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Chelsea’s Champions League campaign will get underway on Tuesday with a trip to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb.

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The Blues have had some disappointing results recently but put an end to that with a 2-1 victory over West Ham, and Thomas Tuchel will hope to use that as a building block as his team seek to return to their best.

They’re up against a Zagreb side that are unbeaten in their eight league games this season and have lost just once since February in all competitions.

Here’s all you need to know about this one.

Ante Cacic is expected to return to a side similar to the one which saw off Bodo/Glimt in the European qualifiers, having rested a number of his starters for the recent victory over Rijeka.

Dinamo Zagreb Starting 11: Livakovic; Ristovski, Sutalo, Peric, Ljubicic; Spikic, Ademi, Ivanusec, Orsic; Petkovic, Baturina
Bench: Nevistic, Zagorac, Dilaver, Stefulj, Moharrami, Lauritsen, Misic, Marin, Drmic, Emreli

Chelsea have confirmed that neither Thiago Silva or N’Golo Kante have made the trip to Zagreb.

In the squad, however, are potential debutants Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria – though neither are expected to feature just yet – as well as young midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka.

Chelsea Starting 11: Mendy; Fofana, Koulibaly, Cucurella; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Chilwell; Mount, Sterling; Broja
Bench: Kepa, Bettinelli, Azpilicueta, Chalobah, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Gallagher, Pulisic, Ziyech, Havertz, Chukwuemeka

Zagreb are a threat going forwards, with Mislav Orsic a well-known threat from the left wing, and they’ll expect to score at least once against Chelsea’s nervy defence.

The Blues, despite their unconvincing form, are the stronger side in this one and they’ll hope to use this game as somewhat of a confidence boost, although they cannot afford to get complacent. Tuchel needs his players to be switched on in search of victory.

If the Chelsea squad do their jobs, they’ll win this one, but as they’ve shown recently, they love to make hard work of these sorts of games.

Prediction: Dinamo Zagreb 1-2 Chelsea

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