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Chelsea predicted XI v Schalke

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Chelsea take on Schalke in Gelsenkirchen this evening, hoping to build on their impressive 4-0 victory against Steaua Bucuresti on their most-recent Champions League outing.

Jose Mourinho's men are unbeaten since a 2-1 home defeat to Basel in mid-September, while Schalke have also won or drawn all of their matches since last month's 4-0 Bundesliga defeat against Bayern Munich.

Chelsea will be without Ashley Cole, who is back in training after suffering a rib injury but did not travel to Germany with the rest of the squad.

That should pave the way for Ryan Bertrand to start at left-back, alongside John Terry and Gary Cahill, who could come in for David Luiz, while Branislav Ivanovic should continue at right-back.

In midfield, Ramires and Frank Lampard are likely to retain their places in the centre, while Eden Hazard and Juan Mata should occupy the left and right flanks, respectively.

Willian started in Saturday's 4-1 win over Cardiff City, but he could sit out of tonight's match, with Mourinho giving Oscar the nod instead.

The Portuguese coach must then select his striker. Will Samuel Eto'o start ahead of Fernando Torres? We think so.

Chelsea's predicted XI:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Left-back: Ryan Bertrand

Centre-back: John Terry

Centre-back: Gary Cahill

Right-back: Branislav Ivanovic

Central midfield: Ramires

Central midfield: Frank Lampard

Left-wing: Eden Hazard

Attacking-midfield: Oscar

Right-wing: Juan Mata

Striker: Samuel Eto'o

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