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Chelsea will be out to secure their place in the knock-out stages of the Champions league when they travel to Israel to face Maccabi Tel Aviv later tonight as popular brand Bet365 announce a new offer for the Champions League.

They will offer a free £200 to spend on tonight’s match as the Blues look to take more control of their qualifying group.

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The Blues were solid if unspectacular as they secured a first league win since October with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich at the weekend. The win ended a run of three successive league defeats and eased the pressure on manager, Jose Mourinho.

Their European form has also been patchy this season with the club winning two and drawing one of their opening four games. They currently sit second in the group, three points behind leaders Porto, the stark reality being qualification should already have been secured from a group that on paper did not look overly difficult.

That said, the group structure didn’t count on the dramatic loss of form that the Blues have suffered.

Mourinho and his played have cut forlorn figures this season, however following the win over the Canaries the Portuguese tactician revealed that “confidence” was returning within the squad.

“We are very disappointed with the bad results we had for a significant period of time,” said Mourinho.

“We need to keep getting results for our happiness, pride and fans”

Chelsea are 2nd in the table, three points off leaders Porto and they can secure their place in the knock-out stages if they win in Israel and Kiev drop points against Porto.

“We haven’t qualified yet but we are OK. Everything is in our hands. If we play like we have been doing, we can win” Mourinho told reporters, before adding “It’s simple. If we lose, we are in trouble. If we draw, we can qualify in the last game. If we win, great chance to finish first.”

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Chelsea won 4-0 when the two sides met in September but they have won just two of their past 10 away games in the Champions League, losing three and drawing five.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.