Chelsea vs Maribor 10/21/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Maribor vs Chelsea
Tuesday 21st October 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Chelsea 1/7 Draw 7/1 Maribor 20/1 See the Latest Odds
On paper this one appears a massive mismatch as the Slovenian side Maribor come to Stamdford Bridge to take on a star studded Chelsea. However football is a funny old game and I have a feeling this well organised Maribor side will not roll over on arrival in London. There is no doubt that there is a huge gap in both salary and ability levels here but Maribor will work hard for one another and have two credible draws already in this season's Champions League. Bohar and Zahovic have shown an ability to score big goals when needed and we should remember that this side is the one that knocked Celtic out of the Champions League all be it a struggling Celtic at the time.
Chelsea themselves are going through something of an injury crisis with Diego Costa, Ramires and Schurrle all set to miss the match tomorrow night. Loic Remy will probably be the man to lead the line for the blues and the French striker has all the qualities necessary to be an able replacement for Costa and to make a case to start alongside the Spanish front man in future. Hazard, Fabregas and Oscar will pull the strings from midfield and in truth Chelsea should prove too strong for the Slovenian champions.
While I do think Chelsea will get the win here I am taking the Asian Handicap on the first half betting. I am taking Maribor +1.5 goals in the first half as from the games I have seen this season Maribor were very well organised and I do not think they will crumble quite as easily as the bookmakers seem to be suggesting. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo