Just around 5 months after Mourinho lifted the Barclays Premier League Trophy, there is a cloud surrounding his future after his club have been able to conjure just 11 points from 11 games in this season of the League. After last weekend’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool at home, many tipped off the Portuguese to lose his job but he will be in charge of Chelsea when they take on the Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League group stage encounter.
Here is the preview of the game along with the Team news for both the teams. We have also included Expected Line-ups, Predictions and Betting odds.
The Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv game will be played on Wednesday the 4th of November at the Stamford Bridge in London. The kick-off is scheduled at 8:45 pm BST (1:15 am on Thursday IST).
Chelsea have plenty of headaches while selecting the team as they have a number of players who are badly out of form. They will miss the services of Thibaut Courtious and Ivanovic who are still sidelined due to injuries. We can expect the manager to bring in Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic both of whom missed out on the game against the Reds. Pedro and Radaemel Falcao are also unavailable for the London franchise.
Dynamo Kyiv on the other hand have a perfectly healthy squad. The only absentee is their star striker Lukasz Teodorczyk who has missed most of the season for the club.
Chelsea have been a dark shadow of themselves from last season as they have failed to gather any kind of momentum in all the competitions. However, they are in no real danger of losing out in the group stage of the Champions League. All they need is a victory to go through to the next round and the manager will be hoping that his team can get a result from this game even if they do not perform up to the level expected of them.
The first leg at Ukraine between the two teams ended in a 0-0 draw and the Dynamo Kyiv manager Sergei Rebrov will hope that his team can get a similar result if not a better one when they travel to London. They have kept 14 clean sheets from 19 games this season and will make it really hard for Chelsea to score even at home.
This will the biggest clash in this game -An out of form attack against a really in form defense. The winner of this battle may well walk away with the much important result that is needed for both the teams from this group.
Asmir Begovic, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Diego Costa
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy (c); Yevhen Khacheridi, Domagoj Vida, Aleksandar Dragovic, Danilo Silva; Serhiy Rybalka, Derlis Gonzalez, Vitaliy Buyalskiy, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Andriy Yarmolenko; Artem Kravets.
Chelsea have a great squad which can beat the best teams in Europe on their day. They have a manager with one of the best CV’s on this planet and he can surely bring the glory days back to the club. This clash against the Ukrainian outfit might not be the best game to play at the moment but a good game at this moment of the season can be a confidence booster and the manager will hope that his club can get a result out of this game.
Chelsea 2-1 Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Kyiv: 17/4