Chelsea v Schalke 04 Preview

November 5, 2013 | By

£5 Free Bets Each and Every Week for New Customers Registering an Account UEFA Champions League action Wednesday Night comes from Stamford Bridge Stadium featuring Chelsea v Schalke 04.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Chelsea v Schalke 04 Preview, Champions League, Wednesday 6th November 2013

Chelsea can take a giant step towards qualification to the knock-out stages of this tournament with victory on wednesday night at Stamford Bridge Stadium with a victory and having already beaten Schalke 04 last time out 3-0 away from home, it seems likely that the weekend’s 2-0 defeat in the Premiership against Newcastle United will soon be forgotten.

Schalke 04 will obviously want to do a lot better than they did in their home game against Chelsea where they lost 3-0, as failure to win this game on wednesday evening in London, could see Jens Keller’s side struggle to make it through to the next phase of the competition as Basel will be confident of beating Steaua Bucharest in their game.

Chelsea v Schalke 04 Team News

Chelsea Team News:

Tomas Kalas and Marco Van Ginkel are the only two players unavailable for manager Jose Mourinho for this game as each player continues recovery from respective injuries. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation for the hosts which will see Fernando Torres lead the attack up front with support in behind coming from Schurrle, Oscar and Hazard.

Midfielder Oscar is the clubs current top goalscorer this season having scored 4.

Schalke 04 Team News:

The visitors will be without Marco Hoger, Anthony Annan, Jefferson Farfan, Chinedu Obasi and Jan-Klaas Huntelaar as each player continues recovery from respective injury problems and Sead Kolasinac will under take a late fitness test to see if he can be involved having picked up a knock. 4-2-3-1 will be the likely formation which will see Szalai leading the attack up front with support from midfield being provided by Draxler, Meyer and Boateng.

Striker Adam Szalai is the clubs current top goalscorer so far this season with 5.

Chelsea v Schalke 04 Head to Head Statistics

Wednesday night’s game from Stamford Bridge Stadium will become the 4th meeting between the two clubs and as you can see from the data below in our head to head statistics table Chelsea have a clear advantage having won 2 and drawn 1 of these previous matches with Schalke 04 having yet to record a victory against the blues.

22/10/13 UCL Schalke 04 – Chelsea
0 : 3
06/11/07 UCL Schalke 04 – Chelsea
0 : 0
24/10/07 UCL Chelsea – Schalke 04 2 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

5 goals have been scored in the previous 3 games that both clubs have played each other before wednesday night’s game at Stamford Bridge, which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 1.66 which suggests that this game looks likely to be a low scoring match that could only see one or two goals scored.

Chelsea v Schalke 04 Recent Form (Left to Right)

Chelsea: W W W W L

Schalke 04: W W L L W

Chelsea have a slight advantage on the recent form stats having won four of their previous five games played. Schalke 04 have won three games from their last five played, but have lost the other two.

Chelsea v Schalke 04 Match Betting Odds Market.

Chelsea are the clear odds on favourites at a current best price of 2/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game at Stamford Brige on wednesday night which will not come as much of a surprise to many people considering their 3-0 victory against Schalke 04 in the reverse fixture of the group away from home last time out.

The Draw has happened once in the last three meetings between the two sides and can’t be ruled out of happening in this one either, especially with the goal stats suggesting very little goals to be scored on the night and this can be taken at a best price of 17/4 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers).

Schalke 04 are still without a few of their key players for this game and having been beaten 3-0 by Chelsea at home in the reverse fixture of the group it would come as a huge shock to see the German side win this game, but with Chelsea having lost at the weekend 2-0 against Newcastle United in the Premiership, Schalke 04 will certainly fancy their chances and they are currently a best price of 17/2 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this one.

Chelsea v Schalke 04 Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Everything suggests a comfortable home win here for Jose Mourinho’s side, but with their defeat over the weekend against Newcastle United still very fresh in the players minds an early goal by Schalke 04 could see things become extremely difficult indeed for the hosts.

The goal stats don’t expect this game to see many goals scored on wednesday night, but it does seem one of those games that will either be very tight or have goals galore and the big decision is choosing the right one.

I can see this game easily having a couple of goals scored and the side in the blue shirts scoring them and with Fernando Torres seemingly now returning back to the kind of form Chelsea paid £50 million pounds for, I can’t honestly see Schalke 04 causing the hosts too many problems in this one, especially with a few key players still missing from their squad.

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