Sporting Lisbon will be desperate to remain second in Group G with a win against Chelsea, however the hosts will have other ideas.
As things stand, both Chelsea and Sporting will go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, however the Portuguese side will be nervously watching third placed Schalke who sit a mere two points behind them and at least a draw is needed against Chelsea to ensure progression in the competition, irrespective of how Schalke finish their fixture.
Whatever the outcome in Wednesday’s match, Chelsea will finish on top of the group, the ninth time they have achieved this in twelve attempts. Sporting opened their campaign in less than convincing fashion with two defeats and a draw, however they managed to turn things around with successive wins and place themselves in second position in Group G.
Of rather more concern for the visitors is the fact that they have only managed a solitary win in seventeen European outings and they will face a Chelsea side who will be eager to put their first defeat of the season behind them following their 2-1 reversal against Newcastle United at the weekend.
Mourinho will be expected to make several changes to the side for this match and Petr Cech, Mo Salah and Andre Schurrle will be joined by some fringe players including Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma in defence.
The reverse match earlier in the campaign saw the West London side emerge as 1-0 winners with a Nemanja Matic goal separating the sides and Mourinho will be hopeful of a repeat scoreline on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea can boast seven wins from the last seven encounters with Portuguese sides, every one by a margin of just one goal and we feel that this trend can continue this week at odds of 13/5.
With the knowledge that Schalke will likely triumph against Maribor, Sporting will start in attack mode and manager Marco Silva will be confident of his side getting their names onto the scoresheet at some stage against a relatively inexperienced Chelsea rearguard.
Loic Remy will start for the home side as a lone centre forward and he looks generously priced at 13/8 with Betfred to score his second Champions League goal.
Live coverage on Sky Sports 1 at 7:45pm on Wednesday 10th December.
Our betting tips
Chelsea win with both teams scoring – 888sport 3/1
Chelsea win by a single goal – Ladbrokes 13/5
Anytime Goalscorer, Loic Remy – Betfred 13/8