Chelsea will look to build on their 4-0 away win over Steaua Bucharest when they head to Germany to play Group E leaders Schalke.
Jose Mourinho`s side lost their opening game to Basle at home but they can go top of the group if they beat the Bundesliga side by more than 1 goal in their own backward.
Schalke have made a strong start to the group beating Steaua Bucharest 3-0 in their home game and overcoming Basle 1-0 in Switzerland last time out.
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Both sides will head into the game on the back of weekend’s win with Chelsea moving 2nd in the Premier League table thanks to a 4-1 win over Cardiff, a game that saw Samuel Eto’o score his first premier league goal. Eden Hazard also scored twice in the game as Chelsea extended their unbeaten run to 6 games.
Schalke meanwhile recorded just their 4th win of the season with a 3-2 success over Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday in which they were forced to come from behind twice.
Schalke will head into the game with a makeshift side with coach Jens Keller missing a number of key players including striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Jefferson Farfan, central defender Kyriakos Papapdopoulos and midfielder Marco Hoeger out.
New signing Kevin-Prince Boateng is set to return from injury while teenagers Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer are set to feature after the highly rated 18 years old both scored at the weekend. Julian Draxler will aim to maintain his record of having scored in both matches in the group stages so far
“We have to show a different face against Chelsea,” said Keller after their narrow 3-2 win over promoted Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
While he did not know “what kind of team” he would use, he promised there would be “many young players”.
Chelsea meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Ashley Cole after he missed England’s final two FIFA World Cup qualifiers and his club’s win at the weekend with a rib injury, while Andre Schurrle was also absent for the Cardiff match due to a muscle problem in his leg.
Chelsea drew with Schalke 0-0 when they two sides met at the Veltins-Arena in the 2007 edition of the UEFA Champions League before beating the German side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.