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The teams: Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev

TEAM NEWS! David Luiz Captains The Blues!

Olivier Giroud returns to the side and makes his 50th Chelsea appearance.

Kepa Arrizabalaga continues in goal and with rests given to Cesar Azpilicueta and Toni Rudiger, David Luiz will play alongside Andreas Christensen and there is a start for Davide Zappacosta. 

Pedro and Willian complete the front three. David Luiz is captain.

Dynamo make changes from their last Europa League game with Serhiy Sydorchuk and Nazariy Rusyn coming in for Benjamin Verbic and Fran Sol.

Chelsea: Kepa; Zappacosta, David Luiz (c), Christensen, Alonso; Barkley, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Giroud, Pedro.

Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Hazard, Higuain.

Dynamo: Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Shabanov, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk (c), Shepeliev; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Buyalskiy; Rusyn.

Subs: Bushchan, Sidcley, Andriyevskiy, Garmash, Tsitaishvili, Smyrnyi, Kadar.

Today's referee is Slavko Vincic from Slovenia.

Stats recap

Chelsea have won our past seven Europa League matches at Stamford Bridge by an aggregate score of 20-4

Chelsea have won 82 (69.5%) of our European home games and lost just eight of 118 matches played at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have scored in each of our last 35 home games in European competition, netting 91 goals in the process (2.6 per game). The last occasion we failed to score was against Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final in April 2011.

We are 11 games unbeaten in the Europa League. Our 2-2 draw at Vidi on matchday six ended a run of eight successive wins. Our last defeat in the competition was 2-3 at Rubin Kazan in the 2013 quarter-final second leg after we won 3-1 at the Bridge.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one of only two players to have scored a hat-trick in this season’s Europa League. The other is Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino.

Dynamo Kiev have won both league games since the return from their winter break. On Saturday they won 2-1 away to Desna.

Dynamo have not missed a single season of European competition since 1990.

They have lost just one of their eight Europa League games this season, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

Dynamo Kiev are winless in their last 10 away knockout games in the Europa League, since beating Besiktas in February 2011.

Kiev have lost twice on the road in their last 12 matches in all European competition (four wins, six draws).

Dynamo Kiev have never won a European match on English soil. They have drawn three and lost 11 of their 14 previous visits.




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