Chelsea travel to Germany to face Schalke in Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League game hoping to pull themselves level on points with the Group E leaders Schalke.
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea bounced back from a 2-1 opening-game defeat to the Swiss champions in the best possible way last time out - cruising to a 4-0 win in Romania. While the Bundesliga side have made a superb start to their continental campaign, picking up a 3-0 home win over Steaua Bucharest on matchday one, and a 1-0 victory at Basel a fortnight later.
Schalke's come into this game with a 3-2 win at Eintracht Braunschweig over the weekend and are available at 2/1 (3.00) to win within 90 minutes.
The sides have met at this stage of the Champions League just on one previous occasion in 2007 the Blues came away with a point from a goalless draw at the Veltins-Arena, having defeated the German side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Going by this, you can back the draw at 5/2 (3.50).
The hosts are without a number of key players like Jefferson Farfan, Chinedu Obasi and Huntelaar who are all out to injury. Not minding this setback, Ladbrokes is backing them at 31/10 (4.10) to keep a clean slate having not conceded a goal in this season’s competition since it started.
Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres are joint favorites in the goal scorer’s market to find the back of the net first. The Chelsea strikers are available at 6/1 (7.00) to set Germany alive with goals and 7/4 (2.75) to score at anytime.
Punters seeking for a value bet should back Jose Mourinho’s men to win either half at 4/7 (1.57).