The Blues have flourished under the guidance of Frank Lampard since mid-September and they have the chance to beat Ajax on the road this evening to enhance their prospects of making the knockout stage of the competition.
The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Fikayo Tomori have all made an impression since breaking into the first-team, helping Lampard's team to a five-game winning run in all competitions heading into their Champions League clash with Ajax.
Barkley picked up an ankle injury against Newcastle on Saturday and Kante missed that game because of a groin problem.
Genk won the Belgian title in impressive fashion last season, but the exit of coach Philippe Clement has left his replacement Felice Mazzu facing a big challenge to live up to expectations, with a shocking 6-2 defeat in their opening Champions League game and stuttering form in the Belgian league denting confidence. Both teams are blessed with goals so the over 2.5 goals seems like a good wager.
"And everyone got carried away a little in the short term. I only focus on Ajax".
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"They are doing well, their philosophy, like the manager said, they want to play from the back", said Blind, who has experience of playing against Chelsea from his time at Old Trafford.
The new-look Blues, reinvigorated by an injection of youth, begin a doubleheader with Group H leaders Ajax, on Wednesday.
Rudiger and Christensen are two of a string of Chelsea absentees which includes midfield lynchpin N'Golo Kante and another academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with Barkley and Cesar Azpilicueta also doubts for Ajax.
The Dutch are averaging three goals per game in Eredivisie, where they sit atop of the table with eight wins from ten.
Erik ten Hag also has Dutchman Donny van de Beek at his disposal if the game requires a new source of life.
Quincy Promes has scored in both and the Dutch internationalist is 13/5 (Betfair) to make it three in a row.