Chelsea vs. Rubin Kazan, Europa League: Lineups & Game Thread

What do you mean you don't know how to tie your shoelaces? - Ian Walton

Batman Torres & Robin Benayoun boiler up!

Neutrals may be a bit confused whether this match is in London or Kazan today. It snowed earlier in the day and temperatures are near freezing. Yes, it's April.

So, the weather advantage goes to the mighty Tatars of Rubin Kazan. Hopefully, the home field advantage remains with Chelsea, although as usual, Benitez may be in for a ... frosty ... reception. YEAH!

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Cech | Ryan Bertrand, John Terry, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta | Frank Lampard, Ramires | Yossi Benayoun, Juan Mata, Victor Moses | Fernando Torres

Substitutes from: Ross Turnbull, Branislav Ivanovic, Paulo Ferreira, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin

Rubin Kazan starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Sergei Ryzhikov | Cristian Ansaldi, Roman Sharonov, Cesar Navas, Vitali Kaleshin | Pablo Orbaiz, Bibras Natkho | Oleg Kuzmin, Roman Eremenko, Gokdeniz Karadeniz | Vladimir Dyadyun

Substitutes from: Giedrius Arlauskis, Ivan Marcano, Syarhey Kislyak, Aleksandr Ryazantsev, Gokhan Tore, Alan Kasaev, Salomon Rondon

Again with the early lineups for Europa, wherein John Terry returns. I can't wait for this 4-2-3-1 craze to die down.

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