After a wobbly start to the season by their own high standards, Chelsea have got their campaign back on track with six wins and a draw in their last five matches and Jose Mourinho’s sparkling outfit are 11/10 favourites to continue their resurgence in Champions League Group E with a win at Schalke.
Jens Keller’s side are 23/10 for the home victory and the draw is 12/5, but with recent matches featuring these sides producing a glut of goals the 18/25 about there being over 2.5 in this game looks like the pick of the bets on offer.
The Blues’ last three games have averaged a goal every 21 minutes.
While there was some controversy surrounding the role Samuel Eto’o played in Chelsea’s equalising goal in the Premier League against Cardiff, the west Londoners made sure of the win by beating Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall a further three times.
That was the third game in a row involving Mourinho’s men that has seen four or more goals scored following the 4-0 win at Steaua Bucharest in Group E and the 3-1 defeat of Norwich in the Premier League.
All of Chelsea’s Champions League games since winning the 2011/12 final have seen two or more goals scored.
The glorious penalty shoot-out win at the Allianz Arena 18 months ago followed an anxious 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich, but since lifting the trophy for the first time Chelsea’s matches in Europe’s elite competition have produced an avalanche of goals.
Nordsjaelland were thrashed 4-0 and 6-1 in their home and away matches against the Blues last term while the stiffer resistance provided by Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus didn’t stem the goal tide, with 15 efforts finding the net in Chelsea’s four games against the Ukrainian and Italian champions.
Schalke’s goals-against record this season is the worst in the Bundesliga top half.
Two wins and a draw in their last three Bundesliga matches have seen Keller’s men vault from 14th place to fifth, but their defence is still leaking at a rate of over two goals a game in the German top flight.
Luckily for the Gelsenkirchen side they have individuals in good striking form, with centre-forward Adam Szalai and midfielder Max Meyer both scoring twice in Die Knappen’s last two league games and reputed Chelsea target Julian Draxler firing home in both of his Champions League appearances so far this season.