Chelsea would seal in a spot in the Europa League’s Round of 32 with a victory over BATE Borisov tomorrow night.
Having won their first three matches in Group L, Maurizio Sarri’s side are currently six points clear of BATE, MOL Vidi and PAOK Salonika.
Their perfect start to the campaign makes them one of only six teams to still have a 100% record in this season’s competition.
Two weeks ago, Chelsea were 3-1 winners over BATE at Stamford Bridge, a result they will want to emulate tomorrow night in Belarus.
Ahead of their second meeting in as many weeks, we looked at average match rating statistics from WhoScored.com in the Europa League this term to devise our own BATE and Chelsea combined team and to see whether it has changed since their meeting two weeks ago.
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) 6.69
Chelsea’s Spanish club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga has kept clean sheets in two of his three appearances in this competition, only conceding a late consolation goal to Alexei Rios against BATE so far. He is one of only five goalkeepers in the Europa League to have managed two shutouts this term.
Defence: Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea) 7.43
Italian full-back Davide Zappacosta has provided six key passes across his three appearances, the third most of any defender in this competition. He also has one assist, creating Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s opener against BATE.
Defence: Egor Filipenko (BATE Borisov) 6.94
Egor Filipenko has made 21 clearances in his three appearances, the seventh-highest amount from across the Europa League.
Defence: Emerson (Chelsea) 7.64
Brazilian defender Emerson has completed all nine of his attempted dribbles, two more than any other player to have played only two matches and the second most in the entire competition, only behind Rangers midfielder, Ryan Kent (14).
Midfield: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) 8.43
After scoring a hat-trick against BATE, Loftus-Cheek is the tournament’s highest-rated player to have played two or more matches and is also the joint-second top goalscorer, only behind Red Bull Salzburg’s Munas Dabbur (5).
Midfield: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) 7.42
Mateo Kovacic and Loftus-Cheek’s total of seven dribbles in their two games makes them the tied-second most frequent dribblers in the Europa League from players with only two appearances to their name. The Croatian also possesses the sixth-highest passes per match average (85.5).
Midfield: Ross Barkley (Chelsea) 7.32
Ross Barkley created Willian’s winner against PAOK back in September and has also made the joint-fourth most key passes in the Chelsea squad (5).
Midfield: Igor Stasevich (BATE Borisov) 7.02
Igor Stasevich has assisted two of BATE’s four goals in this competition, only Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz and Genk defender Joakim Mahie (both 3) have created more.
Forward: Willian (Chelsea) 8.33
Willian’s average match rating of 8.33 out of 10 makes him the second-highest rated player to have played all three games, only behind Dabbur. He also has the joint-most star man awards (2), most key passes (14) and the joint-third most assists (2).
Forward: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) 7.25
Despite scoring just once and only playing twice, Alvaro Morata has attempted 15 shots, one more than any other player.
Forward: Pedro (Chelsea) 7.19
Completing the side is Spanish winger Pedro, who has been fouled five times, the joint-most out of the Chelsea squad.