It has been a limited past with this part of Europe so far. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the story so far...
We have history
Chelsea have never previously played any team in Belarus, either in European competition or friendlies. BATE are the 80th club the Blues have faced in Europe from the 31st different country.
Our only previous encounter with BATE was a fortnight ago, with young homegrown Ruben Loftus-Cheek taking most of the plaudits. Watch the highlights of that 3-1 victory here.
Charlie Cooke-inspired Chelsea were 6-0 victors over Jimmy Armfield’s Bolton in a League Cup round-four replay at Burnden Park on 8 November 1971. The hat-trick hero was Tommy Baldwin, with Cooke (pictured below) opening the scoring, and John Hollins grabbing two.
BATE’s biggest home win in Europe:
28/07/05 BATE 5-0 Torpedo Kutaisi UEFA Cup first qual 2nd leg
Chelsea’s biggest away win in Europe:
15/09/71 Jeunesse Hautcharage 0-8 Chelsea Cup Winners’ Cup 1st rd 1st leg
Matchday 3 line up
CHELSEA 3 BATE BORISOV 1
Europa League group stage, Stamford Bridge, 25.10.18
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Cahill (c), Christensen, Emerson; Kovacic (Kanté 77), Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 60), Giroud, Willian (Moses 57)
Unused subs Caballero, Rüdiger, Barkley, Morata. Injured Ampadu, Hazard
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Scorer Loftus-Cheek 2, 8, 53
BATE Borisov (4-1-4-1) Scherbitski; Rios, Filipovic, Filipenko, Volodko; Dragun; Skavysh, Baga (Yablonski 76), Hleb (Ivanic 58), Stasevich (c); Signevich (Tuominen 71)
Unused subs Chichkan, Berezkin, Volkov, Moukam. Manager Aleksei Baga
Booked Hleb 34
Scorer Rios 79
Referee Paolo Mazzoleni (Italy)