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Basel players celebrate their goal against Chelsea in the Champions League, September 18Reuters

After creating that monumental upset at Chelsea, FC Basel will be in buoyant mood when they host Schalke in the Champions League.

A brilliant come-from-behind 2-1 win over Chelsea will mean little if Basel cannot carry on that good form and take a firm grip of the group.

Schalke will not be easy opponents, with the Germans currently topping their group courtesy a comfortable 3-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Matchday One.

However, if Basel can find the spirit and quality that they showed against Chelsea, they might just be able to pull off their second win in a row, especially with the added advantage of playing at home.

"The situation is clear, the two teams who came out of it well on the previous matchday are playing against each other," Basel manager Murat Yakin said. "Both of us want to win and we will try to challenge them.

"Against Chelsea we had nothing to lose as they were the favourites (and) teams like Chelsea will not throw a lead away too often like they did, so we have to be prepared."

Jens Keller was quick to temper hopes of his side, insisting Basel start favourites in the game after their stunning result against Chelsea.

"We're playing away and Basel have won in London, so I think that Basel are favourites," he said. "But nothing can change as quickly as football. I met Murat Yakin in Nyon (at the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum) and we exchanged our tactical (ideas).

"I told him how we will play and he told me how Basel will play, so there will be no big surprises. We know exactly what will happen. The strength of FC Basel is that they can play with different tactics; they can change their tactics during the match a few times. We saw that against Chelsea and it was impressive."

Team News: Fabian Schar injured his knee on the weekend, but trained on Monday. "He will be tested tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and we will decide if he can play," Yakin said. "Otherwise all our players are available."

Schalke have a much bigger injury list with Christian Fuchs, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Jermaine Jones and Chinedu Obasi all ruled out. Keller, though, is hopeful Julian Draxler will be passed fit after the playmaker missed the weekend's game.

Key Men: Basel: Mohamed Salah has looked impressive every time he has played in Europe, and after tormenting Chelsea with his wing play, the 21-year-old will have Schalke in his sights.

Schalke: Kevin-Prince Boateng will need to step up with his playmaking ability as well as goals, especially if Draxler is not passed fit.

Where to watch

The match is set for a 12.15 a.m. (IST, Wednesday) start with no live telecast scheduled.

Expected lineups: Basel: Sommer; Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Safari; F Frei, T Xhaka; Salah, Delgado, Stocker; Streller.

Schalke: Hildebrand; Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Aogo; Neustadter, Hoger; Draxler, Boateng, Farfan; Szalai.

Prediction: 2-2

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