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Chelsea have had a perfect start to the season, winning five out of five Premier League games so far, and the Blues have been playing scintillating football all the way.

Up next for Chelsea is a Europa League game against PAOK Salonika on Thursday at the Stadio Toumbas Stadium.

Maurizio Sarri is expected to make changes to his favoured starting eleven that he has used in the league so far, and give chances to players who are yet to feature this season.

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin is expecting a different game in Greece and also expects the boss to hand out opportunities to some players who are yet to feature this season.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “So roll on the Europa League and the visit to PAOK Salonika. This should be a totally different tie in just about every way; obviously being in Greece makes it totally different for a start regarding the style and the atmosphere.

“Personally I have an enduring love affair with that country and visit at least once every year to the mainland or one of its islands. The climate, the food and most importantly the people are fabulous. They are also hugely passionate about their football and the visit of the Blues to the east coast will be highly welcomed.

“It will also be a welcome chance of a start for many players who understandably can’t get near the team just now. Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta and others could be in the form of their lives right now, but it makes no odds, the current team is flying and there is no obvious need to change it. Ethan Ampadu like the others must be itching for a game so this is surely a chance to get most, if not all of them some serious competitive football. It is in no way devaluing the competition if we make those changes because the standard of the players who might come in are clearly top-level Premier League with absolutely no exceptions.”

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