Bucharest vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-up & Predicted Score

By on March 7, 2013

Chelsea take on Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash on Thursday evening.

The Blues secured Europe’s most prestigious prize last season and while they may have failed to put up a decent fight to defend their Champions League trophy this campaign, Rafa Benitez will be keen to give his squad a morale boosting run in the Europa League.

Chelsea needed a late Eden Hazard strike to secure a 2-1 aggregate win over Sparta Prague in the last round after a lackluster display at Stamford Bridge in the second leg, and they will need to put in a better performance tonight if they’re to take anything back to the Bridge this time around.

Steaua were in impressive form in the previous round, seeing off Dutch giants Ajax which included a 2-0 home win, so they have already proved they can beat the best in Europe on their day.

Team News

Rafa Benitez is expected to have one eye on Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford so the likes of Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard may get a rest tonight.

Fernando Torres will start up front with Demba Ba ineligible having played for Newcastle in a previous round. John Terry is expected to start with Gary Cahill favourite to partner him while Yossi Benayoun is also in contention after returning from an ankle problem.

Victor Moses and Ramires have not travelled with the squad and Oriol Romeu continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.

Likely Line-up

Predicted Score

Steaua are flying in their domestic league – currently holding a 12 point advantage – but playing in Europe against one of the Premier League’s top sides is another level from what they’re used to playing week-in week-out. The Blues may have had an indifferent season so far but if they perform to their ability, they should have enough to edge this one tonight. Steaua 0-1 Chelsea

What would be your starting eleven and whats your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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25 Comments

  1. Mighty sunny

    March 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Our lineup ave to be like dis,cech,terry,cahiil,ivanovic,cole,mikel,ake,oscar,hazard,mata,torres

  2. kelvin

    March 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Steaua 0 Chelsea 2

  3. Alan Frank

    March 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    From your predicted team I think Oscar should play instead of Marin and the excellent Nathan Ake to partner David Luiz instead of the useless Mikel.

    • Kayce

      March 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      @Alan Frank… Do u av a player like Mikel in ur country… QPR fans lyk u…

    • obai

      March 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      U re very useless 4 saying that MIKEL is useless

    • Jerrichardozx

      March 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      U get sense? hw would u say mikel is useless? His it nt football u r watching? U must b kidding!

    • Jerrichardozx

      March 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      This formation wil b okay! Cech,luis,terry,azpilicueta,betrand,mikel,ake,oscar,marin,mata,torres

  4. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    March 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Alan frank u dn’t know the meaning of be useless. Mikel is useful may be u are not a trueful fans

  5. Aka lanta

    March 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Alan frank…u are such an idiot to say dat mikel is useless

  6. Mikefad

    March 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    If Benithez want success in the remaing game.he should start using Mikel very well coz mikel is like a salt in that team. He’s present in not felt but his absent make all things worst.

  7. lamech

    March 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    i think we should go it this way;cech,azpilicueta,cole,cahil,ivanovich,luiz,obi,harzard,mata,oscar,torres….let’s not be quick to criticise Obi coz he plays an instrumental part in the team

  8. Princewill Samuel

    March 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I think Rafa should experiment the partnership of Ake & Mikel in the pivot as the former was on top of his game in the FA cup fourth round. I’m going for a 2-1 win for us #CFC. As for that clown called Alan Frank, no true CFC Fan will call any of our players useless. I wonder if you’ve ever watched our match. Grow up, man

  9. ganihans

    March 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Mikel is d key 2 chelsea success

  10. Aiku oluwasola

    March 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks boths comment of mike, u dnt need 2 blame dat guy he may nt be chelsea fan.evry cfc fans know dat mikel is gud in our team. True blues,true fans,up chelsea

  11. Aiku oluwasola

    March 7, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    D score line sh%d be 2 -1 in favour of chelsea

  12. taiwo david

    March 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I tink we need terry in d defence n luiz shuld patner mikel in d midfield,with this success is sure for us. Up bluez

  13. sani suleiman

    March 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    No mikel No chelsea…

  14. sheyin maxwell

    March 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    base on ne,betrand,jonh terry,luiz,ivanovic,mikel,oscar,lampard,marin,torres,hazard,

  15. Eze Martins

    March 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    mikel is d best four we ve 4 nw n he plays very well as 4 u alan frank do u watch football 4rm d back of tv u beta grow up n appreciate obi nwa up blues up chelsea down benitez

  16. dayo

    March 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Abeg guys,we seriously need mikel in The sqUad bcos he is one of our key player.abeg use-cech ivanovic cahill terry ashly cole mikel david-luis hazard mata oscar toress.

  17. chimez

    March 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    everybody knew how chelsea were when mikel and moses went to afcon in south africa, luiz and every other player may be good in that midfield defensive role but mikel is the master there. Alan u re a big fool by calling mikel useless, u re more useless than mosquito.

  18. obaino

    March 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Mikel and is chelsea best pivotal midfield. But Rafa is blind to see that, he i sentimental thats y he is not succeding.

  19. madu ignatius

    March 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Nice selection nd formation

  20. obaino

    March 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I mean Mikel and Luiz re best partner in pivotal midfield, Mikel will defend while luiz will attack

  21. samson innocent

    March 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I will prefer our line up this way, cech,terry,cahill,betrand,cesar asp,mikel,luiz,aunty torres,mata,oscar,hazardious hazard.

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