30176750331757
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13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3198143140-935
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16Southampton3079143450-1630
17Burnley3186173559-2430
18Cardiff CityCardiff3084182757-3028
19Fulham3145222970-4117
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