Chelsea will be hoping to end the group stages of the Champions League with a positive result against Sporting LisbonReuters

Chelsea play hosts to Sporting Lisbon in their final group fixture of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Although the Blues have already made it to the next phase of the competition, they will be hoping to register a win in their last game to build their confidence ahead of the knock-out stages.

The West London club have been looking very impressive this campaign compared to their run in the Premier League and Champions League last season.

While they had already lost two games (both to FC Basel) in the Champions League last season, they are currently unbeaten, and have already qualified for the knockout phases of the competition.

Their Premier League position has also improved as they are currently three points clear at the top of the table as compared to last season's third position.

However, the Blues hope of matching Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League campaign in 2003/04 has been shattered following their recent 1-2 loss to Newcastle United on Saturday.

Despite their defeat, Chelsea are still in a very good position this season, and manger Jose Mourinho said he is not looking to chance his philosophy, following the defeat.

"We don't need a reaction [to Chelsea's first defeat of the season, 2-1 at Newcastle United FC on Saturday]. We don't need to change things, our philosophy," the Portuguese boss told UEFA's official website.

The former Real Madrid boss also revealed that he will be resting John Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian and giving a change to some of his younger players including 16-year-old midfielder Rufus Loftus-Cheek.

"[John] Terry, Willian and [Eden] Hazard are on holiday. I would like to give the whole squad tomorrow off because they are always playing. This game gives me the chance to rest at least three players," he added.

"[Rufus Loftus-Cheek] will play. A month ago he played in Lisbon in the Youth League, so you can imagine the difference between the Sporting academy with maybe 1,000 spectators and one month later playing in the real Champions League in front of 45,000 and all the lights on him."

Meanwhile, Sporting Lisbon will be hoping to at least draw this game as a point will be sufficient to take them to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

There were suggestions of Sporting Lisbon having an advantage due to Chelsea's recent defeat against Newcastle United, but the Portuguese side's boss Marco Silva insists that the Blues will still be a very formidable opponent.

"Chelsea's defeat last weekend doesn't change anything – on the pitch it's 11 against 11," Silva told UEFA's official website.

Despite admitting that the game will be very tough Silva says that his side will be looking for a win.

"We need to have personality as it'll be difficult to win here, but I ask our players to enjoy playing in this stadium and to try to play our game," he added. "We respect Chelsea but it's about our game. We know they will be very hard and we have to play within our limits. One point is enough but we want three."

Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 1:15am IST (7:45pm GMT, 2:45pm ET) start, with live coverage on Ten HD in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Catch the action in the UK live Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD, with an option to live stream the match online on Sky GO. US viewers can watch the game live on Fox Soccer Plus or online on Fox Soccer 2Go.Audience in Canada can see the tie via live stream on Sportsnet World.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD or via live streaming online, courtesy beIN Sports Connect. South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can see the contest on SuperSport 3 Africa or SuperSport online.

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