Chelsea vs Ajax preview | Confirmed team news | Expected line-up’s | Predicted score

By on November 5, 2019

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Chelsea are back in Champions League action tonight as they welcome Ajax to Stamford Bridge. 

The Blues warmed up for the game with a 2-1 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening which cemented their place in the top four of the Premier League table.

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However, it’s European matters at hand tonight as Chelsea look to secure a win over Ajax that would severely boost their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Frank Lampard’s side currently sit joint top of Group H with Ajax on six points following their narrow 1-0 victory in Amsterdam two weeks ago but with Valencia just two points behind Chelsea need a win this evening to stay on course for the knockouts.

Team news

Chelsea have been handed a major boost ahead of the game as N’Golo Kante has been passed fit to return to the squad after recovering from a groin injury that’s hampered him for the past month.

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Ross Barkley is back in training after recovering from an ankle injury while Andreas Christensen is also training again following a month out with a thigh problem. However, Lampard may not risk them from the start tonight.

Antonio Rudiger remains out as he’s gone to see a specialist to help cure a niggling groin injury while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still working his way back from an Achilles injury.

Marcos Alonso is pushing for a recall at left-back while Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also hoping to feature if Lampard decides to freshen things up in attack.

Expected line-ups

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Ajax XI: Onana; Mazraoui, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico; Alvarez, Martinez; Neres, Van de Beek, Ziyech; Tadic

Predicted score

Chelsea 1-1 Ajax: Chelsea were perhaps fortunate to come away with a win in Amsterdam as the match could very easily have gone the other way on a different night. Ajax are a top class side and they’ve never lost an away Champions League match in England [W1 D3 L0]. Chelsea have also been hugely inconsistent at Stamford Bridge this season so I think this will be a tough game for the Blues. Both sides need a positive result to stay clear of Valencia but I think Chelsea may have to settle for a point tonight.

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