Chelsea vs Maribor Odds & Match Preview – Another Champions League romp?

Its Chelsea v Maribor from the Champions League tonight with latest team news, odds and betting.

Chelsea will be out to secure their place in the next round of the Champions league when they take on Maribor later tonight.

The club, still unbeaten in the league and in Europe, will be confident of securing the win having beaten the same opponents 6-0 in the reverse fixture last time out.

Despite the positivity surrounding the club there could be backlash against manager Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese tactician criticised the lack of atmosphere at Stamford Bridge in the laboured 2-1 win over QPR.

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The win secured by a penalty from Eden Hazard ended a tricky week that began with a draw with Manchester United, a narrow win over Shrewsbury in the Capital One cup and ended with the hard fought victory over QPR.

The result ensured that Chelsea maintained their four point advantage at the top of the league but with a clash with Liverpool looming Mourinho and his charges cannot afford to take their eye off the ball.

While squad rotation will be on Mourinho’s mind, the absence of striker Loic Remy (groin) means that veteran Didier Drogba and Diego Costa will be in action however John Obi Mikel should return from a knee injury to help the cause.

Maribor meanwhile will need to avoid another defeat if they are to progress to the next stage. The club have yet to win in his year’s competitions however points against Schalke and Sporting Lisbon show that they have the tools to succeed at this level.

The club have doubts over Zeljko Filipovic, Agim Ibraimi (both illness) and Ales Mejac (hamstring) ahead of the game with defender Aleksander Rajcevic definitely out.

Despite the gulf in size between the two clubs, midfielder Ales Mertelj is refusing to give up the fight, telling his club’s official website: “Even though it is such a reputable team as Chelsea, who scored six goals at home, we will not give up and we will not surrender in advance.”

Trevor Keane

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.

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