All good things must come to an end, and Chelsea’s seven-year Champions League clean sheet over Schalke looks likely to be sacrificed on the altar of attacking football at Stamford Bridge.
Jens Keller’s crowd are 4/5 to notch at least one in west London, which they haven’t managed in four previous Champions League clashes with the Blues since 2007, while both teams scoring is available at even money.
Chelsea may have won each of their first four Premier League games by at least two goals, leaving them perched at the top of the pile in England and five points clear of nearest bona fide rivals Manchester City, but the way they’re defending means those bets hold plenty of appeal.
Remarkably, only five teams have conceded more goals so far in the top flight this term than Jose Mourinho’s men, with the Portuguese – who is highly regarded as a defensive tactician – seemingly throwing caution to the wind in the sure and certain hope that his Blues boys will outscore all opponents.
This Kevin Keegan-esque strategy is winning Chelsea new fans from across the English football spectrum, although many of them won’t admit as much.
However, punters who’ve wagered on Thibaut Courtois shut-outs so far this season will be cursing Mourinho after seeing their hard-earned go down the swanny.
Courtois has managed to stop his linen being sullied just once in a Chelsea shirt, at home to Leicester in his first match between the Stamford Bridge sticks, while Burnley, Everton and Swansea have managed to breach the big Belgian, with the latter pair doing so at least twice.
Schalke have started the season poorly in Germany, losing three of their four matches so far and drawing the other, with a particularly low point coming at 2. Bundesliga side Dynamo Dresden in the German Cup, where they lost 2-1.
Die Konigsblauen have managed to find the back of the net in each of their 2014/15 fixtures so far though, and big-hitting attacking quartet Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Sidney Sam and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar have all travelled to London for this Group G clash.
Keller’s forward cadre compares favourably to that of a Clarets outfit who opened goal-scoring proceedings against Chelsea at Turf Moor, and a Swansea side who notched first and last at Stamford Bridge over the weekend, so Schalke look good for at least one strike.