Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Chelsea

Preview: Shakhtar vs. Chelsea
© PA Photos
Sports Mole evaluates Chelsea's chances as they face Ukrainian competition for the first time in the Champions League at Shakhtar.

Defending European champions Chelsea travel to Ukraine for the first time in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Roberto Di Matteo's men go to Shakhtar Donetsk and although the Blues have never faced a Ukrainian outfit, Shakhtar are used to facing English competition. Most recently they defeated Arsenal at home in 2010 and they have won three out of four home ties against English opposition.

Since being held by Italian champions Juventus on matchday one, Chelsea have won six on the bounce in all competitions and head to the Donbass arena top of the Premier League.

Shakhtar are also in irresistible league form, having won all 12 of their matches to top the Ukrainian Premier League by 12 points.

Selection-wise, Di Matteo will be able to call upon John Terry as his FA ban does not apply to European competition.

Terry could partner either Gary Cahill or David Luiz in defence or Di Matteo may wish to continue with the younger pairing.

Henrik Mkhitaryan is likely to lead the Shakhtar line, having already netted twice in this year's competition.

Recent form

Shakhtar: WWDWWW

Chelsea: WWWWWW

Possible starting lineups:

Shakhtar: Pyatov; Rat, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Srna; Teixeira, Fernandinho; Willian, Hubschman, llsinho; Mkhitaryan

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Share this article now:
Brad Friedel
Read Next:
Team News: Friedel returns in goal
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account