Champions league match : Chelsea vs Shakhtar Preview watch live online,Prediction,Lineups
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee: Carlos Velasco
November 7, 2012 2:45 PM EST
In the group with the European champion Chelsea and the Italian champion Juventus, Shakhtar has so far been conclusive, and we will not go wrong if we write – dominant.
With seven-point their lead in their group E, and with good result from Stamford Bridge, they would be one foot closer to going into the next round.
In the last match at Donbass Arena in Ukraine,Shakhtar have made a big step towards the next stage of the Champions league,because on the same day,the Danes champion Nordsjaelland have drawn 1-1 with Juventus and so have brought the Italians in a paradoxical situation, they are unbeaten in the first three rounds, but they are still in deficit in relation to the leading Ukrainian and English duo.
In the meantime coach Di Matteo players have managed to overcome the “Red devils” in the second round of the Capital One Cup, which is a small satisfaction for all these failures in the Premier league, so they certainly owe their fans, and it is now expected to make up at least in the Champions League.
Chelsea these points needed badly in this fight for one of two spots that lead into the next round. It would be definitely a big sensation not to see the current winners of this prestigious competition in the next round,so this is a big motivation for them.
However, all this is much easier said than done, because the “Blues” after that match in Donetsk don’t look so confident on the field.Luiz and Juan Mata are doubtful for this match,while Frank Lampard is still injured.
Chelsea probable lineup : Cech – Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole – Mikel, Ramires – Oscar, Mata, Hazard – Torres
As for the team of Shakhtar, they are just like in the previous three years absolutely dominant in the national championship, so they are automatically and regular participants in the Champions League, where otherwise their biggest success was the placement in the quarterfinals in the season 2010/11.
However, last years competition once again they ended up in the group stage, in a not so tough group, while this season they have not had much luck with the group draw, given that for the opponents they got two big European teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and the Danish champions Nordsjaelland who is an absolute outsider.
Shakhtar has not lost any points in the championship, so the gap between them and the first companion Dnipro is big 12 points.
However, their greatest successes this season Shakhtar players have achieved in the second and third round of the Champions League. First on a guest appearance at Juventus where they played 1:1, and then 15 days ago at their Donbass Arena where they were better than Chelsea with 2:1, with goals of Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho.
Of course, after that great match,coach Lucescu at Stamford Bridge doesnt need to make any major changes in the team.
Shakhtar probable lineup : Pyatov – Srna, Kucher, Rakitsky, Rat – Hubschman, Fernandinho – Alex Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Willian – Luiz Adriano
Match Prediction : The fact says that Chelsea have won 61 of 88 games, with only five losses,and we know that much better teams than Shakhar have fallen at Stamford Bridge,then its clear to take here Chelsea as the winner.The Ukrainians are on the long unbeaten run,which needs to end somewhere,and we belive that the Stamford Bridge fortress is the place for this to happen.
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