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

Chelsea begin the defence of their champions league trophy tonight as they welcome Italian giants Juventus to Stamford Bridge. Here’s a preview for the big game

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Chelsea begin the defence of their champions league trophy tonight as they welcome Italian giants Juventus to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues made history by winning Europe’s elite competition for the first time with a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich last season but couldn’t have asked for a much harder task than facing Juventus in their Group E opener.

The ‘Old Lady’ won the Serie A title after going unbeaten last year, an unbeaten run which now stands at an incredible 42 games, so they will be a stern test for Roberto Di Matteo’s men.

However, Chelsea will also head in to the game in confident mood after making an impressive start to the new season which sees them sit top of the premier league table after four games.

Team News

Chelsea boss Di Matteo is able to call upon captain John Terry and defender Ashley Cole after the pair came through Saturday’s test with Queens Park Rangers feeling no effects from the ankle knocks that ruled them out of England action a week early.

Midfielder John Obi Mikel is also available despite picking up a back injury at the weekend, while Juan Mata is expected to be recalled after being rested against QPR.

Juventus are without Simone Padoin, Simone Pepe and Lucio who are all out through injury.

Kwadwo Asamoah is pushing for a start after scoring at the weekend but Nicklas Bendtner will once again have to make do with a place on the bench and is yet to feature for Juve since making a loan move from Arsenal.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Both sides go into the game in good form and this should make for an entertaining affair. Chelsea’s home form was superb last season having won all six of their champions league matches at Stamford Bridge and we can see them beating Italians tonight…just. Chelsea 2-1 Juventus.

What would your team be? What do you think the score will be? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Lobez-bleq

    September 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I think,sturridge shld start over torres cuz frm our last 3 matches torres is nowhere 2 b found in d field.cech.

  2. Princewill Samuel

    September 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    From my personal analysis, Ramires and Mikel should start at the DM While Mata and Oscar(sub Moses) should start at left and right wings respectively. Torres(sub Sturidge) should lead the attack, played behind by Hazard. Cech at the goal; Ivanovic (sub Azpilicueta) at RB; Terry and Cahil at CB and Cole at LB. With this formation, we’ll come out with a comfortable win over Juventus hopefully, with a 2-0 win. Go for victory Blues!!!!!!!!

  3. oduor

    September 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Guy’s the coach is right he knows the team.Chelsea will beat juvenile.

  4. oduor

    September 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Guy’s the coach is right he knows the team.Chelsea will beat juve two nil.

  5. Richard aboda

    September 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Hi guys stop talking as if you don’t have eyes to see clean football to me chelseafc have small mistakes they miss a serious player with full concentration in the pitch who can turn the game in favour of chelseafc in case of difficulties hazard is trying but with no serious support from the rest. So to me as RDM in tonight game my prefer line up is; cech in the post Ivanovic at RB JT at CB Cahil at the CB Cole at the LB Mikel,remires Mata,hazard,moses toress.

  6. Famous Boateng

    September 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Chelsea would beat juventus by 2 goals to 1.

  7. Baines

    September 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Hey guys lets not underestimate the italians they are a tough side .We can only win this match if we start with three attacking midfielders

  8. fajumi folusho

    September 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    up chelsea. cech in post.ivanovic RB,JT in CB.cahil CB.mikel,ramires,juan.MD.hazard,torres @struidge attackers

  9. Joshua River , from n9ja

    September 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Play Danny boy in place of nando, start victor moses, it is a physical game that’s all u shd know, am off 2 stam4d brigde. C u deeeeeey

  10. Aliyu waheed idowu

    September 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Chelsea we beat juve 2 1

  11. Aliyu waheed idowu

    September 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Chelsea 2 juve 1

  12. mcnumec

    September 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    As a blues fan, i exxpect chelsea to win but RDM should hw best to get results from his players. Cech, Ivanovic Terry, Cahil, Cole Mikel, Ramires, Mata, Hazard, Moses, Torres. These line up will be more attacking minded and will mount the needed pressure on the old lady of Torin

  13. Oguns

    September 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Fajumi, u re jst sayng nonsense, if terry dos nt play @ cb den where else did u want him 2 play. As 4 me,
    Moses, oscar & sturridge should b sub 4 lampard, ramires & torres respectively. I blieve with this formation chelsea would prevail.

  14. Ozeyanehe

    September 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Our aim should be hw 2 win not goals and i tink God will help us blues till i die.

  15. Lawanson

    September 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Just hopes RDM gets it right with his selections 2nite. Puting up a strng starting line up. My line up goes as cech,ivanovic,terry,luiz,cole,mikel,ramires,moses,hazard,mata nd sturidge

  16. donmike

    September 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    guys, as a football fan, i know what is good for the team. We hav to play a 4-3-3 formation with : cech ivanovic luiz cahil cole, mikel lampard mata, hazard moses and torres. With this formation and players, expect goals and win from chelsea.

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