Schalke vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on October 22, 2013

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Chelsea are in Germany to take on Schalke at the Veltins Arena in what could prove to be a crucial night in their quest to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Blues kicked-off their 2013/14 campaign with a shock 2-1 home defeat to FC Basel but bounced back with a comfortable victory over Steaua Bucharest to leave them sitting third in the table heading in to tonight’s fixtures.

Jose Mourinho knows the upcoming double-header with Schalke will be vital in determining how the Group E table will shape up and a win tonight would put the west Londoners back on course for reaching the knockout stages.

However, the German’s have a 100% record so far after beating both FC Basel and Bucharest, so they will put one foot in the next phase if they can claim victory this evening, and they have lost just two of their previous 13 home Champions League matches so will prove to be a tough test for Chelsea.

Team News

Chelsea will have to make do without the services of Ashley Cole after the defender was left back in London to nurse a rib injury. Ryan Bertrand will continue to deputise at left-back in his absence.

Andre Schurrle is back in contention after recovering from a muscle injury that kept him out of Saturday’s 4-1 win over Cardiff and he could start in his homeland for the first time since leaving in the summer.

Juan Mata may be the man to drop out after a disappointing display at the weekend while Oscar is also likely to be recalled after coming off the bench to get on the score-sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has already confirmed that John Terry will start so it’s between Gary Cahill and David Luiz for a spot next to the skipper. Luiz may find himself relegated to the bench after a howler last time out. Samuel Eto’o may retain his place up front after scoring his first Premier League goal against Cardiff, meaning Fernando Torres may have to make do with a place among the subs.

Schalke are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng after he missed Saturday’s 3-2 win at Eintracht Braunschweig with a knee problem, but he’s expected to be passed fit.

One man who’s certain to miss out is Marco Hoger who’s been ruled out for up to six months with a knee injury, so Jermaine Jones is likely to come in.

Striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a long-term injury victim but Jefferson Farfan and Kyriakos Papadopoulos are back in the squad.

 Likely Line-Ups

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Key Man

Eden Hazard: The Belgian was back to his best on Saturday, helping himself to a brace and we can see him being a key player in tonight’s game. For the opposition, young attacker Julian Draxler is the one to watch out for.

Predicted Score

Schalke 1-2 Chelsea: Despite Schalke’s impressive home record, we can see the Blues edging this one with Jose Mourinho’s men back in confident mood.

What would be your preferred starting eleven and what’s your predicted score. Share your views below.

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24 Comments

  1. Kelly

    October 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Chelsea is win this one by 2-1 for sure

  2. Igodo Joseph Africanous jnr.

    October 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Schalke 04 1-3 chelsea. Schalke goal will come from draxler while chelsea goals will come from hazard brace, with oscar ending the score line with a late goal.

  3. jerrybest

    October 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I think this is a good line ups. but i would prefer BA up front. my prediction is always 2-1 for chelsea

  4. Alagie jeffang

    October 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Chelseafc will win 0 vs 4 oscar with a goal and eto’o with another hazard and torres with the goals

  5. Gbenga samuel

    October 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I believe chelsea ll win dis match by 2 nil.

  6. Graemo

    October 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Hope Mikel isn’t on the pitch tonight. Chelsea should win 2-1.

    • Iykish

      October 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      U re a racist mikel is d rite man to play dis game we dont need to concede

  7. Kingzley

    October 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Chelsea will certainly win the match. This is my predicted line up. Petr, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahil, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Harzad, Willian, Oscar, Torres. Up CHELSEA

  8. Solomon Mathew Taiwo

    October 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Good line up for Chelsea I belive Chelsea can win this by 1 – 4 by grace of God. Up Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jeff guy

    October 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Chelsea 4-2 shlke 04

  10. Benvic

    October 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Chelsea will win 04 by 3-2, but chelsea last goal will come from a defender in the injury time.

  11. Banro Samuel

    October 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Chelsea will by 4 goals to nothing…. Up blues….

  12. Chris ashana

    October 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Hope 2 see mikel back 2 chelsea lineup…chel2 shk1

  13. Chris ashana

    October 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Hope 2 see mikel back to chelsea lineup…..chel shk1

  14. noblecity

    October 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Chelsea will win tonight match by 3-1,if mourinho can introduce Mikel to dat midfield bcos we are lackin some creativities in dat role wey Lampard dey play.he should be usin like Giggs of Man U.

  15. Myke

    October 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    chelea win by 4 goals to nil if mikel holds the midfield and eto up front with tores coming up from bench

  16. FRANCIS AQUAH

    October 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    D BLUES WIL WIN BY 3GOALS TO 1

  17. Rex

    October 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Why will a chelsea fan question mikel’s ability? Some fans are just no worth it.

  18. Nasko

    October 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The sky is blue so up chelsea we go win shalke04 by 5 goal to nil up bluez

  19. JB

    October 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    d blues wil win d match by 2goals to 1,1 for oscar nd hazard

  20. William

    October 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    i think chelsea will win the match by 3-1, we are billionaires… up blues!!!!!!!!!!!!$

  21. nwazue david

    October 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Whoever that plays is good. What is important is the team spirit. All be it, chelsea will smile at d end of d end of the game

  22. Olawale olaitan

    October 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Chelsea must win dis match 2night by schalkeo4 1 vs chelsea 5. Hazard mata oscar terry nd ramirez. Watchout.

  23. iyke

    October 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Chelsea win dis mach by god grace 3-1

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