Chelsea have had their wings clipped already at home in this season’s Champions League, when Basel won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, but should set the record straight against Schalke to put one foot into the knockout stages.
Die Konigsblauen are 23/4 to win the game, with Jose Mourinho’s men favourites at 21/50 and the draw priced at 7/2.
Chelsea have never lost at home against a German side in the Champions League, winning five out of six games.
Unlike their Swiss counterparts, German sides have not enjoyed trips to Stamford Bridge in Europe’s premier competition, losing all but one match against Chelsea in London.
Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Schalke themselves have all been put to the sword in encounters at Chelsea, who have also impressed against lederhosen-sporting foes in matches at neutral grounds.
Not only did they best Bayern on penalties in the Champions League final in 2012, they took the European champions to spot kicks again in the recent Super Cup final, although they eventually lost on that occasion.
Schalke have a miserable record against English sides in the competition, with Arsenal the only Premier League side they have beaten.
The visitors made off with all three points the last time they came to London, but that was one of just two wins they have recorded against English sides in nine attempts in the Champions League.
They have lost five of those nine matches and against opposition other than the Gunners, Die Knappen have only managed to draw once, losing four of five against Chelsea and Manchester United.
Samuel Eto’o enjoys facing German teams, directly contributing to 16 goals in 19 games against Bundesliga sides.
Fernando Torres’ injury problems have called a halt to his recent resurgence, but Jose Mourinho has a more than able deputy in the shape of Eto’o, who has scored eight and set up eight in 19 previous encounters with German opposition.
The Cameroon international is 1/1 to find the net at any time and despite a sluggish start to life at Chelsea he is the best bet to fire the Blues to victory against Schalke.