Chelsea may have finished their first ever season under Jose Mourinho having allowed just six Premier League goals to be scored by visiting tourists, but they’re already halfway to that total after just four games in 2013/14 and both sides to bag should be backed at 83/100 when Schalke pitch up.
The Blues are 21/50 favourites to send the Germans packing pointless, with Jens Keller’s men a lengthy 23/4 to notch up a second consecutive success in London and the draw 7/2.
Chelsea have been breached in four of their last five games at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho’s men have nabbed their home clean sheets against Hull and Fulham, two of the four most shot-shy away sides in the Premier League, and neither managed more than four efforts on target or off at Stamford Bridge.
However their next visitors fired in eight efforts during their Champions League victory over Basel at St Jakob-Park and should have every chance of troubling the scorers.
Any doubts over the hosts’ ability to notch can be assuaged by remembering they haven’t been withheld on their stomping ground for 20 matches in all competitions.
Schalke would be just a point behind Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga based on away games only.
Admittedly the Konigsblauen have played a game more than Josep Guardiola’s table-toppers, but given Chelsea’s foes would be down in 11th place in a table based on home form there’s reason to believe that they are more suited to the demands of playing away from the Veltins-Arena.
The Gelsenkirchen outfit haven’t been denied a goal in their last eight road games, scoring more than once in five of those face-offs.
Both teams have scored in all nine of the West Londoners’ continental home clashes since the start of last season.
Mourinho must try to change a culture of European concession, yet he will attempt the task using the same players often found to be so porous by Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez in 2012/13.
Their guests are clearly savvy travelling players at this level too as it’s eight Champions League away games since they last drew a blank.