Chelsea will look to get back on track in their Champions League Campaign this Wednesday as they play Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge.
John Terry is set to return for the Chelsea first team this Wednesday. Terry has been unable to play domestically due to his 4 game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. However – Roberto Di Matteo will want a solid defence for tonights game as he looks to re-claim top spot in Group E.
In Europe – Chelsea have started the defence of their crown well. With a 2-2 draw against Italian champions Juventus and a 4-0 thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland. However, Chelsea would go on to lose 2-0 to Shakhtar in the first fixture – Cheslea will be keen to reclaim first spot in their group.
Chelsea currently sit second of Group E in this seasons campaign – and with tonights games against first place Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea will be keen to get back to the summit of Group E in in The Champions League
Shaktar Donestk Last 5 Results – D W W W W
03/11/12 – Shaktar Donestk 2 – 1 Metalurh Zaporizhzhya
27/10/12 – Tavria Simferopol 0 – 1 Shakhtar Donetsk
19/10/12 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Illichivets Mariupol
07/10/12 – Metalist 0 – 2 Shaktar Donestk
02/10/12 – Juventus 1 – 1 Shaktar Donestk
Shaktar Donetsk Likely Line-up: Pyatov – Srna – Chygryniskiy – Rakitskiy – Rat – Hubschman – Fernandinho – Ilsinho – Mkhitaryan – Willian – Adriano
Chelsea Last 5 Results – W W L W D
3/11/12 – Swansea 1 – 1 Chelsea
31/10/12 – Chelsea 5 – 4 Man Utd
28/11/12 – Chelsea 2 – 3 Man Utd
23/10/12 – Tottenham 2 – 4 Chelsea
06/10/12 – Chelsea 4 – 1 Norwich
Chelsea Likely Line-up: Cech – Ivanovic – Luiz – Terry - Cole – Ramires – Mikel - Oscar – Mata – Hazard - Torres
Chelsea's European campaign in the 2011/2012 season proved to be a victorious one as The Blues finally got their hands on the trophy that they craved for so long. With many saying that was the spark which caused Chelsea to spend enormous amounts on a whole host of young European talent in the off season. Including the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin and Victor Moses.
Chelsea hero and legend Didier Drogba scored the equalizing goal and decisive penalty with his last kick for the club in the 2011/2012 Champions League Final to give Chelsea the victory against FC Bayern Munich
Predicted Score: 1-2
I believe similarly to the first leg Shakhtar will be too strong for Chelsea. This is a must win game for Chelsea – with Juventus likely to win against Nordsjaelland and therefore overtaking Chelsea, the Blues will need a win to stay in contention with progressing to the knock out round.
The Ukranian side dominated the last fixture at home – but playing at Stamford Bridge will give Chelsea the incentive. I expect Chelsea to score but Shakhtar to win the tie and cement themselves ast top of Group E in this seasons Champions League.