Chelsea vs AC Milan: Champions League preview

Ahead of the first of two games between Group E’s biggest teams, the Blues are still looking for their first win while Milan are juggling a host of injuries in their squad.

Graham Potter’s first game in charge was a frustrating draw with RB Salzburg, so victory on Wednesday would lay down a welcome – and much-needed points-wise – early marker in his tenure.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Chelsea vs AC Milan is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Stamford Bridge will host the match.

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Where to watch Chelsea vs AC Milan

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2 and Ultimate, with coverage starting at 7pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: You can follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.

Chelsea vs AC Milan team news

Chelsea are again expected to be without goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and midfielder N’Golo Kante, with the pair struggling with knee and thigh injuries respectively.

Marc Cucurella is hopeful of overcoming illness to make the squad, and Carney Chukwuemeka could join him. There remain doubts over Jorginho’s fitness.

AC Milan are struggling with what Italian media are describing as an “injury crisis” and may have to turn to youngsters to make up a full squad.

Mike Maignan, Junior Messias, Theo Hernandez, Divock Origi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alessandro Florenzi have already been ruled out, and Davide Calabria, Simon Kjaer and Alexis Saelemaekers could join them on the sidelines. Former Blues forward Olivier Giroud should feature.

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Chelsea vs AC Milan prediction

Chelsea are still finding their feet under Graham Potter, while Milan’s injury struggles have contributed to an inconsistent start to their season.

This is the first of a double-header between the two group favourites, and either side will have to be at their best to win, which currently neither are.

A 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Chelsea wins: 1

Draws: 3

AC Milan wins: 1

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