Chelsea are having a nightmare English Premier League season and now face one of the toughest tests as they host Manchester City.

Chelsea will confirm their spot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages if they can get the better of RB Salzburg.

The first leg between these two teams ended in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge back in September.

The Blues go into the game sitting atop the standings in Group E with 7 points, one more than second place Salzburg.

Chelsea beat Serie A powerhouse AC Milan by an aggregate of 5-0 to reignite their charge for the Champions League knockout rounds.

The Austrian outfit are still unbeaten in the competition after 4 games, avoiding defeat against AC Milan and Dinamo Zagreb.

Salzburg’s fate remains in their own hands ahead of the penultimate round of matches, and victory would be enough to guarantee them a place in the last 16.

Austria international Junior Adamu has scored six goals in the league for Salzburg and will be a key figure for the hosts.

Which side will all but confirm their progression into the knockout rounds? Make your predictions here.

What time does Salzburg vs Chelsea start?

The game kicks off at 7:45pm Kenyan time at the Red Bull Arena.

Salzburg vs Chelsea team news

Luka Sucic is the newest injury concern for the hosts and is expected to miss this game.

He joins Justin Omoregie, Fernando, Ousmane Diakite, Nicolas Capaldo, Sekou Koita and Dijon Kameri on the sidelines.

Benjamin Sesko is pushing for a return to the starting XI but Adamu is expected to maintain his starting role.

For the visitors, Kalidou Koulibaly suffered a knock on his knee and is doubtful for the clash, meaning Thiago Silva and Trevor Chalobah will start.

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang may have to settle for a place on the bench as Kai Havertz comes into the starting XI.

Salzburg vs Chelsea head to head

They have only ever played two matches between them and Chelsea has won once, with the other one resulting in a draw.

Salzburg vs Chelsea current form

There is nothing separating these two sides in terms of form ahead of this game.

Both sides are unbeaten in their last 5 games, winning 3 of them.

Salzburg vs Chelsea prediction

Chelsea are a different side from the one that drew 1-1 with Salzburg last time out and the visitors are tipped to hand them their first UCL defeat of the season.

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