Competition: Champions League
Market: Chelsea to win against Maccabi Tel Aviv
Odds: 1/5 @ William Hill
Premier League defending champions Chelsea host Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Champions League group game. The Blues are favourites to come out on top given their superior squad of players, but their form has been considerably worse than that of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s, so Wednesday’s clash could be competitive.
Losing three of their last four Premier League games ahead of this week’s Champions League clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv sees last season‘s quarter-finalists in poor shape, but the Londoners could well see their wait for another win to come to an end at the hands of the Israeli underdogs this week given the gulf in class between the two sides. It won’t be straightforward, however.
Chelsea are currently just one place above the relegation zone after five games this season, with the Blues suffering defeats to the likes of Manchester City, Crystal Palace and most recently Everton. Jose Mourinho’s men have the worst defensive record in the domestic league as a result of their woeful start to the season, and such poor form could give in-form visitors Tel Aviv confidence of springing a surprise.
The Israeli giants are enjoying a bright start to their domestic campaign, picking up seven points from a possible nine early on. As a result of their fine form, the away side are sure to put up some resistance when they kickoff at Stamford Bridge. Tel Aviv have nothing to lose, but Chelsea could well prove their worth this time around as reports suggest Mourinho will be making big changes to his lineup in a bid to get a result.
Bet: Chelsea to earn all three points in tonight’s Champions League clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv @ 1/5 with William Hill >>