Chelsea find themselves just off the pace in Group G after losing in Portugal and it will be another tough test against a Dynamo Kyiv side who have four points.
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Chelsea FC find themselves having to make up ground in Group G after losing in Portugal and it will be another tough test against an FC Dynamo Kyiv side who are still unbeaten.
• The Kyiv club beat Everton FC 5-2 at home in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 16 (aggregate 6-4). Andriy Yarmolenko, Antunes, Oleh Gusev, Danilo Silva and Łukasz Teodorczyk were all on the scoresheet with Gusev also scoring in the away leg.
• That victory was only Dynamo's fifth in 24 encounters with English sides and they have yet to win in England (D2 L10).
• They have lost just one of their last ten home European games, recording seven wins.
• The Ukrainian double winners are involved in their 15th group stage campaign. In 2012/13 they finished third in Group A, eight points behind runners-up Porto, and took four points from their three home matches.
• In 2009/10, when they finished bottom of the group, Dynamo won one and lost two of their home games and have tasted success only three times in their last 16 UEFA Champions League home group fixtures. Home and away, their record is five wins in their last 33 group stage games.
• Oscar scored Chelsea's goal in a 2-1 defeat at FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2012/13 group stage, their only previous trip to Ukraine for a competitive game.
• They turned the tables with a 3-2 win in the reverse fixture – Oscar again on target – but nevertheless became the first UEFA Champions League holders to fail to get through the group stage.
• Last year, when they won their group for the ninth time in their last 12 campaigns, the Blues remained unbeaten but went out on away goals in the round of 16 with a 2-2 home draw against Paris Saint-Germain after the first leg ended 1-1 in France.
• José Mourinho lifted the UEFA Champions League with Porto (2004) and FC Internazionale Milano (2010) and is bidding to become the first head coach to win the European Cup with three different teams.
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• Willian spent six years at Shakhtar Donetsk and was named the Ukraine Premier League's player of the year in 2011. He won the league four times with them and the Ukraine Cup on three occasions, beating Dynamo in the final in all three. His overall record against Dynamo was W13 D2 L5.
• On 16 November 2008 Willian scored Shakhtar's only goal in a 1-0 home league win over Dynamo.
• Yarmolenko scored the second goal in Ukraine's 2-0 defeat of Loïc Rémy's France in the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-off first leg in Kyiv on 15 November 2013. Khacheridi and Gusev also played for the home side.
• John Terry scored the winner in England's 2-1 victory over Ukraine in a 2010 World Cup qualifier at Wembley on 1 April 2009. Khacheridi, Gusev and Yarmolenko helped Ukraine gain revenge in a 1-0 win in the Dnipropetrovsk return that October.
• Dynamo's 3-0 home loss to Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday ended their 38-match unbeaten run in the Ukrainian Premier League, dating back to a 2-1 reverse away to FC Metalurh Donetsk on 27 April 2014. Their last home league defeat was also against Shakhtar, 2-0 on 16 April 2014.
• Teodorczyk, fit again after an Achilles injury, made his first appearance since May, scoring as Dynamo beat Stal Dniprodzerzhinsk 4-0 in a friendly on 10 October.
• Four Dynamo players – Serhiy Rybalka, Denys Garmash, Yarmolenko and Artem Kravets – featured in Ukraine's 1-0 loss to Spain on 12 October, a result that condemned Mykhailo Fomenko's team to the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs.
• Diego Costa returned from a three-game domestic ban on Saturday, scoring in a 2-0 home win against Aston Villa FC.
• Chelsea conceded at least two goals in seven of their first eight Premier League fixtures this season, 17 in total. They did not ship as many last term until their 20th match.
• Willian has scored six goals in his last seven outings for club and country. On 13 October he was on target twice as Brazil defeated Venezuela 3-1 in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
• Eden Hazard scored in Belgium's UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying victories against Andorra (4-1) and Israel (3-1). The former result confirmed the Red Devils' place at next summer's finals.
• Cesc Fàbregas earned his 100th cap, and had a penalty saved, as Spain rounded off their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 victory in Ukraine on 13 October.
• Ruben Loftus-Cheek registered his first goal for England Under-21s in their 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan on 13 October in 2017 European qualifying.
• The west Londoners signed former AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Marco Amelia on a contract until the end of the season on 8 October.