UEFA Champions League: Can Shakhtar upset Chelsea again?

Michael Steele

Shakhtar Donetsk can establish themselves as clear favorites over Chelsea and Juventus to get out of their group. Manchester United and Barcelona are in action as well, and are very much in command of their groups.

Group E of the UEFA Champions League is shaping up to be one of the group's most interesting, as expected. Chelsea find themselves in a situation where they almost certainly must avoid a loss on Wednesday to give themselves a good chance of progressing to the knockout stage. Shakhtar Donetsk stunned the Blues in Ukraine during the last matchday, but they're much less formidable away from home.

Lille are all but eliminate already, but the battle between the other three teams in Group F is an excellent one. BATE Borisov were finally found out by Valencia in their last match, but still sit tied with Los Che and Bayern Munich on six points. Bayern and Valencia will both expect wins during this round to establish themselves as favorites to advance.

The other two groups are all about battles for second place, as Manchester United and Barcelona have clearly established themselves as the top dogs in Groups G and H. Celtic and Braga are the unlucky teams who have matches against those giants on Wednesday, and they'll be looking simply to limit their losses.

Schedule (all games 2:45 p.m. ET)

Chelsea vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Juventus vs. Nordsjaelland
Bayern Munich vs. Lille
Valencia vs. BATE Borisov
Celtic vs. Barcelona
Braga vs. Manchester United
CFR Cluj vs. Galatasaray

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.