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Chelsea will kick-start their Europa League campaign on Thursday against PAOK as they look to extend their winning streak to six under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues missed out in a spot for this season’s Champions League having finished below the top four last term under Antonio Conte for the second time in three seasons.

PAOK have also enjoyed a 100% start in the Greek top flight, although the club did miss out on a place in the Champions’ League group stages with a heavy aggregate defeat to Benfica.

What time is PAOK vs Chelsea kick-off?

PAOK vs Chelsea kicks off at 5.55pm BST on Thursday, 20 September.

Both Team News:

Sarri could also give game time to the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Cesc Fabregas is a doubt with a knee injury.

Former Arsenal frontman Akpom will likely have to hope for a chance off the bench with the former England Under-21 international yet to make a start for PAOK.

Omar El Kaddouri – who was at Napoli during Sarri’s spell at the club – should line up behind Prijovic in the final third.

PAOK possible starting lineup:
Paschalakis; Matos, Crespo, Varela, Freitas; Silveira Junior, Canas; Lima, El Kaddouri, Biseswar; Prijovic

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Moses, Christensen, Cahill, Palmieri; Ampadu, Fabregas, Barkley, Zappacosta, Pedro, Morata


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