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Match facts: Schalke v Chelsea

Published: Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Schalke v Chelsea
Julian Draxler celebrates with Ádám Szalai and Max Meyer ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Schalke v Chelsea


UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Schalke's haul of six points from two games represents their best start to a group stage in this, their sixth campaign.

• Marco Höger is one booking away from a suspension after picking up yellow cards on matchdays one and two.

General information
• Höger went off with a knee injury on Saturday in a 3-2 victory over bottom side TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. He was replaced by Leon Goretzka, who scored his first Bundesliga goal. Ralf Fährmann made his first competitive appearance since 15 October 2011 in place of the injured Timo Hildebrand (lumbago) in goal.

• Max Meyer scored his first Bundesliga goal for Schalke on 5 October in a 4-1 win against FC Augsburg, adding another on Saturday. He set up a goal for Kevin-Prince Boateng inside 157 seconds of his first start for the club on 28 September in a 3-3 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim having scored his first competitive goal in last month's German Cup win at third-tier SV Darmstadt 98.

• Jefferson Farfán has not featured since suffering a groin injury against FC Basel 1893 on matchday two. Chinedu Obasi (tibia, out since April) and Kyriakos Papadopoulos (knee, November) have not played this term.

• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar returned to training on 14 October after nearly two months out but suffered a relapse of his knee ligament injury and now requires surgery that is expected to sideline him for three to four months.

• On 21 September Schalke lost 4-0 to FC Bayern München – their biggest home defeat in 32 years.

• The Royal Blues have conceded 19 goals in their first nine Bundesliga fixtures – more than they shipped in their opening 15 games last term.

International duty
• Seven Schalke players were on senior duty during the international break: Benedikt Höwedes, Julian Draxler (Germany), Christian Fuchs (Austria), Ádám Szalai (Hungary), Jermaine Jones (United States), Joël Matip (Cameroon), Atsuto Uchida (Japan). Boateng was called up by Ghana but pulled out with a knee problem.


UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Chelsea were 29 home group stage games unbeaten prior to their 2-1 loss to FC Basel 1893 on matchday one.

• Chelsea's next draw in UEFA competition will be their 50th.

General information
• The Blues are six matches unbeaten, winning two at home and three out of four on their travels.

• Samuel Eto'o scored his first goal for the club on Saturday in a 4-1 comeback win at home to Cardiff City FC. Petr Čech made his 300th Premier League appearance and Fernando Torres returned from a knee injury suffered at FC Steaua Bucureşti on matchday two but Ashley Cole and André Schürrle missed out with knocks.

• Marco van Ginkel is expected to be out until March after suffering knee ligament damage against Swindon Town FC on 24 September.

• José Mourinho is unbeaten at Stamford Bridge in 64 Premier League fixtures.

International duty
• There were 14 Chelsea players away on senior international duty last week: Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Schürrle (Germany), Lampard, Gary Cahill (England), Juan Mata (Spain), John Obi Mikel (Nigeria), Michael Essien (Ghana), Čech (Czech Republic), Branislav Ivanović (Serbia), David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar (Brazil), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon). Cole was called up by England but pulled out with a rib injury.

• Oscar scored in Brazil's 2-0 friendly victories over South Korea and Zambia, with Luiz skippering the side.

• Schürrle scored his first professional hat-trick – in the space of 19 second-half minutes – as Germany recovered from 2-0 down to win 5-3 in Sweden last Tuesday. De Bruyne struck in Belgium's 1-1 draw with Wales the same night, while Mata's goal sealed a 2-0 win for Spain against Georgia and a place at the FIFA World Cup.

• Four days earlier Schürrle had scored in a 3-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland that booked Germany's place at Brazil 2014; Belgium advanced the same night after winning 2-1 in Croatia.

• Lampard became the eighth England player to win 100 caps in September in a 0-0 draw in Ukraine.

Last updated: 20/10/13 20.34CET

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