Chelsea will be looking to extend not just their unbeaten run in the league but in all competitions when they face NK Maribor on Wednesday night.
Just under two weeks ago the Blues swept aside a very poor Maribor, beating them 6-0. With statistically the best attack in the Premier League it looks as though there will be no easing up.
Especially given that if Jose Mourinho’s side win on Wednesday, they’ll need just a point to qualify in the worst possible scenario.
This game could see Diego Costa rested as he makes a slow return to first team action and the reinstatement of Didier Drogba up front who before the game against QPR had scored three in three starts.
Maribor come into the game in poor form, with just two wins from their last five outings, losing the rest.
Despite having the worst goal difference in Group G, they are second bottom above Sporting. Drawing against the Portuguese side and Schalke still offers them a chance of qualifying, even if they lose. However, with Schalke in a stronger position, Maribor will not want it to go down to goal difference and so a draw would be a great result.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Chelsea 6 (Remy, Drogba, Terry, Viler og, Hazard 2) NK Maribor 0, Champions League, October 2014
NK Maribor currently lie fourth in the Slovenian league after 15 games, only the top spot gets a Champions League qualifying place.
Alongside Southampton, Chelsea have the joint best goal difference in the league. They have however scored the most goals with 26.
Eden Hazard has scored three goals in his last four games, two coming against NK Maribor.
NK Maribor’s 18-year-old Luke Zahovic is the top scorer in the league with eight goals.
Chelsea 6 Maribor 0 - player ratings
Chelsea 6 Maribor 0 - player ratings
1/12 Petr Cech
Had very little to do but solid when required. 5/10
2/12 Branislav Ivanovic
Kept popping up in attacking positions, including when he won a second-half penalty, and was never troubled defensively. 6
3/12 Kurt Zouma
Could barely have asked for a more comfortable Champions League debut as Maribor faded after a bright first 15 minutes. 5
4/12 John Terry
Unflappable at the back and deserved his goal for bombing forward the length of the pitch to get on the end of Cesc Fabregas’s cross. Also set up Loic Remy’s opener with an accurate long ball forward. 6
5/12 Filipe Luis
Did brilliantly to race into the area in the build-up to Mitja Viler’s own goal and enjoyed the chance to get forward throughout the match. 5
6/12 Nemanja Matic
Kept things ticking over in the Chelsea engine room but gave away penalty with clumsy tackle. 7
7/12 Cesc Fabregas
Assisted Terry’s goal with a pinpoint cross and looked bright with his incisive passing. Rested for the final half-hour. 7
Won the penalty for the Blues’ second and made his presence felt with constant pressing and harrying of the Maribor defenders. Unlucky not to score with long-range effort that hit the bar. 6
Quiet performance from the little Brazilian, but it barely mattered as Chelsea romped to victory. Taken off after 73 minutes. 5
10/12 Eden Hazard
A delight to watch again – such a threat with his pace and direct running style, and fully deserved his two goals. The Belgian also started the move that ended in Terry’s strike and he forced Viler’s own goal with a low pass across the box. 9
11/12 Loic Remy
Took his goal excellently, but went off with just 16 minutes gone after injuring himself when scoring. 6
12/12 Dider Drogba
Replaced Remy and confidently scored penalty seven minutes after his introduction. Looked a little off the pace for the most part. 5
Chelsea to win: 1.28
NK Maribor to win: 12.0
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 7.45pm, highlights on Sky Sports 5 at 10.00pm.
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