Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(8) 5 Goals 7 (13)
(6) 6 Assists 9 (12)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.3 (7.2)
36.5 Average Age 39.6
185 Average Height (cm) 183.8
(1.3) 1.2 Shots pg 1.3 (1.5)
(49%) 48% Aerial Duel Success 60% (60%)
(0.7) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.9 (0.9)
(1.7) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Champions League grp. E.

Missing Players

Leverkusen
Chelsea
Player Reason Status Rating
Renato Augusto Out 6.12
Michael Ortega Out N/A
Karim Bellarabi Out N/A
Tranquillo Barnetta Out N/A
Hanno Balitsch Out 6.62
Player Reason Status Rating
Michael Essien Out N/A
Romelu Lukaku Out N/A
Ryan Bertrand Out N/A

Team News

Leverkusen
Chelsea
  • Michael Ballack could be the only change from the side that beat Kaierslautern at the weekend, with the former Germany captain set to face his former club.
  • Leverkusen have the same injuries to deal with that they did at the weekend, though Andre Schurrle should return.
  • Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns, but pressure is mounting on manager Andre Villas-Boas, as recent results have not been to the standard that owner Roman Abramovich has come to expect.
  • Michael Essien remains absent and Lukaku and Bertrand are not registered for the Champions League.
  • Villas-Boas will select his strongest available lineup.

Prediction

  • Second takes on first in this Champions League Group E clash, with Chelsea able to confirm their place in the next round with a win, but Leverkusen reliant on Valencia's result to book their place in the last 16. It is conceivable though, that Valencia will win and this group does go down to the last round of fixtures.
  • Chelsea, have not been on great form as of late, losing 3 of their last 6 matches and 10 goals in that time. They also only managed to pick up a point away at Genk, in a match that they would have been widely expected to win.
  • Leverkusen come into this game on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win at Kaiserslautern, but otherwise somewhat indifferent form, having only won consecutive games twice this season, and following up their last 2 wins with losses.
  • Chelsea won 2-0 when these sides met back in September, but they were playing much better football back then and made use of their home advantage. With Leverkusen needing a positive result to leapfrog the side from London, they will look to attack and could give Chelsea a difficult time, and heap yet more pressure on Andre Villas-Boas.
  • WHOSCORED.COM Predicts: 1-1 Draw
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