Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side can lift some of the pressure off his shoulders as they welcome Dynamo Kiev to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday means they have lost six of their opening 11 Premier League matches, are out of the Capital One Cup and have won just one of their opening three Champions League games.
Mourinho has denied reports that there is a player revolt at the club and captain John Terry has backed his manager as the champions of England look to save their dismal season.
Chelsea’s goalless draw in the Ukraine a fortnight ago was one of their better performances this term; Eden Hazard and Willian both striking the woodwork as the London side had the better of the match.
Kiev visit the Bridge sitting second in their domestic league, having won 10 of their opening 12 matches and kept 14 clean sheets in 19 games.
They also sit a point ahead of their hosts, who sit third, heading into Wednesday’s clash, so know a result of some kind will keep them in pole position to qualify ahead of the 2012 winners.
However, they have yet to taste victory in any of their previous 11 matches in England, most recently losing 2-1 at Everton in the Europa League back in March.
Sergei Rebrov’s side are yet to lose in this season’s competition though, drawing both their home matches and winning 2-0 away to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Radamel Falcao is missing after being ruled out for a few weeks with a muscular injury.
Branislav Ivanovic and Pedro could be available to face the Ukrainian champions after returning to training, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still sidelined.
For Kiev, Lukasz Teodorczyk is out, while Sergiy Rybalka is a doubt.
Group Position: Chelsea – 3rd (4 points); Dynamo Kiev – 2nd (5 points)
Last Meeting: Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea, October 20, 2015
Key Men: Chelsea – Willian; Dynamo Kiev – Andriy Yarmolenko
Form: Chelsea – LWDLLL ; Dynamo Kiev – WWLDWW
Shoot Says: Chelsea 2-1 Dynamo Kiev