With their unbeaten stint in the Premier League so far and leading the points table in the Group G of the UEFA Champions League as well, The Blues will be looking forward to wind things up and sail through the group stage while leading it, when they face NK Maribor at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
NK Maribor have been the steady-eddies in the Group G table; they have two points on the board. They will probably want to hold Chelsea to a draw and take home the valuable point form Bridge, which would be a fantastic result for them.
The home team has been playing exceptionally well, in all competitions so far. They have been successful lately, in getting the result and ruling out the opposition with exhibition of strong individual character and progressive team play. Chelsea will be looking for all 3 points from the mid-week clash at Stamford Bridge and to carry the same momentum and confidence through-out the phase until the weekend when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Nogometni Klub Maribor, commonly referred to as NK Maribor or simply Maribor is currently placed third in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, with two wins, two draws and one defeat in their domestic league. Their Champions League form has been equally steady, with two draws out of two games played. They will be looking ahead to stop Chelsea attacks and restrict The Blues to a draw and eventually finish second in Group G.
TEAM NEWS/INJURY NEWS
Diego Costa is still out for The Blues and is even doubtful to start against Man United on Sunday due to a hamstring issue. Andre Schurrle and Ramires are going to be sidelined since they are still weary off the international games.
Agim Ibraimi will pair up with Marcos Tavares in the forward position.
Maribor will be looking to continue their good run, with only one defeat in previous seven European games away from home.
CHELSEA FC (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.
NK MARIBOR (4-4-2): Handanovic; Mejac, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler; Filipovic, Mertelj, Bohar, Vrsic; Ibraimi, Tavares.
PREDICTION: Chelsea 3-0 NK Maribor
DATE – 21/10/2014
TIME – 7:45 BST | 00:15 IST (22/10/2014)
VENUE – Stamford Bridge
HOME – Chelsea Football Club
Edited By: Harshal Ahire