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Delle Alpi (ATT 40,000) 20th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Cakir

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Chelsea hoping for a European morale boost when they visit Juventus

Last Updated: 20/11/12 1:14pm

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Roberto Di Matteo: Hoping Chelsea can recover from their domestic woes

Roberto Di Matteo: Hoping Chelsea can recover from their domestic woes

Chelsea will look to put their domestic woes aside when they travel to Juventus in what could be a decisive encounter in UEFA Champions League Group E.

The Blues sit joint-top of the pool with Shakhtar Donetsk, who lead on goal difference, while Juve are just a point behind in third, meaning the group is open for the taking.

Defeat in Turin would leave Chelsea on the brink of becoming the first Champions League holders not to secure a place in the knockout stage, having taken qualification for granted during the Roman Abramovich era.

The Blues will therefore be pushing for three points in Italy, with a surprise defeat in the Premier League on Saturday having left them desperate to get things back on track.

Chelsea suffered a shock loss at West Brom to leave them four league games without success and four points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Juve struck twice to come back from two goals down and record a draw last time the two sides met earlier in the campaign and Roberto Di Matteo's men will be keen to avenge that setback.

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Juventus are sweating on the fitness of Mirko Vucinic, who has been battling flu-like symptoms.

However, the striker trained on Monday afternoon and a late decision will be made on his fitness.

The Italian champions are expected to line up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Fabio Quagliarella, Alessandro Matri and Nicklas Bendtner vying to partner Sebastian Giovinco if Vucinic fails to make it.

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Roberto Di Matteo will decide whether to axe Fernando Torres for the crunch clash.

Torres was hauled off during Saturday's Premier League defeat at West Brom after another miserable performance and Di Matteo could start Daniel Sturridge or Eden Hazard in his place in Turin.

Ashley Cole should return after recovering from his hamstring injury, as should several other rested players but John Terry (knee) and Frank Lampard (calf) were left in London.

Opta facts:

  • If Shakhtar and Chelsea win their games on Match Day Five, both sides will progress to the Last 16.
  • Juventus have won just one of their last 14 games in Europe against English opposition (W1 D6 L7) including one defeat and two draws with Chelsea.
  • Chelsea have won just one of their last six Champions League games against Italian opposition (W1 D2 L3).

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-4-2
  • Buffon 1 Buffon
  • Lichtsteiner 26 Lichtsteiner
  • Barzagli 15 Barzagli
  • Chiellini 3 Chiellini
  • Ogbonna 5 Ogbonna
  • Asamoah 22 Asamoah
  • Isla 33 Isla

  • Pogba 6 Pogba
  • Marchisio 8 Marchisio
  • Pirlo 21 Pirlo
  • Giovinco 12 Giovinco

Team taken from Juventus vs Bologna (Italy Serie A) on Saturday 19th April 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Schwarzer 23 Schwarzer
  • Ivanovic 2 Ivanovic
  • Cahill 24 Cahill
  • Terry 26 Terry
  • Azpilicueta 28 Azpilicueta
  • Ramires 7 Ramires
  • Matic 21 Matic
  • Salah 15 Salah
  • Oscar 11 Oscar

  • Willian 22 Willian
  • Eto'o 29 Eto'o

Team taken from Chelsea vs Sunderland (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 19th April 2014


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Tables

UEFA Champions League Group A

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Manchester United 6 14
2 Bayer Leverkusen 6 10
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 8
4 Real Sociedad 6 1

UEFA Champions League Group B

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 6 16
2 Galatasaray 6 7
3 Juventus 6 6
4 FC Copenhagen 6 4

UEFA Champions League Group C

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Paris St Germain 6 13
2 Olympiakos FC 6 10
3 Benfica 6 10
4 Anderlecht 6 1

UEFA Champions League Group D

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 6 15
2 Manchester City 6 15
3 FC Viktoria Plzen 6 3
4 CSKA Moscow 6 3

UEFA Champions League Group E

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 6 12
2 Schalke 6 10
3 Basel 6 8
4 FC Steaua Bucuresti 6 3

UEFA Champions League Group F

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 6 12
2 Arsenal 6 12
3 Napoli 6 12
4 Marseille 6 0

UEFA Champions League Group G

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 6 16
2 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 6
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 Austria Vienna 6 5

UEFA Champions League Group H

UEFA Champions League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 6 13
2 AC Milan 6 9
3 Ajax 6 8
4 Celtic 6 3

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