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UEFA Champions League

  • December 11, 2013
  • • 20:45
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 41181

Chelsea - Steaua Bucharest Preview: Blues hoping to seal top spot

Chelsea - Steaua Bucharest Preview: Blues hoping to seal top spot

Jose Mourinho's men will be hoping to bounce bounce from defeat to Stoke City on Saturday and know that they will be guaranteed top spot with victory against the Romanian side

Chelsea will bid to seal top spot in Group E when they host Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The 2012 champions were assured of their progression to the knockout stages a fortnight ago, despite losing 1-0 in Basel, but will need to secure three points this week to guarantee first place.

Steaua are already out of the competition and can no longer qualify for the Europa League after failing to record a single victory in their five matches.

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Jose Mourinho's men are currently one point clear of Basel at the top, but would drop to second if the two sides end the group level on points owing to their inferior head-to-head record.

And Schalke, who were held to a goalless draw by Steaua last time out, are not yet out of the running. A win for the Bundesliga outfit against the Swiss champions - combined with a Chelsea defeat - would see them emerge as group winners.

Chelsea's last three Premier League games have been high-scoring affairs, producing a total of 16 goals.

The most recent of those was a 3-2 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday and Chelsea have now conceded three or more goals in back-to-back league games for the first time since October 1999.

Chelsea, then, are showing some weakness at the back, and their record of 17 goals conceded in the Premier League this season is already two more than they let in during the whole of Mourinho's first campaign in charge in 2004-05.

Steaua, meanwhile, have gone 11 matches unbeaten in all competitions, but recorded six draws in that run and failed to win a single match in November.

Samuel Eto'o was fit enough to come off the bench at the weekend, but David Luiz (knee) and Oscar (ankle) both missed out and could remain doubtful for Chelsea's final group fixture. Andre Schurrle, who scored both of his side's goals on Saturday, could be missing with a calf problem, and Marco van Ginkel (knee) is a long-term absentee.

The Romanians will be without Alexandru Bourceanu, who is serving a one-game suspension, while Lucian Filip (broken leg) will not feature either.

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