13min: What a chance for Qarabag! A neat one-two cuts open the Chelsea defence in the box and it allows Michel to steal in only to hit the bar from close range, before the follow up volley is struck off target.
It’s Michel who really should score there though. That’s a huge let-off for the Blues after some excellent Qarabag play.
12min: A first corner for Chelsea but despite Cesc Fabregas’s outswinger picking out David Luiz, the defender under pressure can only nod well over the bar.
9min: Chelsea have started to see more of the ball but Qarabag are not showing much fear in these early stages as they dangerously counter down the left.
Cesar Azpilicueta chases over though to execute a clean slide tackle though and clear the danger.
A few loose touches from the Blues (playing in white) so far, with Davide Zappacosta and and Cesc Fabregas guilty of a communication break down before Qarabag see a shot blocked.
The chelsea team line up for a photo prior to their UEFA Champions League clash at Qarabag
6min: Half-chance for Chelsea as Willian’s squared pass deflects into the path of Pedro whose poor first touch turns into a good lay-off for Cesc Fabregas, with the midfielder’s low 20-yard drive straight at Ibrahim Sehic.
3min: Not much to get the pulses racing so far. Qarabag are seeing more of the ball but are being very cautious with it as Chelsea look happy to sit off.
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A quick reminder that Chelsea will reach the last-16 with victory tonight. Plenty inside the Baku Olympic Stadium that can hold just shy of 70,000
Chelsea opened their Champions League campaign this season with a 6-0 win over Qarabag, here’s a reminder of the events from that night…
Chelsea kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 6-0 win over Qarabag
7 – Each of Chelsea’s last seven away goals in the Champions League have been scored by different players (Batshuayi, Morata, Mikel, Zouma, Oscar, Willian and Cahill). Spread.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 22, 2017
‘I think we played a really good game against Qarabag and after the game they improved a lot,’ Conte told BT Sport.
‘They have drawn twice against Atletico. We have to pay great attention tonight.
‘Every game I have to take he best decision for the team. We play a lot of gamess and rotation is normal for my squad. And today I decide this way. [Alvaro Morata] is another choice. You must understand you have to rotate your squad.’
Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League game
N'Golo Kante starts in the Blues midfield for the clash at Qarabag
The Chelsea team warm up prior to the UEFA Champions League match at the Olympic Stadium
The Blues will progress to the last-16 if they win in Azerbaijan
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev, Fernandes, Vasili Berezutski, Vasin, Ignashevich, Schennikov, Natcho, Golovin, Vitinho, Wernbloom, Dzagoev.
Subs: Pomazun, Nababkin, Chalov, Gordyushenko, Zhamaletdinov, Kuchaev, Olanare.
Benfica: Bruno Varela, Andre Almeida, Jardel, Luisao, Eliseu, Pizzi, Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Salvio, Jonas, Goncalves.
Subs: Duarte, Lopez, Samaris, Jimenez, Seferovic, Zivkovic, Cervi.
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
While Chelsea fans couldn’t care less about the goings on at Group A right now, Manchester United fans will have one eye on events in Moscow.
Should CSKA fail to beat Benfica then Manchester United will qualify for the last-16 this evening without even kicking a ball.
Benfica will be out of Europe if they fail to win.
Chelsea will be through if they win this evening, while Qarabag must clinch victory to stand any chance of progressing from the group.
If Qarabag lose and Atletico Madrid win against Roma later on then the Azerbaijani side will be eliminated from Europe altogether.
Qarabag: Sehic, Medvedev, Sadygov, Rzezniczak, Agolli, Guerrier, Almeida, Garayev, Madatov, Michel, Ndlovu.
Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Amirguliyev, Ismayilov, Yunuszadze, Sheydaev, Diniyev, Quintana.
Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Willian, Alonso, Pedro, Hazard.
Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Morata, Bakayoko, Cahill, Christensen, Sterling.
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (Lisbon)
Alvaro Morata (left), Willy Caballero (centre) and Marcos Alonso walk back to the dressing room
The Chelsea trio had been inspecting the pitch at the Baku Olympic Stadium
Eden Hazard of Chelsea arrives ahead of the UEFA Champions League tie
Alvaro Morata drops to the Chelsea bench at the Baku Olympic Stadium
N'Golo Kante (left) and Antonio Rudiger of Chelsea both start in the 5pm GMT kick-off
ADAM SHERGOLD: Antonio Conte’s side thrashed their opponents 6-0 at Stamford Bridge back in September but Qarabag have had their confidence boosted by back-to-back draws with Atletico Madrid and will fancy their chances of springing a surprise.
Here’s everything you need to know about Chelsea’s next opponents.
Qarabag stunned Atletico Madrid by gaining a point in their last Champions League match
Interesting team selection from Antonio Conte who has left out a conventional striker by making four changes from the 4-0 win at West Bromwich Albion.
Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz come into the back three at the expense of Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill, while Willian and Pedro also come into the side as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata make way.
Courtois, Alonso, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Pedro.
Which means as an added bonus we will also have one eye on CSKA Moscow vs Benfica, and the latest episode of ‘What minute will Igor Aknfeev concede in? (Check the CSKA keeper’s clean sheet record in the Champions League.)
An early kick-off in about as far east as you can get in European competition is the stuff many Europa League ties are made of after all.
But make no mistake, this is a Champions League game and it’s a rather important one too as Chelsea look to seal a last-16 place when they take on Qarabag. Good evening all and welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of all the action from the Baku Olympic Stadium*.
*No, I don’t know why it’s called the Olympic Stadium either. The Baku Olympics must have skipped my radar.
The Blues are second in the group behind Roma but can seal progression by claiming all three points at one of the tournament’s minnows.
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