Diego Costa and John Terry
No bust-up between teammates Terry and Costa, say Chelsea Getty

Chelsea will take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in the first Champions League group stage fixture of the 2015/16 season at Stamford Bridge on 16 September, Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7.45pm BST. Live coverage of the match will be available on BT Sport 2.


Chelsea have not enjoyed a great run in the league as they lost three of the first five matches played so far. They have managed to win only one match against West Bromwich Albion and that too by a narrow margin as the final scoreline was 3-2 in the Blues' favour.

Jose Mourinho is without a win in the last two matches. The former Real Madrid manager will be hoping his side can end their poor run in recent times with a victory in the Champions League clash.

Jose Mourinho
Mourinho unfazed by Chelsea\'s poor form Getty

Meanwhile, Maccabi made it to the group stages for the first time since 2004. They have made through every stage of the qualifiers to make it to Europe's elite club competition and in the process have eliminated FC Basel as well.

The Israeli outfit will be hoping they can register a victory over the Premier League champions in the first fixture of Europe's elite club competition.

What They Say

Jose Mourinho: "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."

Slavisa Jokanovic: "Actually, we surprised everybody. We beat some good teams with experience of the group stage and now we're going to try and surprise people again, starting on Wednesday."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Chelsea to win: 2/13
  • Draw: 31/4
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv to win: 20

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions): L L W L D
  • Last Result: Everton 3-1 Chelsea

Maccabi Tel Aviv

  • Last Five (all competitions): D W D W D
  • Last Result: Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1-1 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Team News


Possible XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Zouma, Ivanovic; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Falcao

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Possible XI: Juan Pablo; Shpungin, Alberman, Zahavi, Ben Haim II; Tibi, Ben Harush, Rikan, Mitrovic; Ben Haim I, Igiebor