Chelsea vs Shakhtar Donetsk Preview : Another Possible Revenge Awaits The Blues

What : Chelsea FC vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, UEFA Champions League, Matchday 4

When :  Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Where : Stamford Bridge, London

Time : 19:45 GMT

 

 

After losing to Manchester United in the league and successfully taking revenge in the Capital One Cup just after 3 days, The Blues eye another revenge, this time against the Ukrainian Champions Shakhtar Donetsk. Shakhtar proved to the world that they were no pushovers in the Matchday 3 when they comprehensively beat the Defending Champions back in their home soil. But this game will be a whole lot different as the game will be played in Stamford Bridge and the main factor is that the Blues will take this as a must win game if they want to top the group. 

 

Shakhtar meanwhile are sitting comfortably on the top of the Group and 1 win will mostly see them through.

 

Group E

 
Position Team Played GoalDifference Points
 
 
1 Shakhtar Donetsk 3 3 7
2 Chelsea 3 3 4
3 Juventus 3 0 3
4 Nordsjaelland 3 -6 1

 

Chelsea Team News :

Injuries : Frank Lampard, calf; Ashley Cole, ankle; David Luiz, ankle;

Juan Mata is expected to make a return to the side after sitting out the last two matches against Manchester United and Swansea. John Terry, whose suspension for English competitions is also over will return to lead the team. Frank Lampard still remains doubtful.

 

Chelsea (possible, 4-2-3-1):

Cech;

Bertrand, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic;

Ramires, Mikel;

Mata, Hazard, Oscar;

Torres.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk Team News

With no injuries and no suspensions, Shakhtar will field in a full strength XI.

The trio of Fernandinho, Teixeira, Willian and Adriano will be looking to tear apart Chelsea’s defence once again.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk (possible, 4-3-3):

Pyatov;

Srna, Rat, Rakistkiy, Kucher;

Hubschmann, Fernandinho, Willian;

Teixeira, Mikhitaryan, Adriano.

 

Prediction :

Chelsea 2-1 Shakthar

The Blues always tend to perform well when they’re under pressure and with the return of John Terry, they’re likely to sit deep and take control of the game and prevent any counter attacking of Shakhtar.

Written by Dinesh V

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