Maribor v Chelsea Preview

November 4, 2014 | By

Coral Free BetsUEFA Champions League Group G action Wednesday Night comes from the Ljudski vrt and features Maribor versus Chelsea.

View our Betting Preview, Match Odds, Tips and Predictions for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Maribor v Chelsea Preview , Champions League, Wednesday 5th November 2014

Maribor will head into this game on wednesday night fully aware that failure to win the game could see their Champions League journey over for this season and with their last meeting against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge ending in a 6-0 thumping, the players confidence will obviously be lacking and if Schalke 04 manage to win their game away against Sporting it could be game over for the side from Slovenia.

Chelsea can pretty much guarantee their place in the next round of the tournament with a victory and I would expect manager Jose Mourinho to go for the win after the ease in which they beat Maribor the last time the two teams met at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago. Chelsea look a stronger side this season and have the squad to reach the latter stages of this tournament if their main players remain injury free and it does look like Maribor are going to be in for a difficult time of it come wednesday night.

Maribor Team News:

Manager Ante Šimundža has no reported injuries or suspensions for this game, but I would expect him to make a few changes to the side that lost 6-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago. Marcos Tavares and Luka Zahovič are the clubs current top goalscorers this season with a partnership of 13 and look the most likely players to lead the attack up front for the hosts on wednesday night.

Chelsea Team News:

Manager Jose Mourinho has almost a full squad to choose his starting lineup from, but will be without striker Loic Remy who is currently receiving treatment for a groin injury. A large number of the first team players will probably be rested for the weekend game against Liverpool and these will include goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, John Terry and Diego Costa. Didier Drogba looks likely to lead the attack up front for the visitors with support in behind being provided by both Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.

Maribor v Chelsea Head to Head Statistics

Wednesday night’s game from the Ljudski vrt will become just the second meeting between the two clubs over the years, as we can see in our head to head table statistics shown below the previous game ended in a convincing 6-0 victory for Chelsea.

05/11/14 UCL Maribor – Chelsea – : –
21/10/14 UCL Chelsea – Maribor  6 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

6 Goals have been scored in the only other meeting between the two clubs which generates us an average goals per game statistic of 6.00 however, I would doubt very much if this game on wednesday night will see half as many goals scored, especially with Chelsea resting a large number of their first team players.

Maribor v Chelsea Recent Form (Left to Right)

Maribor: L L W W L

Chelsea: W W D W W

Chelsea completely dominate the recent form statistics having won four of their previous five matches played, their only blip coming in the English Premiership when they drew against Manchester United. Maribor have struggled in their previous five matches played having only managed to win twice and lose the other three and although they do have home advantage for this game, it would come as a major shock to see them win this game on wednesday night.

Maribor v Chelsea Match Betting Odds Market

Maribor are not expected to win this game on wednesday night despite having home advantage as their squad just doesn’t look anywhere as strong as their opponents and their current best price of 11/1 with Paddy Power – £50 Free Bets for New Customers, clearly indicates.

The Draw is probably the best result that Maribor can achieve from this game, but even that looks unlikely after Chelsea hammered them 6-0 in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago. However the current best price for both teams to pick up a point is currently trading at a best price of 5/1 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets for New Customers.

Chelsea will no be playing their strongest lineup for this game, but they should still get the job done with the players that do take to the pitch on wednesday night, although their current best price of 1/3 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers, does look very much on the short side and offers no real value in my opinion.

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Maribor v Chelsea Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Maribor will be desperate to win this game as anything but a victory could see them crash out the tournament if Schalke 04 win their game away against Sporting CP, but their recent form has not been the best and with the side having lost at the weekend 1-0 at home against Domžale it really would be a huge shock to see them pick up the 3pts from this one.

Chelsea can pretty much guarantee their place in the knock-out stages of the competition with a victory, but manager Jose Mourinho will not be playing his strongest side as a number of first team players are being rested for this game due to the weekend Premiership fixture against Liverpool.

However, Chelsea have a very strong squad with numerous world class individuals and despite them not being at their strongest they should still have enough quality to ensure they win this game and I do expect the visitors to come away with the victory.

The previous meeting between the two clubs saw six goals scored, which was not really expected at all with the way Maribor had managed to draw their opening two games of the group against Sporting CP and Schalke 04 and I do expect this one to be a lot closer despite the hosts not having had the best of results lately.

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