Could Chelsea Rally In Champions League Group E Against Shakhtar Donetsk?

John Terry is set to return for the Chelsea first team this Tuesday. Terry has been unable to play domestically due to his 4 game ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. However – Roberto Di Matteo will want a solid defense for tonights game as he looks to re-claim top spot in Group E.

In Europe – Chelsea have started the defense of their crown well. With a 2-2 draw against Italian champions Juventus and a 4-0 thrashing of FC Nordsjaelland. However, Chelsea would go on to lose 2-0 to Shakhtar in the first fixture – Chelsea will be keen to reclaim first spot in their group.

Chelsea currently sit second of Group E in this seasons campaign – and with Tuesday's game against first place Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea will be keen to get back to the summit of Group E in in The Champions League.

Shaktar Donestk Last 5 Results – D W W W W

03/11/12 – Shaktar Donestk 2 – 1 Metalurh Zaporizhzhya

27/10/12 – Tavria Simferopol 0 – 1 Shakhtar Donetsk

19/10/12 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Illichivets Mariupol

07/10/12 – Metalist 0 – 2 Shaktar Donestk

02/10/12 – Juventus 1 – 1 Shaktar Donestk

Shaktar Donetsk Likely Line-up: Pyatov – Srna – Chygryniskiy – Rakitskiy – Rat – Hubschman – Fernandinho – Ilsinho – Mkhitaryan – Willian – Adriano

Chelsea Last 5 Results – W W L W D

3/11/12 – Swansea 1 – 1 Chelsea

31/10/12 – Chelsea 5 – 4 Man Utd

28/11/12 – Chelsea 2 – 3 Man Utd

23/10/12 – Tottenham 2 – 4 Chelsea

06/10/12 – Chelsea 4 – 1 Norwich

Chelsea Likely Line-up: Cech – Ivanovic – Luiz – Terry - Cole – Ramires – Mikel - Oscar – Mata – Hazard - Torres

Chelsea's European campaign in the 2011/2012 season proved to be a victorious one as The Blues finally got their hands on the trophy that they craved for so long. With many saying that was the spark which caused Chelsea to spend enormous amounts on a whole host of young European talent in the off season. Including the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin and Victor Moses.

Chelsea hero and legend Didier Drogba scored the equalizing goal and decisive penalty with his last kick for the club in the 2011/2012 Champions League Final to give Chelsea the victory against FC Bayern Munich.

Predicted Score: 1-2

This is a must win game for Chelsea – with Juventus likely to win against Nordsjaelland and therefore overtaking Chelsea, the Blues will need a win to stay in contention with progressing to the knock out round.

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