Maribor vs Chelsea Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Maribor vs Chelsea | Wednesday 5 November, 2014 | Ljudski Vrt | 19:45
Chelsea travel to Slovenia on Wednesday to take on Maribor and will attempt to take their place in the final 16 of the Champions League.
The Blues could be safe with two games to go if they win on Wednesday and Sporting fail to beat Schalke Lisbon in the other Group G game, so there is added incentive for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Chelsea will be feeling confident heading into the game having beaten Maribor when they played them in the first leg just two weeks ago, comprehensively outclassing their opponents 6-0.
The Premier League leaders remain undefeated this season beating QPR 2-1 in the West London derby on Saturday and will be high on confidence.
The real challenge for Chelsea on Wednesday will be not to lose their momentum or be overcome by tiredness, having played so many games in close succession.
This week’s Champions League fixture is their fourth game in 11 days and comes just three days before they face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
The club started showing signs of wearying against QPR at the weekend, only securing the victory with a penalty from Eden Hazard in the last 15 minutes.
“The week was very strange,” Mourinho revealed after Saturday’s game.
“You play Manchester United on the Sunday, on the Monday you travel for the League Cup. Some of the players had two days off. Some of the others had to go to Shrewsbury immediately and some of them played 90 minutes there. Then some had a free day the next day but it was a working day for the others. It was a very strange week to work and to be focused.”
Chelsea’s Loic Remy remains side-lined with a groin injury incurred in the first fixture against Maribor. Top striker Diego Costa could also feature having returned from injury against QPR, but Mourinho may choose to rest him if Didier Drogba can continue playing on top form.
Maribor have drawn two and lost one of their group games so far and will need to find some points on Wednesday to keep their Champions League hopes alive. The Slovenians will need to put on a much improved performance than two weeks ago if they stand a chance at causing an upset.
Midfielder Ales Mertelij insists that the team will continue the fight until the final whistle, commenting “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.”
The hosts are without Aleksander Rajcevic and Ales Mejac in defence but midfielders Zeljko Filipovic and Agim Ibraimi could both be ready to return from illness.
Maribor vs Chelsea Betting Tips
Maribor would need a miracle to beat Chelsea on Wednesday but if you think they’ve got it in them it’s surely worth a bet at 12/1 at William Hill.
However, far more likely, will be a Chelsea victory. William Hill has a 3-0 win for The Blues at 7/1.
Didier Drogba looks to be on a roll right now having score 3 goals in his last 4 games. Betway have Drogba at 3/1 to score first against Maribor.