Chelsea FC: Benitez desperate for win against West Ham and Donetsk

01/12/2012 no comments »
Chelsea FC: Benitez desperate for win against West Ham and Donetsk

Chelsea travel to West Ham United on Saturday before there Champions League fate is decided in west London and Donetsk on Wednesday.

Nordsjaelland are the opponents for the final group stage fixture. Chelsea beat them 4-0 at Parken earlier this season and has emerged victorious in all three of the previous encounters with Danish opposition, most recently a 2-0 aggregate win over FC Copenhagen in the 2010/11 Champions League last 16.

However, another victory will only see the Blues through if things also go there way in Ukraine, needing a win for already-qualified Shakhtar Donetsk for Chelsea to overtake Juventus in second place. The good news is that in this season’s Champions League, Shakhtar have a 100 per cent home record while their Italian opponents are winless on the road.

Before that, though, is the small matter of our fifth London derby of 2012/13, and our second in a week, at the Boleyn Ground. After a season without this fixture, as West Ham were in the Championship, Chelsea will be hoping to pick up where they left off, having won the last three meetings with a total of 10 goals for, including Fernando Torres’ first for the Blues in our last game against the Hammers.

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