Chelsea will be looking to take a step towards the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League when they face Ajax at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The Blues and the Dutch side are tied on six points at the top of Group H, although Frank Lampard’s men face two of their final three group opponents on home soil.
Chelsea will welcome French midfielder N’Golo Kante back to the squad following injury but both Andreas Christensen and Ross Barkley are not yet ready to return. Long-term absentees Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek continue to be sidelined with their respective injury problems.
Eredivisie outfit Ajax arrive in South West London with virtually a fully fit squad available for selection. Erik ten Hag’s side have been in excellent form since being defeated 1-0 by The Blues at the Johan Cruijff Arena 13 days ago. They beat Feyenoord 4-0 at home before recording a 4-2 victory at PEC Zwolle on Friday evening.
Michy Batshuayi was The Blues’ hero in The Netherlands a little under a fortnight ago. He netted the winning goal just four minutes from time as Chelsea recorded their best victory to date under new boss Lampard.
This evening’s match is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm and will be screened live on BT Sport 2.