Champions League: Chelsea vs NK Maribour match preview

A look ahead to Tuesday’s Champions League Group E fixture at Stamford Bridge

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The Independent Online

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be without a few of his big names as they host Slovenian Champions NK Maribour in their Group E match at Stamford Bridge.

Andre Schurrle will miss out due to illness while groin and foot injures keep out Ramiers and John Obi Mikel respectively.

They join Diego Costa who missed Saturday’s 2-1 win against Crystal Palace after irritating a recurring hamstring problem on international duty with Spain.

The Blues will face a Slovenian side for the first time in European Competition when they take on Maribour who are second in Group E following two hard fought draws against Schalke and Sporting.

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

N/A

STATS...

Chelsea are unbeaten in 11 games this season, winning nine and drawing two.

Atlético Madrid are the last team to beat the Blues, winning 3-1 in a Champions League Semi-final at Stamford Bridge back in April.

Maribour are unbeaten in five away games, winning three.

The Purples 18-year-old striker Luka Zahovic, son of Slovenian all-time top goal scorer Zlatko, has hit nine goals in 13 games this season.  

This is the first meeting between the two sides.

ODDS...

Chelsea: 1.17

Draw: 8

NK Maribour: 21

TV: Live on ITV at 7.45pm, highlights on ITV at 10.40pm 

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