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Chelsea will be out to avenge their defeat to Newcastle on Saturday when they take on Sporting Lisbon at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho’s men saw their 23 game unbeaten record fall at St James’ Park leaving Hearts as the only team not to suffer defeat in the UK and PSG as the only team amongst the big five leagues.
While the faith of Hearts and PSG will be of no concern to Mourinho, what will be important to the Portuguese manager is getting back to winning ways.
The Blues have already qualified for the next phase and will do so as group winners. That should mean that fringe players such as Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Mo Salah, Kurt Zouma and Didier Drogba should start.
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Cesc Fabregas could also start as he is suspended for his weekend’s clash with Hull. Diego Costa could be rested midweek with that game in mind while Loic Remy will hope for his first start since October.
While Chelsea’s fate is safe, Sporting Lisbon have much to play for with a point needed to secure their place in the next phase.
Last time out the club beat Boavista 3-1, the club’s fourth in succession in all competitions. However the victory came with a prize with on-loan Nani suffering a groin injury.
The Manchester United winger will miss the clash at the bridge and will join Cedric in the stands. The Sporting defender is suspended after he picked his third booking of the group stage in the 3-1 home win over Maribor on match day five.
Sporting lost 1-0 to Chelsea when the two sides met in Portugal, a defeat that was immediately followed by a 4-2 away loss to Schalke. At that point the club seemed destined for an European exit however back to back to wins over Schalke and Maribor, whom they drew with in round 1, have reignited their season.