Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv – Blues could land crushing win

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Betting Tip: Chelsea -1.00 @ 4/7 with betfair

Chelsea supporters aside, everyone seems to be enjoying the team’s dismal start to the Premier League season although perhaps things will change this evening as the team make their Champions League bow for the season.

Jose Mourinho was typically spiky in the press conference ahead of this match, although the manager must be delighted that Chelsea have been handed a winnable home match to kick things off against Israeli opponents.

After collecting just four points from five Premier League matches, it’s vital that the champions of England get some confidence back ahead of the weekend visit of Arsenal and they haven’t turned into a bad team overnight.

Chelsea are massively short for tonight’s match although there could be merit in backing them on the handicap market instead.

Mourinho is set to freshen up the team and leave out John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa for this clash, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to make a first Champions League start.

“I have a squad, I trust the squad and I don’t have to play with the same XI,” Mourinho said. “I can make changes. I know the consequences of that because, if I make a couple of changes in my team, instead of you saying, ‘He has a squad, he has more options, he is looking for a new dynamic, he wants to give a couple of chances to people who have been working hard,’

“I know what you will say. If I leave out Azpilicueta it’s ‘because I have a problem with him’. The same with Terry, the same with Fàbregas. So I know the consequences.

“But I cannot be worried about that. I have to be just worried about my team and players. Yes I will make a couple of changes because I have to try and [create a] different dynamic, I have to try a couple of different faces, and to give chances to people who have not been playing but have been working hard.

“I promise you we are all working. When we say business as usual, it’s true. Business as usual, with one difference: we are not happy.”

The Israeli champions certainly have little to lose from this match, having beaten Basel on away goals to reach the group stage although they could feel the wrath of a team with fire in their bellies after a slow domestic start.

Betting Tip: Chelsea -1.00 @ 4/7 with betfair

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