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Chelsea vs Shakhtar Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on November 7, 2012

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Chelsea will look to get the defence of their Champions League trophy back on track as Shakhtar Donetsk come to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

Shakhtar shocked the reigning champions with a 2-1 victory a fortnight ago in what was an impressive display by the Ukrainians.

The defeat has left the Blues sitting just a point above Juventus  in Group E and three points behind leaders Donetsk, so revenge tonight in the form of three points is crucial for Roberto Di Matteo’s men.

Chelsea head into the game off the back of Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Swansea which saw them knocked off top spot in the Premier League, and they face a side that are yet to lose in all competitions this season and are currently 12 points clear at the top of their domestic league.

However, the visitors have never won in England and Chelsea have a formidable home record in Europe, losing just five of 88 games.

Team News

Ashley Cole has been ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury picked up against Swansea on Saturday, so Ryan Bertrand is expected to step in at left back.

Captain John Terry is likely to return after completing his four-game domestic ban. Juan Mata and David Luiz are also expected to return after missing the weekends action with minor knocks.

Shakhtar come to the Bridge with a full bill of health with no injuries or suspensions to deal with.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Despite the visitors almost perfect record in all competitions this season, with Juventus the only side so far to deny them the three points, we think Chelsea may prove too strong for Donetsk on Wednesday night. The Blues are superb at the Bridge on European nights and if they can contain Mikhitaryan and Willian, they can take control of Group E. Chelsea 2-1 Shakhtar.

What would your team be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section.

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18 Comments

  1. just me

    November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    i tink its gonna an interesting match 2 watch n expect 2 see chelsea on top after d match…..

  2. Onos kelly

    November 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Yes ur prediction is true chelsea shal come victory 2-1 fight to finish believe me

  3. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    November 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Our coach hav to do this to put chelsea in a gud mood by win the match 2-1

  4. Mike

    November 7, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    he should avoid using torres!!!!!
    P,cech
    B,ivanovic
    G,cahil
    D,luiz
    J,mikel
    Ramires
    J,mata
    Oscar,
    V,Moses
    E,Hazard

    Moses should be forced to 9
    Is better than using torres

  5. Godsave

    November 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I tink RDM hav 2do some-tin extra special 4dis particular game cuz it mean a lot 4him. Romours is everywhere dat guadiola is on his way $ unfortunately if it happen dat he loss dis match I seriously blieve roma will work him out. Best of luck RDM all chelsea fans love u as legend $ hero.

    • Iwunze maryann

      November 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      By his grace we shall win dis match ,blue is de colour

  6. Wallex bum

    November 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    After 90min blues wl be on top. It wl be 2-0 in favour of chelsea

  7. Oluwaseun

    November 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Nice one mata is batk

  8. Godsave

    November 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    RDM hav 2try mako marin dis guy is tactically sound $ trust me de guy can score 4rm far $ any corner,he has de speed skill all it takes as a player why not give him opportunity $ show-case his talent.

  9. olaniyan solomon olawale

    November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    d match will end to 3-1,up blues,den torres with 2 goals

  10. Maduabuchi

    November 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I see chelsea wining the game.up chelsea

  11. kunle ekimogun

    November 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This game will be endng 2 to zero in favour of chelsea…

  12. Mirie

    November 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah,i see blues winning ds match with 3-2

  13. Ayo

    November 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Chelsea need dis match 2keep faith and hope of qualifyin top of d group..tnk God mata is back..
    Cech
    Ivanovic
    Cahill
    Terry
    Betrand
    Mikel
    Ramires
    Mata
    Oscar
    Hazard
    Torres..up blues

  14. Ashley Brown

    November 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Let’s go blues… I cant waite to see chelsea players on blue jersey chelsea 2 vs sd 0

  15. mathias Adakole

    November 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    today blong to torres nd victor moses as a substitute up blues

  16. Epasco

    November 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Chel will win 3.0…up R.MADRID

  17. abhishek

    November 9, 2012 at 5:15 am

    crusal 90min i’m happy for chelsea’s win but chelsea need more better possesion to prove “we r champions of europe”go chelsea go!!!!!

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