Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Betting Tips 16-09-2015
If Brendan Rodgers is feeling the heat not so much for results but for performances then Jose Mourinho must be looking over his shoulder after three defeats in the opening five games of the campaign have left Chelsea one position away from the relegation places and eleven points off the pace setters.
This is Chelsea's worst start to a top flight season since 1986 and coupled with their medical problems things are not well in the Chelsea camp. Last season Chelsea lost three games all campaign so that shows how far their star has fallen.
Quite why this has happened is a complete mystery. The addition of Pedro and Falcao would make Chelsea a more potent attacking force you would think but it seems that like Liverpool their troubles lie at the back.
The Blues now turn their attention to the Champions league before a showdown with Arsenal in the Premiership and these two fixtures are massive games for boss Jose Mourinho.
Maccabi Tel Aviv are currently second in the Israeli Premier League but they come into this game as huge underdogs with a best price 18/1 at Coral to win this game. On paper this should be a workout for Chelsea before the serious business of taking on Arsenal this weekend.
"I am happy that in this moment the players don't have too much time to think about what is happening and a different competition is welcome when we are not behind having less points than the opponents - we are on zero like Maccabi, Porto and Dynamo Kiev. It is a good challenge, I cannot be here jumping or laughing because people may think I am not sad or frustrated so I cannot laugh too much, but the reality is I face this situation smiling inside because it is a good challenge."
This is the first time that these two teams have played against each other and with Chelsea having lost only once in their last 35 Champions league matches at home and Tel Aviv making only their second appearance in this competition this looks like a clear cut bet.
Incidentally no Israeli club has ever made it into the knockout rounds so a win for Maccabi Tel Aviv would be a major shock.