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Pick and share your Chelsea side to beat PAOK

 • by Adam Newson
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Chelsea begin their Europa League campaign with a trip to Greece to take on last season’s Superleague runners-up PAOK.

The Blues have started the season in fine form under Maurizio Sarri, winning their opening five Premier League games. But the Italian may opt to rotate his side in Thessaloniki.

That could mean the likes of Ethan Ampadu being handed his first start of the campaign and young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi being given the opportunity to impress.

However, there is a decision to be made as if the duo – and goalkeeper Marcin Bulka – feature in three Europa League games this season then they will be ineligible to feature in the UEFA Youth League going forward.

Chelsea may feel it would benefit the trio’s development to feature in that competition this season, which could mean they are not included against PAOK.

The likes of Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – if fit – should start, however, and will be supported by several other of the Blues’ squad players.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Chelsea side it believes will start the game.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, and the statistical likelihood of a player being selected. The widget can also show you players’ recent form and stats.

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