Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv Preview

September 15, 2015 | By

BetVictor £50 Free BetsUEFA Champions League on Wednesday night comes from Stamford Bridge and features Chelsea versus Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv Preview, Champions League, Wednesday 16th September 2015.

Incredibly so we have got to of seen one of the worst starts to a season ever for a club such as Chelsea. Having won the Premiership last season you would have not of guessed when looking at their results since the season started. Not only were they beaten in the Community Shield against Arsenal, they have since lost three of their league games. Their only points have come against Swansea City in the first game of the season, then an away win against West Bromwich Albion which at the time came with a bit of luck. However that said they really should be winning a game such as this on Wednesday night, especially as they are at home and in a different talent pool compared to Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv have had to come through three previous qualifying rounds before making the group stages of the Champions League. Their hardest challenge was in the play-offs against Switzerland side Basel with both games ending in draws. Luckily for Maccabi Tel-Aviv they did manage to get that extra away goal which eventually was the decider between the two clubs. The club will be very excited about playing in the Champions League, especially coming up against the English Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea Team News:

Chelsea are without number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after tearing his meniscus in the knee and we are doubted he will be back in full swing this side of Christmas. New signing Papy Djilobodji has not been selected in the squad so will be unavailable, while Kenedy, Bertrand Traore and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been included.

Maccabi Tel-Aviv Team News:

The only player I know who is unavailable is Eliazer Dasa which is due to a suspension. Manager Jokanovic knows a lot about the English Champions, having played for them back between the years 2000 and 2002. Having beaten Switz side Basel already, Chelsea cannot certainly be too complacent especially with them currently in the run of poor form.

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv Head to Head Statistics:

This will be the first time Chelsea and Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv have met and even though we can see Chelsea are in terrible form, they are still the clear and solid favourites to win the match at Stamford Bridge. That said we must remember that Maccabi have come a long way to get to this stage having already knocked out two clubs who have had previous Champions League experience.

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Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

No goals have been scored between the two sides due to having not met before hand. If Chelsea can get back to winning ways and return to their best form then we could potentially see a lot of goals scored come Wednesday. But lets play it safe and go for between 2 and 3 scored on the night.

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Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Chelsea: L L W L D

Maccabi Tel-Aviv: D W D W D

Chelsea are playing terribly right now and haver only won once in their first six games of this season. Having lost four and drawing the other we can clearly see things are not right in the Chelsea camp. Maccabi Tel-Aviv are however doing well and currently sit in second in their domestic league. As well as already pushing their way through three qualifying rounds in the Champions League.

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Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv Match Betting Odds Market

Chelsea are the obvious choice when it comes down to selecting a favourite to win the match, yet with the form they are in can they actually step up? The bookmakers best available odds for the win can be currently found here @ 1/6 with Coral – Bet £5 & Get £20 Free when Registering a New Account.

The Draw is a good choice if you’re feeling brave come Wednesday, especially as Chelsea are struggling against everybody right now. The bookmakers have giving some good odds right now for the draw, with the best of them seen here @ 8/1 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bets when You Register a New Account

Maccabi Tel-Aviv will be looking forward to playing this game on Wednesday, especially knowing that the English Champions are a shadow of the team that won the league last season. The best odds for the underdogs to win can be seen coming in here @ 25/1 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bets when You Register a New Account

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Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

The second day of Champions League football comes to us live on Wednesday and can be viewed on BT Sports Europe in High Definition. It features English Champions Chelsea up against Israeli Champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv who are by far the better team in form right now. We have seen Chelsea struggle since the opening weekend against Arsenal in the Community Shield. Since then that have lost three Premier League games as well as draw and win the once. The only tough team Chelsea have faced is that of Manchester City who are currently the only team in the league with a 100% winning record.

With Chelsea currently sitting a place above the relegation zone, you can’t but help when they will start to return to winning form, some will be saying this game against Maccabi could be exactly what the club need. Compared to last year you could say Chelsea are struggling for goals, even though they have so far scored seven goals in the five Premier League fixtures. Maccabi Tel-Aviv have been playing good football and deserve to be here after putting out Basel in the play-offs. In their domestic league they are also doing well while sitting in second place, just two points behind current leaders Maccabi Petah-Tikva.

My predictions for this game have come tough to select, where usually it would be an easy straight forward win for Chelsea who as you can see are clearly the more talented side. I am going to look at this two ways, the first being that this will be that game Chelsea win and then take into their Premiership title defence via picking up form. So for that I am going to go with Chelsea to win 3 – 1 on the night. The next however will be a contrast to the first, with me actually backing a draw which will be an incredible result for Maccabi, while being terrible for the English club. So for that I am going to go with both teams to score and for the two to draw on the night.

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