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Schalke 04 vs. Chelsea: Preview, weather, squad news, television, streaming, and more

Everything you need to know ahead of Chelsea's match tomorrow

Sascha Steinbach

Chelsea have been in good form of late, and will face Schalke 04 tomorrow with the chance to move atop Group E based on goal differential with the right result. While the opening night defeat at home was certainly not what anyone wanted to see, a second consecutive away win would leave Chelsea in very good position at the midway point of the group stage.

While the Blues are playing in Germany, FC Basel will be playing Steaua Bucharest in Romania. Basel sit level on points with Chelsea at the moment, so I think most fans will be hoping to see them struggle against our last opponents.

For now though, we're going to focus on our trip to Germany. Here's everything you need to know ahead of what looks like the toughest fixture of the group stage this season:

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 19:45 GMT (2:45 pm ET, 11:45 am PT, October 22, 2013 at 00:15 IST)

Opponent: Schalke 04 (6 pts/2 gms for 1st place group E, 14 pts/9 gms for 5th place domestically)

Venue/Location: Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Last Meeting: Chelsea and Schalke last met in the Champions League group stage in 2007. Chelsea won the home leg 2-0, while drawing the game in Germany 0-0. Those two matches are the only times the two clubs have met in a competitive fixture.

Forecast: Sunny and warm during the day with a chance of rain later on during the night. Here's hoping the rain holds off until after the game has been completed.

Chelsea FC Squad News: Chelsea come into this match with a pair of players out with injury. Marco van Ginkel isn't expected to return until March, and Ashley Cole still isn't fit enough to play. Jose Mourinho noted to day that Andre Schurrle is ready to return though, meaning Chelsea have 21 of their 23-man UEFA roster fit and ready for the match.

Schalke 04 Squad News: We're probably not going to see anything close to a full strength Schalke side, as many of their key players are suffering with injuries at the moment. None of Klass-Jan Huntelaar, Jermaine Jones, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Chinedu Obasi, Marco Hoger, or Sead Kolasinac are expected to take part on Tuesday. Jefferson Farfan and Kevin-Prince Boateng are also both dealing with injuries, and will face fitness tests ahead of tomorrow's match. With that in mind, we may see a very conservative approach taken by the German side in this one.

Television Listings: In the UK, fans can watch on SkySports 2 HD. In the US, Fox Sports 2 will have you covered. In India, the game will be broadcast on Ten HD. For anywhere else on the planet, here you go.

Streaming Information: There are lots of places to see this one streamed. In the UK, you have Sky Go UK. In the US, FoxSoccer2Go has you covered. Ten Sports Live will stream the game in India, and Chelsea TV subscribers will have access to live audio.

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