Game: Chelsea – Schalke 04
Date: 17 September,Wednesday, 2014 year
Start time: 19:45
In Group G of Champions League Chelsea hosts Schalke 04 at Stamford Brdidge. Both teams are favorites for the first two places in the group that are more NK Maribor and Sporting Lisbon. Chelsea and Schalke also met last season in the group stage of the tournament, as the Blues from London won both games 3:0.
Chelsea has a perfect start to the new season and underlined his ambitions for champion in Premiership with four wins in the first four games. After the compulsory victories against the two newly promoted Burnley FC (3:1) and Leicester City (2:0), they beaten and Everton as guest with 6:3. Last weekend, the Blues decided the duel first versus second against Swansea with win 4:2 at home.
New signing Diego Costa is in excellent shape and will be a major threat to defenders of Schalke. The striker scored in each of the matches of Londoners this season. Over the weekend, Costa released his first hattrick for Chelsea in game against Swansea.
Schalke is in very poor shape after the beginning of the season they haven’t win. The Royal Blues have lost three of their four match so far, including the one against third division Dynamo Dresden in the German Cup. In their last match in Bundesliga Schalke conceded bereavement 1:4 as a guest of Borussia Mönchengladbach. After three rounds played in the championship team of Jens Keller has won only one point and occupies the 16th position.
Last season in the Champions League Schalke reached the eighth-finals after finishing on second position in their group. Phase knock however The Royal Blues met Real Madrid, who were defeated by aggregate score 2:9. In their last ten games as a guest in the Champions League Schalke has four wins, three draws and three losses.
Chelsea is the favorite according to bookies in the upcoming game, which is not surprising after they good games this season. I expect the team of Jose Mourinho again to be very effective, but it is possible and Schalke 04 to score. I think the most appropriate bet for this meeting is over 2.5 goals.
Chelsea have won four out of four in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea’s overall record against Bundesliga opponents is W9 D4 L4.
For the first time in 46 years, Schalke have failed to win any of their first four competitive games of a new season.
André Schürrle scored for 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in two victories against Schalke.
Chelsea: Courtois – Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta – Fabregas, Matic – Schürrle, Oscar, Hazard – Diego Costa
Schalke 04: Fährmann – Clemens, Ayhan, Höwedes, Aogo – Höger, Neustädter – Sam, Boateng, Draxler – Huntelaar