Chelsea - Schalke 04 Betting Preview: Expect the home side to win comfortably

The top two in Group E meet in the Champions League this evening and our tipster backing the Blues to ease home at odds against
Chelsea host Schalke at Stamford Bridge tonight just over two weeks since the two teams met at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. On that occasion Jose Mourinho's men were in sensational form, winning 3-0, with two goals coming from Fernando Torres, and Eden Hazard scoring late on. Although Torres will miss this match through injury.

Chelsea come into this match after losing at the weekend in their first defeat in nine matches. Mourinho publically slated his team after they lost 2-0 away to Newcastle United.

Despite losing their opening Champions League match to Basel in September, they top the group after convincingly winning their last two european matches. bet365 price them at 2/5 (1.40) to win and keep their spot at the top of the group.

Following on from Chelsea's destruction of them, Borussia Dortmund visited Gelsenkirchen and continued to heap misery on Jens Keller's side. Dortmund ran out 3-1 winners in the Bundesliga, which leaves Schalke sixth in the league.

Despite these two losses in a row, the German outfit got back to winning ways last weekend, beating Hertha 2-0 away. Schalke currently sit on six points in this Champions League group and bet365 price them at 8/1 (9.00) to cause an upset. The same firm price the draw at 4/1 (5.00).

A bet that stands out in this match is in the handicap market. The Blues were ruthless against Schalke last month, and with so much to play for this evening, expect Mourinho's side to come out firing even without their in-form front man. As a result Chelsea -1 handicap is a generous 21/20 (2.05) with bet365.

Not only has this bet paid out in five of Chelsea's last seven matches, you can expect this bet to ease home with Mourinho expecting a reaction from his side after their disappointing loss last weekend.

Chelsea -1 handicap for a 2pt stake at 21/20 (2.05) with bet365

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