Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)
Rosenborg came away from Chelsea with an unexpected 1-1 draw on Matchday 1 while Schalke were beaten 1-0 at home by Valencia, leaving the Norwegian side in a confident mood ahead of tonight’s game.
“I believe we have gained confidence having performed so well in Europe, and we are really looking forward to this game,” coach Knut Torum said. “We know we’re facing a great challenge. They are well-organised, physically strong, and they try to move quickly in attack, but I think we have a fair chance of winning.”
Torum is already thinking of European football after Christmas – something that seemed unlikely when the draw was made.
“If we can grab a point or three from this game we’ve got off to a really good start, and we will then have a real chance of reaching either the UEFA Cup or the knockout phase of the Champions League,” said Torum.
Rosenborg may make one change from the team that held Chelsea by replacing forward Yssouf Kone with Steffen Iversen.
“Steffen has been sharp lately and did well against Fredrikstad. He has a smart footballing brain, which I think will be important against a well-organised team like Schalke,” the coach added.
Schalke will be without defender Christian Pander, midfielder Levan Kobiashvili and forwards Halil Alt?ntop and Soren Larsen, but their coach Mirko Slomka is unperturbed.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence, having won and kept a clean sheet in our last three Bundesliga matches,” he said. “Having said that, the result against Valencia has put us in a position where we have to start picking up points if we are to reach our goal of finishing second in the group.”
Slomka may give a senior debut to teenager Benedikt Howedes, who helped Germany to the UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi-finals in Austria this summer.
“He is a strong, intelligent lad who has all the qualities a footballer at this level should have,” said Slomka. “If I choose to let him have a go, I think he’ll prove himself worthy.”