Rosenborg BK had not won successive UEFA Champions League games since 1997/98 but another victory against Chelsea FC would take them through from Group B.
Rosenborg BK had not won successive games in the UEFA Champions League since the 1997/98 campaign, not including qualifying ties, and achieving that feat in the last two fixtures of this campaign means that they approach their final two matches with genuine hopes of making it through to the knockout rounds for only the second time in eleven attempts.
• They will even rise to the top of Group B if they were to take maximum points off Chelsea FC. On Matchday 1 it was the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge – in what proved to be José Mourinho's final game in charge of the London club – that indicated this could be a successful series of games for the 2006 Norwegian champions. Miika Koppinen gave the visitors a shock lead midway through the first half but Chelsea fought back and equalised through Andriy Shevchenko on 53 minutes.
• Steffen Iversen scored in each half to give Rosenborg a 2-0 win away to Valencia CF on Matchday 4, the identical score by which they had secured their first win of the campaign against the same opponents two weeks previously.
• It was only Rosenborg's second UEFA Champions League away win in 21 outings and it left them on seven points, one behind Chelsea and three ahead of FC Schalke 04. They also need not be discouraged by their record against English visitors – they beat Blackburn Rovers FC 2-1 in the 1995/96 edition and in the 2004/05 group stage faced Arsenal FC at the Lerkendal Stadium and drew 1-1 with Roar Strand scoring the equaliser for the home team.
• The 0-0 draw away to Schalke on Matchday 4 meant that Chelsea were unable to celebrate their qualification on the night. However, that will come in this game with a win for Avram Grant's team while a draw would also be enough should Schalke avoid defeat away to Valencia.
• The London club considered themselves fortunate to hold on for a point at the Arena AufSchalke with Petr Čech required to make two fine saves from Heiko Westermann and both Rafinha and Peter Løvenkrands denied by the woodwork.
• In three previous visits to Norway, Chelsea have twice encountered defeat. They lost 3-2 to Tromsø IL in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup second round and to Viking FK on their last visit for a first round UEFA Cup tie in 2002/03. Frank Lampard and John Terry both scored in a 4-2 defeat. Their only victory came in the 1998/99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final when they won 3-2 against Vålerenga IF to progress 6-2 on aggregate. Holders of the trophy, Chelsea then bowed out in the semi-finals against RCD Mallorca.