CHELSEA take on AC Milan in their third Champions League clash TONIGHT… and they desperately need a win.
The Blues are winless in European competition so far this term, having lost their opener with Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.
Start time: 8pm GMT
TV/Live stream: BT Sport 2
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Fofana, Silva, Koulibaly, James, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Chilwell, Mount, Sterling, Aubameyang
AC Milan XI: Tatarusanu, Dest, Kalulu, Tomori, Ballo-Toure, Bennacer, Tonali, Krunic, De Ketelaere, Leao, Giroud
Follow ALL the action with our live blog below…
Are you ready?
The players are out and we are ready to get underway.
Ten minute warning
There are just ten minutes until kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Grab your snacks, maybe a cold one, and settle down for 90 minutes of watching some brilliant footballers on show…
Aubameyang looking sharp.
Well, he looked sharp at the weekend with his goal against Crystal Palace, but he looks even sharper tonight.
Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand were as impressed with the comeback of his hairline as they were with his goal scoring form in the build up to this game which saw the pre-match analysis we know and love…
His hairline has come back, as has his pace’
Drama in Salzburg!
Well the other game in this group has not disappointed, as Zagreb think they have made it 1-1 in the 93rd minute via former Norwich striker Josep Drmic.
Unfortunately his goal was ruled out for offside, and Salzburg have seen this game out for a 1-0 win.
FT. Salzburg 1-0 Dinamo Zagreb
This is a really tough one to call, and is arguably the most appealing fixture to watch even as a neutral out of tonight’s games.
At SunSport, we are going to back The Blues for a home victory, as they look to keep AC Milan out at the Bridge.
We are going to put a 2-0 win out there for Chelsea, just on a hunch, although it is very likely we could be proved wrong, as AC Milan have some expert finishers in their ranks, such as Leao and Giroud…
What do you think?
Arriving in style…
Fashion and football are synonymous in the modern world, as two cultural staples have been intertwined so often in recent years.
We have seen collaborations between brands such as PSG and Jordan, Daily Paper and Ajax and many more, but perhaps none as beautiful as when AC Milan rocked up to Stamford Bridge yesterday.
The Italian outfit have teamed up with Off-White, the luxury fashion label founded by Virgil Abloh, to provide the team with pre-match gear and to dress the players in terms of formalwear.
The players went out on the pitch yesterday in stunning Off-White varsity jackets, and arrived in a team bus that read “Players Inside” in the brands signature font.
Chelsea fans will be hoping that their performance tonight is not as good as their style…
An update from Austria…
Salzburg have taken the lead in the other game in this group, a penalty from Noah Okafor sees them go top of the group for now.
RB Salzburg 1-0 Dinimo Zagreb. (75.)
Tonight’s odds from Betfair
Here are the prices for today’s two teams courtesy of bookies Betfair.
Chelsea to win 7/10
AC Milan victory 4/1
Formation fluidity from Potter.
Since his arrival from Brighton, we have seen the British boss use a mixture of a 3-5-2 and a 4-2-2-2 formation, similar to what he did in his time at The Seagulls.
It looks to be the former today, with a back three of Fofana, Koulibaly and Thiago Silva, as Koulibaly plays his first game under Potter.
Koulibaly will be familiar with the Rossoneri, after he spent his best years so far playing in Italy with Napoli.
Jorginho and Kai Havertz are both out as injury doubts despite being named on the bench, and that is potentially the reason for the change alongside wanting more strength in the defensive areas.
Jorginho is replaced by Ruben Loftus Cheek in midfield, who will provide a physical presence and plenty of running.
Kepa keeps his place.
Well Edouard Mendy was fit to start this one as he returned from injury this week, but Graham Potter has decided to stick with big money signing Kepa Arrizabalaga for tonight’s clash.
Kepa has clearly impressed Graham Potter in his unbeaten start to life at Chelsea, and looks to have been given a clean slate by the new boss.
Mendy on the other hand, has been below his brilliant best this season, but will be keen to fight for his place in the side.
AC Milan’s starting XI…
This is how AC Milan will look to take three points away from Stamford Bridge…
Your Chelsea starting XI…
This is how Chelsea line up for tonight’s huge UCL clash…
A cult hero returns…
Another familiar face at Stamford Bridge tonight is that of the beloved Olivier Giroud.
The handsome hitman was a fans favourite in South West London, and will look to mark his return with a goal.
For The Blues, he scored 18 European goals, and was pivotal in their Europa League win, as well as playing his part in the 2020 Champions League win.
Whilst now an experienced striker, he has proved this season he has not lost any ability in his older years, scoring four goals in eight games this season in Serie A.
Coming back to bite?
There will be some familiar faces tonight at Stamford Bridge, with the two clubs having some players in common for tonight’s game.
Fikayo Tomori is someone who came through The Blues famous Cobham academy, and looked set for stardom at Stamford Bridge ever since he was a key part of Frank Lampard’s side when he was in charge.
Unfortunately it didn’t work out like that for Fik, but a move to AC Milan has seen him become one of the most coveted centre-backs in the world, and he will be keen to prove that when he comes home tonight.
Good evening! Welcome to Chelsea vs AC Milan!
Good evening football fans, and welcome to SunSport’s coverage of today’s 8pm kick-off, Chelsea vs AC Milan in the Champions League.
AC Milan are in the capital today and will be hoping to pick up another three points in their Champions League run.
Chelsea currently sit at the BOTTOM of their UCL group, as Salzburg vs Dinimo Zagreb is currently still at 0-0 in the early kick-off.
AC Milan, on the other hand, are sitting in 1st and are currently unbeaten after facing the same opposition as The Blues.
They will be hoping today that Rafael Leao and Alexis Saelemaekers can continue their fantastic European form, although this will surely be the sides toughest test so far.
We are set for a brilliant game, with some of the brightest talents in Europe on display. We hope you enjoy all the entertainment that is on offer to continue a brilliant Champions League night under the lights…