Bottom-placed Chelsea take on table-toppers AC Milan in Group E of the UEFA Champions League 2022-23 at Stamford Bridge, London. The match is scheduled to commence at 12:15 AM IST on October 6.
AC Milan have made a decent start to their UEFA Champions League 2022-23 campaign with a win and a draw apiece from two matches so far. They drew their fixture against Salzburg before defeating Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 on matchday two.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are languishing at the bottom of the pile after one draw and one loss from their two encounters. They suffered a shock defeat against Dinamo Zagreb, followed by an underwhelming performance in a 1-1 draw versus Salzburg.
CHE vs MIL Dream11 prediction
Even though Chelsea have been far from their best in this season so far, they have shown signs of improvement under new boss Graham Potter.
Meanwhile, AC Milan will travel with a depleted squad as several first-team players have been missing through injuries, giving head coach Stafano Pioli a selection headache.
The two sides have met only twice in UEFA Champions League. In the 1999/00 season, the two teams were drawn in the same group stage. Both the games ended in a stalemate.
However, they have met eight times since then in non-competitive matches, with the Blues leading 5-3 in head-to-head matchups. Hence, the English outfit can be expected to notch their first win of the campaign in the UEFA Champions League 2022-23.
CHE vs MIL Dream11 team tips for UEFA Champions League 2022-23
Top tip: Best forward
AC Milan striker Rafael Leao will be the best pick from the available forwards. The 23-year-old has scored four goals along with as many assists in seven starts in Serie A. He has two assists so far this UCL campaign. Hence, his form makes him the overwhelming choice among fantasy managers.
Top tip: Best midfielder
Chelsea youngster Mason Mount is a top choice among midfielders. Although the Englishman hasn’t contributed significantly in terms of goals or assists, he has amassed 32 points each in the two games and would be raring to find the back of the net in this clash, making him the player with most ownership in fantasy teams (over 90%).
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
The Blues’ full-back Reece James will be our recommendation from the defenders’ roster. The Chelsea academy product has been an important player on the right flank of the pitch and has the ability and the vision to put in dangerous crosses that will test the opposition defence. The 8.5-credit man has one goal and an assist so far in the Premier League.
With AC Milan’s first-choice keeper out injured and very little known about the backup Ciprian Tatarusanu, Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga gets the nod in the fantasy teams. He has done well to pip Edouard Mendy as the Blue’s preferred goalie. The Spanish international has started all three contests under the new manager and will look to continue his decent comeback between the sticks.
CHE vs MIL probable playing XI
Chelsea (4-4-2): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Kai Havertz; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling
AC Milan (4-2-3-1): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Sergino Dest, Pierre Kalulu, Fikayo Tomori, Fode Ballo-Toure; Sandro Tonali, Ismael Bennacer; Rade Krunic, Charles De Ketelaere, Rafael Leao; Olivier Giroud
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