Champions League: Chelsea vs Sporting Lisbon match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League fixture at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea will be looking to reaffirm their Group G dominance when they host Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese side climbed into the second qualification spot, when they beat Maribor 3-1, two weeks ago. But they have a slender two-point advantage over the German side, so if they lose in London, Schalke will only have to overcome Maribor to steal second place.

Chelsea’s 23-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end when they were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle at the weekend but even if the Blues lose their second successive match, they will still finish at the summit of the Group G.

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Sporting Lisbon are unbeaten in their last six games and have won their last four. A win will guarantee Sporting qualification, but a draw should also see them advance.

KICK-OFF: 19:45

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Sporting 0 1 Chelsea (Matic), Champions League, September 2014

 

MATCH STATS...

In their last 12 Champions League campaigns, Chelsea have won their group nine times

Jose Mourinho is looking to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different sides, having already won the trophy with Porto and Inter Milan

Chelsea have won their last seven fixtures against Portuguese clubs

Sporting Lisbon have only one of their last 17 away games in Europe

ODDS...

Chelsea to win: 1.79

Sporting Lisbon to win: 5.5

Draw: 3.8

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, kick off 7.45pm

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