Chelsea v Schalke Odds : Mata, Schurrle and Oscar to fire Blues to Champions League win

Jose Mourinho will looking for a response from his side when they face Schalke at Stamford Bridge tonight, as punters eye the goalscorer market (KO 19:45GMT).

The Blues had a rare off day on Saturday as they saw their run of six straight victories ended with a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle.

The defeat saw Mourinho extend his winless run at St James’ Park to four games and the Portuguese tactician has revealed that he will made changes to his side as he looks for the effort and commitment required to win the game.



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“We are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League but if we lose again, we are in a difficult position so Wednesday is an important game for us,” Mourinho told Chelsea’s official website.

“You win by effort, you win by commitment, you win by ambition, you win by quality and you win by expressing yourself individually but in the team context. I tell my players every time I can, every time I have meetings with them, don’t forget why you are getting results.”

He added: “I will make changes. Not 11 changes because that would be too much, but changes for sure.

“I don’t know my best team because we have this kind of performance.

“I know basically which is my best team but it depends on the way we perform because performances and results push you for decisions.”

A win only Wednesday would see Chelsea not only claim their 100th win the European competition but would also see them take control of the group.

Chelsea currently top the group with 2 wins from their opening three games including a 3-0 win over Schalke last time out.

The Londoners will head into the game with no new injury worries with long term absentee Marko van Ginkel the only player missing.

Schalke meanwhile currently sit sixth in the Bundesliga table and will head into the game in fine form after a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin last time out.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (knee) Jefferson Farfan (groin), Marco Hoger (knee) and Chinedu Obasi (tibia) will all miss the trip to London while defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a doubt.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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