Schalke 04 vs Chelsea 10/22/2013 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Schalke (2-0-0) Chelsea (1-0-1)
Tuesday 22nd October 2013 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Schalke 04 2/1 Draw 9/4 Chelsea 7/5 See the Latest Odds
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Schalke are top of Group E having beaten Basle 1-0 last time out with a cracking goal from Julian Draxler, the German side had a poor start to the Bundelsiga losing two of their first three but since that poor start the team has won four of their last five. In Europe the team has looked very solid, Schalke lost Huntelaar to injury and the dutch striker will not be back until January or later. This has left the team heavily reliant on Szalai and Draxler up front. The signing of Kevin Prince Boateng has given the German side another option through the center and against Basel the team lined up without a recognized striker playing Boateng through the center. Its hard to know how Schalke will approach this game , will they be happy with a point that would keep them top of the group or will they go for the win?
Chelsea have turned it all around winning four of their last five just like their opponents on Tuesday. Up front though the team is still struggling for a settled formation and Eto or Torres will start on Tuesday, away from home I think Mourhino may go with Demba Ba as he may want a harder working striker. Hazard, Mata and Oscar will provide the flair and attacking vision in midfield and at the back Terry and Luiz will look to get their partnership on the same page. Chelsea have such a huge strength in depth that it's hard to know what their best team actually is but they look to have bags of goals in their team at the moment having score eleven in the last three games.
Love the look of this game and have one bet that I really love. I'm takin both teams to score here, Chelsea just look like they have bags of talent and goals up front but they do look a little vulnerable on defence. Schalke have scored in thirteen of their fifteen games this year and I fancy them to get one tomorrow night against Chelsea. Take both teams to score. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo