Chelsea v Schalke 04: Predicted lineups

Published September 17th, 2014 - 12:23 GMT

Chelsea (0-0-0) have already staked a claim to their place in the English Premier League with four outstanding performances. Now they will look to do to the same in Europe as Jose Mourinho will be set to see how his updated squad does on the biggest stage.

Only Didier Drogba, who's last kick for the Blues before his return won them their only Champions League title, is missing with a knock that could see him as a game time decision.

Schalke 04 (0-0-0) is yet to win in Germany and currently sit in their domestic relegation zone. Their trip to Chelsea is not expected to yield much better results as the Blues are hitting on all cylinders at the moment and could see Schalke in trouble yet again.

The German side have multiple injuries including Jefferson Farfan, Leon Goretzka, Jan Kirchhoff, Fabian Giefer, Benedikt Howedes and Sead Kolasinac while Joel Matip is a game time decision but likely to feature.

Projected Lineups

Chelsea XI:
Cech: Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa.

Schalke XI:
Fahrmann: Hoger, Ayhan, Matip, Fuchs; Neustadter, Aogo; Sam, Draxler, Choupo-Moting; Huntelaar.

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