Chelsea take on Krasnodar in their final Champions League Group E match with the luxury of knowing they will qualify in top spot no matter the result.

Frank Lampard’s side have won all four matches since a 0-0 opener against Sevilla in October.

The most impressive of those results was the 4-0 win in Spain last week in which Olivier Giroud scored all four goals.

That win plus another victory against Leeds United at the weekend extended the Blues’ unbeaten run to 13 matches in all competitions, which has included eight victories in the last nine.

In the reverse fixture against Tuesday’s visitors, Chelsea scored three goals in the last 15 minutes in Russia to cruise to a 4-0 win.

So with qualification in the bag and a trip to Everton to come at the weekend, Lampard is set to rotate his squad.

So which players will the Blues boss pick to try and extend his team’s impressive run of form?

Here we predict the Chelsea starting XI to take on Krasnodar at Stamford Bridge…


Edouard Mendy has been fantastic since arriving from Rennes in the summer and has helped shore up what was previously a leaky backline. For this one though, Lampard has confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga will start his first game since the 3-3 draw with Southampton in mid-October. The Spaniard will be hoping that he can put in a steady performance as he aims to put some pressure on Mendy for a spot between the sticks.

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