Chelsea v Maccabi Tel-Aviv

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Chelsea will look to get their season back on track when they host Maccabi Tel-Aviv in their Champions League Group G opener on Wednesday.

The Blues have been well below their standards since the new campaign kicked off last month, winning just one of their opening five games in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho's side have already shipped 12 goals in those five outings, just three less than in their entire 2004/05 title-winning campaign.

However, the west Londoners will be determined to make a better start in Europe's premier club competition, which they won back in 2012, with the Israeli champions their first opponents.

The Yellows are unbeaten after three matches domestically and enter the clash in the English capital with back-to-back wins in their league.

Mourinho must make his preparations without a trio of players. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery and striker Radamel Falcao misses out with a similar problem.

Meanwhile, midfielder Oscar is making good progress in his recovery from a knee injury, but he is not quite ready to return to contention.

Visiting boss Slavisa Jokanovic has just one concern, with defender Eliazer Dasa unavailable as he serves a suspension.