Chelsea head into the primary leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich on the rear of a morale-boosting convert Tottenham Hotspur.
Meanwhile, the German outfit make the trip to Stamford Bridge having maintained top spot within the Bundesliga with a hard-fought triumph against Pederborn.
Frank Lampard’s Blues omitted on top spot in Group H to Valencia,
which could find yourself proving costly after being drawn against German champions Bayern within the round-of-16.
The Bundesliga giants cruised through their group with an ideal record, including a shocking 7-2 convert Tottenham in north London.
The odds were stacked against Chelsea then, but this tie is arguably even more one sided because the Bundesliga outfit’s wealth of experience is matched against youthful naivety.
Frank Lampard’s side scraped through Group H as last season’s semi-finalists – Ajax – dropped into the Europa League,
and were left to rue their last half collapse during a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge.
London has already been kind to Bayern this season. They grabbed an outstanding tally of seven goals away against Tottenham back in October,
with former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry haunting his old foes with four goals.
Niko Kovac was responsible of the Bundesliga side then, but has since been replaced by Hansi Flick after a turbulent start to the season overall.
While English club were perhaps unfortunate to lose by such a good margin,
Bayern displayed the type of ruthlessness which could carry them to their sixth success in European football’s premier competition.
Chelsea are going to be inclined to stay things as tight as possible during the primary leg but if their previous form is anything to travel by,
inviting pressure onto themselves may only play into Bayern’s favour
Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Team News
Having successfully come through 20 minutes against Spurs at the weekend, Abraham could return to the starting lineup in situ of Giroud.
Willian is additionally likely to urge the nod over Ross Barkley,
but Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are likely absentees through injury.
Providing that he shakes off a knock picked up from the Lo Celso challenge,
Cesar Azpilicueta should retain his spot during a back three.
As for Bayern, Flick must decide whether to play three at the rear or switch to a defensive four.
Unless Jerome Boateng is recalled, the previous looks more likely, with Alvaro Odriozola and Alphonso Davies taking over the wing-back roles.
Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman are pushing for a start before Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho.
Tammy Abraham returned to action on Saturday, playing 20 minutes off the bench within the win against Spurs.
However, Lampard will surely want to reward Giroud with a start after his fine display.
Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante are both still out but Callum Hudson-Odoi could push for a return.
Javi Martinez is about to return from injury after a six-game spell out with a torn muscle bundle.
He could feature to supply security ahead of Bayern’s defence although he might not be fit enough to start out .
Meanwhile, winger Ivan Perisic is out with a fractured ankle inflicted during training earlier this month.
Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Line Up
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Willian, Mount; Abraham
Bayern Munich possible starting lineup:
Neuer; Kimmich, Alaba, Hernandez; Odriozola, Tolisso, Thiago, Davies; Coutinho, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Chelsea vs Bayern Munich Head to Head
Chelsea and Bayern Munich have squared off on four occasions in Europe,
games which have ended with neither club having the ability to stay a clean sheet.
The last two contests – the 2012 Champions League final and 2013 UEFA Super Cup – are selected penalties, with both teams winning one apiece.
Bayern’s only visit to Stamford Bridge came in April 2005 as two goals from Lampard helped Chelsea to a 4-2 victory.
How to follow Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 7pm.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.