CHELSEA will be looking to exact revenge on a Juventus side, who beat them 1-0 earlier this season, tonight in the Champions League.
The Blues are in fine form and will be eager to draw level with Juve in Group H with just two games of the group stages to go.
- Start time: 8pm GMT
- TV/Live stream: BT Sport 2
- Chelsea XI: To follow
- Juventus XI: To follow
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Chelsea could see the return of Timo Werner to the side after the German returned to training following a spell out with thigh problems.
But the clash with Juve is too early for Romelu Lukaku, who is on the verge of recovering from an ankle injury.
Mateo Kovacic still has a hamstring twinge and Chelsea could also be without Jorginho, who limped off in the win over Leicester with the same injury as his midfield partner.
- Kostas Lianos
Chelsea and Juventus' first ever encounter took place in 2009 during the Champions League Last 16 that the Blues won 1-0 at home.
Since then, the two sides have faced off a total of five times with Juve winning a majority of two matches, compared to the west Londoners' sole victory.
The Bianconeri defeated Thomas Tuchel's men in the first leg away with a score of 1-0.
Even though Massimiliano Allegri's side haven't lost to Chelsea in 12 years, they have never been able to beat them at Stamford Bridge
- Kostas Lianos
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will make a late call on Romelu Lukaku's fitness but chances are he won't be part of the squad.
Lukaku has been out with an ankle injury and returned to team training on Monday.
Kai Havertz is also a doubt due to a hamstring problem but Jorginho is fit and available.
The same goes for Timo Werner, who had been out with a hamstring injury.
Juventus will be looking to seal first place in Group H when they visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri will be without Danilo, who is sidelined for two months with a thigh injury.
However, Allegri will have Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro, Dejan Kulusevski and Weston McKennie at his disposal
- Jim Sheridan
- Chelsea's defeat to Juventus was the only game in this year's UCL where they have conceded a goal.
- The Old Lady might be struggling in Serie A, but they have won eight of their last 11 games in all competitions.
- Chelsea have won just one of their last ten UCL matches vs Italian opposition (D3, L6).
- Jim Sheridan
Chelsea could be without Romelu Lukaku tonight despite the Belgian returning to training earlier in the week.
The striker has miss the last six games due to an ankle problem and Thomas Tuchel indicated he might allow him to rest up ahead of a weekend clash with Man Utd.
He said: "With 20 players in the squad, maybe he has the chance to be in the team for the last few minutes.
“But that would be the absolute maximum we could get out of the situation right now.
“On Sunday he was in team training and seemed OK but we’re not sure yet. He has an appointment with the doctor and the physios so let’s see about his reaction and the next training session.”
- Jim Sheridan
BATTLE FOR TOP
It's all going rather well for Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are top of the Premier League and looking like a team who not only deserve to be there, but can stay at the summit as we head into the long English winter.
In Europe however, it's not been quite as plain sailing for the reigning UFCL champs and tonight's game against Juventus is a real six-pointer in Group H.
The Italians have already qualified and a point will be enough for the Blues too, but it's top spot that these two teams care about.
A win for Juve and it goes to them, leaving Chelsea a potentially tricky tie should they make it safely through to the last-16 – so there's plenty on the line this evening.
Team news is imminent on a cold evening in West London, kick-off at 8pm.
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