Chelsea face Portuguese club Benfica in the final of the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday evening. Both sides have made it to Amsterdam after being eliminated from the group stages of the Champions League.

David Luiz

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Chelsea progressed to the final after defeating Swiss club FC Basel 5-2 on aggregate over the two legs of the semi final. Nigerian winger Victor Moses and Brazilian international David Luiz scored in both home and away games, sharing four of the five goals scored by the Blues.

The west London club's most recent game was a 2-1 win at Villa Park; the victory over Paul Lambert's side has now guaranteed them Champions League action for next season. Chelsea were a goal down after Christian Benteke gave the hosts an early lead and the situation worsened for Rafael Benitez's men after the sending off of Ramires in the first half. However, the numbers were evened after Aston Villa's goal scorer, Benteke, was sent off just before the hour mark.

Frank Lampard's double in the final half hour of the game made sure Chelsea sealed three points. The result means they retain third place in the Premier League, with 72 points from 37 games. They lead Tottenham in fifth by three points and Arsenal in fourth by two.

Meanwhile, Benfica lost the first leg of their semi final against Fenerbahce in Turkey and also failed to score an away goal. However, the Portuguese side turned the tide in the second leg, to win 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.

Argentine Nicolas Gaitan gave the Portuguese club an early lead but that was cancelled by former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt. Paraguay international Oscar Cardozo's double in the second half made sure Jorge Jesus' side had a place in the final.

In their domestic competition, Benfica are second in the Primeira Liga with 74 points from 29 games. They trail leaders FC Porto by a point after a 2-1 defeat against them last weekend.

Nicolas Gaitan

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  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W W W
  • Last Match: Aston Villa 1 - 2 Chelsea


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D W W L
  • Last Match: FC Porto 2 - 1 Benfica

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Fernando Torres

John Terry and Eden Hazard have travelled with the squad to Amsterdam. However, the duo are likely to undergo a late fitness test, which will determine whether they can start on Wednesday evening. Spanish international Fernando Torres will lead the Blues' attack as Demba Ba is cup-tied, after featuring in the competition with his former club, Newcastle United.

Probable Line-Up: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole; Luiz, Ramires; Oscar, Mata, Moses; Torres

Jesus has the entire squad available. Cardozo is likely to lead Benfica's attacking line with Gaitan providing support from the wider position. Former Chelsea man Nemanja Matic will be key in his side's midfield, while Ezequiel Garay will have to play a crucial role in the Portuguese side's back four.

Probable Line-Up: Arthur; Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo; Matic, Perez; Salvio, Lima, Gaitan; Cardozo