Considering Chelsea were widely regarded as having the easiest draw of all when the Champions League groups were announced, it is somewhat surprising they haven’t began the competition like Real Madrid, FC Bayern Munchen or Borussia Dortmund, by taking 12 points from the first four rounds of fixtures.
Instead, Chelsea may be leading Group G on eight points, but this is the lowest table-topping tally in the competition.
Schalke are up next in Gelsenkirchen and here are three reasons why Jose Mourinho’s men shouldn’t be backed for victory at 5/6. Instead, take the 9/10 on Schalke in the double chance offerings.
Roberto Di Matteo is the manager of Schalke
Di Matteo has won all of his four home games to date as Schalke boss and Chelsea don’t have the best track record when playing a first away fixture against a former manager of theirs in Europe.
In 2009, Claudio Ranieri gained a 2-2 in Italy with his Juventus team and then Mourinho himself guided Inter to a 2-1 San Siro success in the following season.
Chelsea’s away goals in Europe
Despite all of their attacking riches and Diego Costa’s domestic form, Chelsea haven’t netted more than once in their last six Champions League away days, since ironically when beating Schalke 3-0 last October.
Nemanja Matic is their only scorer on the road this season and is 9/2 to be on target in the 90 minutes here.
Not best for their chances of winning the competition
Chelsea’s only previous Champions League outright triumph came in 2012 and in that season they suffered a group-stage defeat in Germany, when losing 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen. Surely they would accept defeat here if it meant lifting the trophy in Berlin in June?
They would still have a home clash with Sporting Lisbon to secure their qualification on December 10th and wouldn’t be too concerned about resting players for their next domestic encounter, with Hull the visitors to Stamford Bridge.