Expected Blues XI for Europa League trip to PAOK, Sarri to name 4-3-3?

CHELSEA go away to PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday night – but who will start for the Blues?

Maurizio Sarri made it five wins out of five in the Premier League on Saturday.

Up against Neil Warnock’s newly-promoted Cardiff side at Stamford Bridge, they fell behind early on when Sol Bamba tapped home from inside the box.

That was before Eden Hazard stole the show; first levelling the score after some neat interplay with Olivier Giroud, before scoring from close range, albeit with the help of a deflection, to give Chelsea the lead heading into the break.

The Belgian then completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time, with substitute Willian sealing the rout by producing a wonderful long-range strike three minutes later.

Next up for the Blues is a trip to PAOK in their opening Europa League tie on Thursday night.

PAOK – whose owner Ivan Savvidis infamously stormed the pitch with a gun back in March – are one of the top four clubs in Greece.

But Sarri is expected to spring a number of changes in what should be a routine victory for the Blues.

Willy Caballero is likely to come in for Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal; sitting behind a back four of Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill and Emerson.

In midfield – with Mateo Kovacic and Cesc Fabregas doubts – Chelsea are expected to deploy a trio of Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Kovacic hobbled off with a knock in the win over Cardiff on Saturday, yet Sarri has insisted it is not a serious injury.

Hat-trick hero Hazard should be rested for this outing, meaning Sarri will most likely start Pedro and Willian out wide.

And Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line after being dropped for Olivier Giroud on Saturday.