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

Chelsea face a tough trip to Ukraine on Tuesday night when they face Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena in their UEFA Champions League group E encounter.

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Chelsea face a tough trip to Ukraine on Tuesday night as they face Shakhtar Donetsk at the Donbass Arena in their UEFA Champions League group E encounter.

Captain John Terry is expected to return after serving the first of his four-match domestic ban during Saturday’s 4-2 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Terry has been handed a hefty fine by the club for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand but has held on to the armband and received the backing of his manager Roberto Di Matteo.

The defending European champions go into the game on four points from their opening two fixtures after throwing away a 2-goal lead to Juventus before beating Nordsjaelland, so a positive result against Shakhtar is required.

The Ukrainians are joint top of the group with the Blues and the forthcoming double-header between the two sides may prove decisive in how group E pans out.

Shakhtar will prove to be tough opposition though with Lucuscu’s side currently on a run of 21 wins on the bounce in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Team News

Frank Lampard is expected to return to the starting eleven after only managing a late substitute appearance against Spurs.

The 34-year-old was forced to miss England’s World Cup double-header during the international break so wasn’t risked from the start at White Hart Lane but is now fit enough to take his place in the starting line-up tonight.

Roberto Di Matteo has no new injury worries and the biggest decision is who to drop at centre back to make way for Terry. Gary Cahill put in a fine display against Tottenham, including scoring a stunning volley, so it will be tough for the Italian to leave him out. But Di Matteo is expected to go with his preferred pairing of Terry and Luiz.

Shakhtar also have a fully-fit squad to choose from and the key man for the visitors is Chelsea target Willian. The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent transfer windows and will be out to prove his worth tonight.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Donetsk is never an easy place to go and a draw should be considered a good result for Chelsea tonight, and that’s the result we’re going with. Shakhtar 1-1 Chelsea.

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

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40 Comments

40 Comments

  1. Prince M. Massaquoi

    October 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Chelsea 2 Shakhter 0

  2. Adepoju Adedeji

    October 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Chelsea 2 shakhtar 1

  3. Sammy

    October 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Shakhter 1-2 Chelsea

  4. oladehinbo tope

    October 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Chelsea 3 sharkar 1

  5. akpotu stanley

    October 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    chelsea will wholefully defeat sharkterdonesk by 3 0

    • da blues

      October 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      A MUST FOR WILLIAN TO SCORE

  6. da blues

    October 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    CHELSEA 3 SHAKTAR1 OSCAR TO OPEN THEN LAMPARD LASTLY TORRES WILLIAN TO SCORE THE ONLY GOAL FOR DONESK

  7. gbenga

    October 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Chelsea 4:sharktar 2..

  8. Soba

    October 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Going to be another cracker for the blues. However, Chelsea will sure have their way. 3 points for blues is 90% likely

  9. shiine

    October 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Shakhtar vs chelsea 0-4

  10. Khalid

    October 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    ah picture this match to be a draw! Shaktar 1:3 chelsea

  11. Marvegas

    October 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Chelsea 4 – 3 shaktar donestk. Goals 4rm OSCAR,MATA,TORRES,HAZARD. & WILLIAN’2′,nd FERNADINHO.

  12. fakuade Niyi

    October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Chelsea – 3 1 – shaktar

  13. lancine

    October 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Chelseafc 2 Shasktar 1

  14. muritala

    October 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Chelsea win 4 1

  15. Tunji

    October 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Shakhtar 1 4 chelsea

  16. adegboyega seun

    October 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    chelsea must win 3 : 1

  17. NZEMEKE SAMSON

    October 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    the both teams are good. but Chelsea will effeminately win with 3 -1

  18. Ken

    October 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Chelsea will win by 2 goals 2 nothing up bluz.

  19. onyeka sador

    October 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    1v3

  20. zuto

    October 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have faith that Chelsea will beat them 3-1. Scorers are Mata(2), Torres(1) and Willian(1)

  21. Sam

    October 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Chelsea will win 3-1

  22. Minhaj posluszny

    October 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Shakhtar 0-1 chelsea

  23. uksonic

    October 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    chelsea will thrill to a win(shakhtar 1-3 chelsea)but it will be difficult, up chelsea.

  24. festus olaore

    October 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    chelsea 3 shakhtar 1

  25. Mrs Moshood

    October 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I strongly believe dat chelsea wil win 3-1 for sure hazard is goin to score

  26. Aboh Ochoche Joshua

    October 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Chelsea fc are hopefull 2 win the match wit the scoreline 3 Vs 1

  27. BrAîÑý

    October 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Chelsea will beat dem 3_1 but the game is goin to be hard 4 chelsea up bluez

  28. uzor

    October 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    The game will be a tough fight because shakhtar will want to maintain and break chelsea unbeaten run.but chelsea will win 3.2

  29. Dan

    October 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I think Iva will be rested with Cesar starting. And hopefully we will see Danny play today.

  30. Lance

    October 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Shakhtar 2-3 Chelsea

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