Chelsea v Genk: Match Preview

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Chelsea v Genk
Champions League Group E;
Stamford Bridge;
19/10/11; 1945 KO


Andre Villas-Boas is set to recall striker Fernando Torres into the starting line-up, with the Spaniard's three-match domestic ban not applying to European matches.

Nicolas Anelka is hoping for a rare start after being utilised off the bench in the weekend win over Everton, whilst Alex and David Luiz are also hoping to feature. Ramires is out (knee), joining long-term absentee Michael Essien.

Genk boss Mario Been has a handful of injury problems to contend with, most notably striker Jelle Vossen.

Defenders Jose Nadson, Torben Jonelei and Jeroen Simaeys are also out with injuries, whilst skipper David Hubert is unavailable for selection. Kevin De Bruyne, a confirmed Blues target, is set to start.

AVB aims to end Genk's hopes

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is eager to offer Racing Genk no hope of qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League when the sides meet at Stamford Bridge tonight.

After drawing against Valencia in Spain, the Blues sit top of their group after two matches, but far from certain of qualification if they fail to take all three points against tonight's opponents.

"One win puts Genk back in the battle for qualification and that is what we want to avoid," said Villas-Boas in his pre-match press conference.

"It will be very important because we are at home. The opportunity is there but it is never easy. We had a draw in Valencia but we were so close to winning and now the group has become tight and anything can still happen.

"It is this unpredictable situation that we want to cut off by winning this first game. Also the Leverkusen-Valencia games will have something to say."


Mario Been is hoping for a major upset in west London, with his side yet to score in the competition this term and losing their last three games domestically in Belgium.

All the talk pre-match has been around starlet Kevin De Bruyne, and the boss admits his midfielder would be sold for the right price if the Blues were to make a move.

"I know that Kevin is a really great player and that Chelsea already talked about him," said Been ahead of tonight's cash.

"Chelsea look and want to buy all the big talents so, for me, it wouldn't be a surprise if Kevin went to Chelsea. Everyone's got his price."

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