Chelsea take on Maribor tonight live on ITV and we have free football betting tips.
On paper this should be Chelsea’s easiest group game but there will be no complacency from a side who have made a staggering start to the season.
After 11 games in all competitions this season its 9 wins a 2 draws for Jose Mourinho’s men. In the Champions League they have 4 points following a home draw with Schalke and a win in Lisbon so they are well on course for top spot.
6 home games have returned 5 wins with the Schalke match the only blemish on their record. Their Champions League home form is also good reading with only Atletico Madrid and Basel winning at Stamford Bridge in their last 13 home games there.
They will be without key man Diego Costa who has picked up an injury but his absence didn’t prevent them from beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at the weekend. They played large parts of the game on ten men and against ten men and had enough to come through a tough away trip.
Maribor have drawn with both Schalke and Sporting Lisbon in their opening Champions League games and they will be happy with that. They sit 3rd in the Slovenian league table and come in to this game on the back of a home defeat in the league and this will be a big step up.
This is Maribor’s first time in the Champions League groups and they have yet to play any of Europe’s really top sides in this competition, there is no form to go off in this regard so this should be interesting.
Chelsea are big favourites for this game at 1/7 with Bet365, the draw is 7/1 with Bet365 and an away win is a huge 20/1 with Ladbrokes.
When a side are such big favourites like this, value can be hard to come by but there certainly is for this game.
Chelsea have plenty of pace in attack and even more quality so I do expect them to run out comfortable winners here. They have been leading at half time in 5/8 Premier League games this season and you have to expect them to want to be quick out of the traps again and to go on to put a few past Maribor. They are 21/20 to win with a -2 handicap with Betfred.
To go with this, I fancy Oscar to grab a goal on Tuesday night. He has scored twice in his last 4 games including a stunning free-kick on Tuesday and is 13/2 on Tuesday to score first, go for it each way at Paddy Power and if he scores in the first 5 goals get a winner at 1/3 the odds.
Chelsea v Maribor Betting Tips
Chelsea to Win -2 Handicap – Bet Here at 21/20 with Betfred
Oscar to Score First E/W – Bet Here at 13/2 with Paddy Power.
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