Chelsea welcome Schalke to Stamford Bridge and will expect to start their Champions League campaign with a home win. The Germans may have other ideas though so see what we think by reading our match preview: we’ve got predictions, betting tips and the best live odds so read on!

Jose Mourinho will look to enhance his Special One reputation with another Champions League success and the odds men fancy his side will start with a win here, Chelsea favourites at odds of just 2/5 whilst their opponents are way out at 15/2 with Ladbrokes. The draw is 4/1 with Bwin and at the betting exchanges but in truth we think this one should be an easy home win, with 3-0 our correct score prediction.

Schalke held Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw prior to the international break but Chelsea’s new attacking dynamism, with Cesc Fabregas providing guile and Diego Costa applying the finishing touches, will be too good with Mourinho’s men at home.

Our main betting tip here is the home win by two goals or more and whilst big wins are relatively rare in the Champions League we fancy the Blues could win by three, four or possibly even more here.

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