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Steaua Bucharest Chelsea odds : Blues to have too much in Champions League tie in Romania

Chelsea will be hoping to get their first points on the board when they face Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 loss at home to Basel in the opening round and have struggled for consistency in the opening weeks of the season winning just two of the last six games in all competitions, drawing 1-1 with Spurs at the weekend in their last outing.

Juan Mata starred in that game and he is expected to start while Fernando Torres will be in the squad despite his red card at the weekend. Marco van Ginkel is definitely out following his cruciate knee ligament injury sustained last week against Swindon.

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Bucharest meanwhile currently top their domestic league after winning 6 and drawing 1 of their opening 7 games however they lost 3-0 to Schalke in match day one of the Champions league,

The Romanian side will head into the game minus the services of Stefan Nikolic (knee) and Alexandru Chipciu, but boast an otherwise fully fit squad.

These two teams met at the second knockout round of last season’s Europa League with Chelsea losing 1-0 away securing a 3-1 win at home to progress

Steaua have enjoyed a significantly better start to their domestic season, winning six games and drawing one to take an early lead in the Romanian league.

Elsewhere in the group Basel and Schalke will aim to continue their winning starts when they clash at the St Jakob-Park in Switzerland.

Basel have not lost any of their last 10 matches in all competitions on their home turf and they will be full of confidence after their opening day win over Chelsea.

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller in the final 20 minutes secured a surprise win for the Swiss side but they will face a tricky test against the Bundesliga side.

Schalke beat Steaua Bucharest 3-0 at home in their first game have only lost once in their last 11 games in Europe however they have made a slow start to their domestic season and have already conceded 16 goals and drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim at the weekend.

Basle are sweating on the fitness of defender Fabian Schar after he injured his knee in the 2-2 draw with Sion however Matias Delgado, Taulant Xhaka, Geoffrey Serey Die and Arlind Ajeti should all be in the squad.

Schalke have a number of injury worries with Jermaine Jones joining Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Christian Fuchs on the sidelines while there are also doubts over Ralf Fahrmann (foot) and Julian Draxler (knee).

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