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  • November 7, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
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Chelsea - Shakhtar Preview: Blues aim to continue 17-month unbeaten European home run

The west London side were easily beaten by the Ukrainians on the third matchday and Mircea Lucescu's dark horses have failed to win just one game so far this season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

CHELSEA

Cech
Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole
Ramires, Mikel
Oscar, Mata, Hazard
Torres
SHAKHTAR DONETSK
  Shakhtar Donetsk
Pyatov
Srna, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Rat
Hubschman, Fernandinho
Willian, Mkhitaryan, Teixeira
Luiz Adriano

Roberto Di Matteo could be boosted by the returns of David Luiz (ankle) and Juan Mata (hamstring) after the pair were forced to sit out the weekend draw against Swansea City.

Frank Lampard's absence through a calf injury is set to go on, the midfielder having picked up the problem in the tie between these two sides at the Donbass Arena on Matchday 3.

John Terry is available for the game but Di Matteo has admitted that he may not play the skipper, who has just completed his four-game domestic ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

The Ukrainian side have a full-strength squad to choose from with no injury concerns, so Dmytro Chygrynskiy may come into the side after missing the first game between the two teams.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chelsea have not lost a home tie in the Champions League since a 1-0 semi-final first-leg defeat to Manchester United on April 6 2011
  • If selected, Branislav Ivanovic will be making the 300th appearance of his career.
  • The Blues have been in fine form at home this term, with just Juventus and Manchester United avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge.
  • Shakhtar have maintained their 100 per cent winning record in the Ukrainian league this season - Juventus are the only side to have avoided defeat against them so far.
  • If Chelsea manage to score, it will be the 100th goal that Shakhtar have conceded in Europe under Mircea Lucescu.

Players to watch

B. Ivanović

Position: Defender

Games: 2

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
The Serbian will have a tough job on his hands to keep the likes of Willian and Alex Teixeira quiet, but his attacking talents will also be crucial to providing a width to the Blues' attack that can often be missing with the Hazard-Mata-Oscar trident all looking infield with their contributions.

Fernandinho

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
One of Shakhtar's plentiful Brazilians is generally the most withdrawn of the South Americans on the pitch, but his playmaking from deep is often crucial to starting attacks for his side. He proved in the first match between the sides that he is capable of breaking forward and netting and will hope to get on the scoresheet again here.

Editor's Prediction

The Blues stuttered to a draw against Swansea at the weekend and were comprehensively beaten by Shakhtar in the meeting between the sides two weeks ago. Mircea Lucescu's side are on a fine run of form and Chelsea's home record in Europe could be under threat, despite the visitors notorious poor form on the road in continental competition.

Last Five Matches

Shakhtar Donetsk

  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W

Head To Head

Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Draw
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
FC Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 1
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 0
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
FC Shakhtar Donetsk SHD

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