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Chelsea welcome Maribor to Stamford Bridge, looking to extend their lead at the top of Group H.

Jose Mourinho's men were disappointing in their opening round draw with Schalke before a Nemanja Matic header saw off Sporting Lisbon.

Maribor meanwhile have picked up a point from both of their games so far and Mourinho insists his side cannot afford to underestimate the Slovenian minnows.

Nevertheless, the Blues are firing on all cylinders this term and will take some stopping.

Here's 11 things to look out for at Stamford Bridge.

1. When is the match?

Tuesday at 7:45pm.

2. What channel is it on?

You can watch it on ITV. Coverage gets under way at 7.30pm.

3. Team news

Chelsea: Spanish hitman Diego Costa will again miss out for Chelsea with Loic Remy set to deputise. Ramires will also be absent for the Blues but Andre Schurrle should have recovered from the bug that kept him out of the win at Palace.

Filipe Luis - who has started both Champions League games so far - will hope to get the nod ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Maribor: Alexander Rajcevic is set to keep his place in the Slovenian's back-line, despite scoring two own goals in their 2-1 defeat to Celje on Saturday.

Agim Ibraimi could miss out in order to protect him for later in the Champions League, as he is just one booking away from a suspension.

Paul Gilham

Up top: Remy is set to lead the line for Chelsea

4. Predicted sides

5. Reasons for Chelsea fans to be optimistic

  • The Blues have scored in every game they have played so far this season.
  • Jose Mourinho has guided his side into the knockout stages in the last 11 campaigns - with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
  • Maribor come into the clash having lost to mid-table Celje in the Slovenian league on Saturday.

6. Reasons for Maribor fans to be optimistic

  • Maribor are yet to taste defeat in this season's competition.
  • Chelsea lost twice at home during last season's Champions League.
  • The Slovenians are five games unbeaten away from home in all competitions.

7. The key man

Cesc Fabregas has returned to England this season and it's like he has never been away.

The Spaniard added the finishing touches to a stunning goal at Palace on Saturday and also set up Nemanja Matic in the win in Lisbon in the previous group game.

With Nemanja Matic alongside him, Fabregas has been given the freedom to roam under Mourinho and continues to flourish.

Action Images Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring the second goal for Chelsea

On song: Fabregas celebrates his wonderful second at Palace

8. Previous matches

The two sides have never met in the competition. In fact, Chelsea will be facing a Slovenian team for the first time.

9. Quote corner

Jose Mourinho: "They have two points. They are unbeaten in the Champions League.

"I think in this moment people will have thought they would have zero points but they got one point against Sporting and they went to Germany and they got exactly the same result as we got against Schalke, only ours was at Stamford Bridge.

"We need the three points. I'm going to play with the strongest possible team, trying to get the points, respecting them."

10. Betting odds

Chelsea are huge favourites to pick up three points on Tuesday night, with Paddy Power pricing them at 1/7.

The draw is on offer at 13/2 but if you fancy backing the underdog, you can get Maribor at a staggering 16/1.

11. Champions League Group G

 

 P

 W

 D

 L

 F

 A

 GD

 Pts

Chelsea

2

1

1

0

2

1

1

4

Maribor

2

0

2

0

2

2

0

2

Schalke

2

0

2

0

2

2

0

2

Sporting Lisbon

2

0

1

1

1

2

-1

1

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