MICHAEL OWEN EXPECTS CHELSEA TO HAVE AN EASY GAME AGAINST DYNAMO KIEV

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Chelsea defeated Dynamo Kiev 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Thursday last week, in the first leg Europa League round of 16 tie.

The Ukraine side welcome Chelsea to the NSC Olimpiyskiy for the second leg on Thursday evening.

Chelsea have a comfortable lead from the first leg with Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi scoring the goals to give Chelsea a nice cushion.

Although the victory last week wasn’t all that easy, Michael Owen is expecting to Chelsea to do what’s required and go through to the next round of the Europa League.

He said: “Chelsea have a comfortable lead from the first leg and I feel they will do more than enough in Kiev to qualify for the last eight.

“The Blues dropped two valuable points at home to Wolves on Sunday, but it is possible that Eden Hazard’s late equaliser against Wolves will be vital come the end of the season.”

90 percent of teams who won by three goals in the first leg of a Europa League tie have progressed to the second round.

The first leg result can ensure Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri rest some players ahead of a trip to Everton on Sunday afternoon.

The match at Goodison Park will be a tricky fixture, and following the draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers over the weekend, Chelsea can’t afford to drop any more points in the race for the top four.

The likes of Marcos Alonso, Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud could be given starts, as Sarri will want to rest Gonzalo Higuain, either David Luiz or Antonio Rudiger, Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri and N’Golo Kante.

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