It promises to be an exciting day of football in London as John Terry makes his triumphant return for the Blues, while Shakhtar attempts to blank the defending champions and take control of the group.
Keep reading to find out where to watch this match, who to keep an eye on, probable teams and much more.
Where: Stamford Bridge, London
When: Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: FOX Soccer 2Go
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Chelsea Player to Watch: John Terry
Just as things are looking bleakest for the Blues, their captain finds himself eligible to return to the pitch.
After serving a four-game suspension for his despicable actions against Anton Ferdinand, Terry has a chance to find redemption and help lead his side back into contention in the Champions League. Considering that opponents have scored 10 goals in Terry’s short absence. The centre back’s reappearance is a godsend for the Blues.
However, the 31-year-old former captain of England was on the pitch when Chelsea last matched up with Shakhtar—a 2-1 loss approximately two weeks ago in the Ukraine. He needs to improve his stopping ability and help insure the Blues get a much-needed victory on Wednesday against the first-place Group E squad.
Shakhtar Donetsk Player to Watch: Darijo Srna
The right back has been an absolute beast for this club in both domestic competitions and in Champions League play.
He possesses incredible strength and marks his man with due diligence, rattling many an opposing attacker and taking them out of the game via physical or mental means—sometimes both.
Don’t sleep on Shakhtar’s captain making a big play and shutting down Chelsea’s top attackers in this one.
1-Petr Cech, 2-Branislav Ivanovic, 26-John Terry, 24-Gary Cahill, 3-Ashley Cole; 12-John Obi Mikel, 7-Ramires; 17-Eden Hazard, 11-Oscar, 10-Juan Mata; 9-Fernando Torres
30-Andriy Pyatov; 33-Darijo Srna, 5-Olexandr Kucher, 44-Yaroslav Rakytskiy, 26-Razvan Rat; 7-Fernandinho, 3-Tomas Hubschman; 22-Henrik Mkhitaryan, 10-Willian, 29-Alex Teixeira; 9-Luiz Adriano
Prediction: Chelsea 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 1
This is going to be a close match, but we are giving the edge to the Blues here. They have their backs up against the wall and are returning their captain after a troubling hiatus.
While the Moles play some great football in the same mold as their opposition, Chelsea will perform better on the pitch and show the Eastern Europeans how it’s done in front of the London crowd.