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The teams: Chelsea v Malmo

There are starts tonight for Willy Caballero, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Olivier Giroud leads the line.

As expected, Maurizio Sarri makes changes to the side beaten by Man United in the FA Cup on Monday, with a hamstring injury to Kepa providing Willy Caballero with an opportunity in goal.

Christensen partners Toni Rudiger in central defence and Emerson comes in for Marcos Alonso at left-back.

With Jorginho among the subs, both Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic join N'Golo Kante in midfield.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek returns from injury to take his place on the bench, along with 19-year-old goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, as well as Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain.

Chelsea:

Caballero; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi.

Subs: Cumming, David Luiz, Ampadu, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Higuain.

Malmo:

Dahlin, Safari, Rieks, Bachirou, Traustason, Rosenberg, Christiansen, Bengtsson, Antonsson, Nielsen, Vindheim.

Subs: Melichárek, Larsson, Binaku, Lewicki, Strandberg, Ahmedhodzic, Gall.

 

Stats recap

We are 10 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.

Our two home competitive games against Swedish opposition were against Atvidaberg in the 1971/72 Cup Winners’ Cup second round (we drew 1-1 but lost out on away goals) and against Helsingborg in the first round of the same competition 17 years later. We progressed after a 1-0 first-leg win at Stamford Bridge.

If selected Willian will make his 200th start for Chelsea in all competitions.

Eden Hazard played his 50th European game for the Blues in the first leg in Malmo. He became the 10th Chelsea player to reach that milestone behind John Terry 124, Frank Lampard 119, Petr Cech 105, Didier Drogba 74, Branislav Ivanovic 66, Ashley Cole 65, John Mikel Obi 65, Ramires 55 and Joe Cole 53.

Cesar Azpilicueta made his 300th start for the club in all competitions against Manchester United on Monday.

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