Chelsea will look to increase their group G lead as they host Maribor, the revelation of their group that managed to keep both Sporting and Schalke at bay in their first two matches. On paper the Blues are the obvious favorites due to individual stars as well as squad depth, even if plagued by injuries or fatigue.
Chelsea are the actual Premier League leaders, still unbeaten and poised to prove the draw against Schalke was just an oversight. The Blues are one of the favorites for the Champions League crown, and should perform better against Maribor who lack European competitions experience. Jose Mourinho will have to be without Schürrle, and most likely Diego Costa, suffering from fatigue after two matches played for his national team. Fabregas, Hazard and Oscar will most likely take Costa’s place with the latter also playing two matches for Brazil.
Maribor will be without Stojanovic who picked up an injury, and their main goalscorer so far is Luka Zahovic. Bohar and Tavares are also in prime form to start, but should find it difficult to put one past Courtois. Maribor are on the third place in their domestic league, six points behind the leaders with only one win in the last five matches. Being the specialists they are in draws, they will look forward to pulling off another one against Chelsea with Bohar being the player to set his team’s pace.
Chelsea’s pressure should prove too much for Maribor which is why Ladbrokes gives the visitors 19.00 odds to win, Chelsea got 1.15 and a draw has 8.00 odds. Both teams to score has 2.45 odds, Chelsea to win to nil 1.60 odds, and Remy to score and Chelsea to win with offered 1.90 odds. Oscar and Fabregas both have 2.10 odds to score anytime, and Chelsea to win by a 2 goals margin has 3.40 odds. We’re betting 7 units on Oscar to score and Chelsea to win at 2.40 with Ladbrokes.