Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea

Chelsea will be looking to pick up their first points of this season's Champions League on Tuesday when they travel to Romania to face Steaua Bucuresti.

Jose Mourinho's side got their campaign off to a bad start two weeks ago as they went down 2-1 at home to Swiss champions Basel.

However, they are coming up against a team who were comfortably beaten 3-0 away to German outfit Schalke 04 in their opening fixture of the competition.

Chelsea start the match on the back of Saturday's 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, while Steaua saw off ACS Poli Timisoara 3-0 in their domestic championship.

The visitors will be without Marco van Ginkel as the Dutch youngster was recently ruled out for the long term with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata will be in the starting lineup at the Arena Nationala.

Recent form

Steaua: DWLWWW

Chelsea: LLLWWD

Possible starting lineups

Steaua: Tatarusanu; Latovlevici, Szukala, Georgievski, Filip; Gardos, Tanase, Bourceanu, Stanciu; Iancu; Piovaccari

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Mata; Hazard; Eto'o

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