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Shakhtar Donestk v Chelsea: Match Preview
Published : 23 Oct 2012 16:34:13Rss feed
John Terry will be asked by UEFA to wear an anti-racism armband as he captains Chelsea against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Terry was fined £220,000 by the Football Assosciation for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Not appealing the decision – Terry faced a four game domestic ban, but can still represent Chelsea in Champions League games.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck told talkSPORT: “John will continue to be captain of the club – We have taken disciplinary action and we think it is firm disciplinary action and appropriate for the circumstances.”
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.
Chelsea currently sit top of Group E in this seasons campaign – and with tonights games against second place Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea will be keen to increase their lead over the remainder of their group.
Shakhtar Donestk Last 5 Results – W W D W W
19/10/12 – Shakhtar Donestk 2 – 1 Illichivets
07/10/12 – Metalist 0 – 2 Shakhtar Donestk
02/10/12 – Juventus 1 – 1 Shakhtar Donestk
28/09/12 – Shaktar Donetsk 2 – 1 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
23/09/12 – Shaktar Donetsk 4 – 1 Dynamo Kiev
Shaktar Donetsk Likely Line-up:
Pyatov – Srna – Chygryniskiy – Rakitskiy – Rat – Hubschman – Fernandinho – Ilsinho – Mkhitaryan – Willian – Adriano
Chelsea Last 5 Results – W W W W W
20/10/12 – Tottenham 2 – 4 Chelsea
6/10/12 – Chelsea 4 – 1 Norwich
2/10/12 – FC Nordsjaelland 0 – 4 Chelsea
29/09/12 – Arsenal 1 – 2 Chelsea
25/09/12 – Chelsea 6 – 0 Wolves
Chelsea Likely Line-up:
Cech – Ivanovic – Luiz – Terry - Cole – Ramires – Mikel - Oscar – Mata – Torres - Hazard
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: 1-3
Chelsea's attacking quarter of Torres, Mata, Hazard and Oscar will be too much for the Shaktar defence this Tuesday. I think Chelsea will score plenty of goals to see out a comfortable victory – although with defence fratilities and John Terry being introduced back in to the side – expect Shaktar to score against the London side.