Knowing that defeat on Tuesday night is not an option if they’re to secure a spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, a stalling Chelsea will welcome Lille to Stamford Bridge in midweek.
Suffering another shock defeat on the road over the weekend and watching Everton grab all three points on Merseyside, the Premier League outfit have won just one of their last five matches across all competitions and now remain in a real battle to secure a route out of Group H.
With their goal difference keeping them behind both Ajax and Valencia in the race for a top-two finish, Lille simply have their sights set on causing an upset on foreign soil on Tuesday night.
Long since seeing any chance of finding a route out of Group H go up in smoke, Lille are yet to record a single Champions League victory this year despite showing some much-needed improvements of late.
Picking up a 2-1 win when the two sides met in France earlier in the year, you might be interested to know that Chelsea can be found at 7/1 with Bet365 to land an identical outcome in midweek.
Chelsea in need of a response
While Chelsea may have enjoyed quite the fairy tale start to life under Frank Lampard and embarking on a winning run that saw them snatch a 1-0 win in Amsterdam back in October, the Blues now find themselves in the midst of a minor crisis.
With their top-four Premier League status being cut by the week, the former England midfielder saw his side suffer a 3-1 hammering away at a struggling Goodison Park over the weekend.
With just a single victory over their past five appearances and also suffering a 1-0 defeat at home against West Ham earlier in the month, the reigning Europa League winners are now in a battle to secure a route out of Group H.
Sat behind Valencia on goal difference, Lampard knows that they will need at least a point on Tuesday if they’re to surpass the Spanish outfit to second spot.
There is no doubt that fans in West London will be most concerned by this side’s issues at the back.
Shipping a trio of goals on the road over the weekend, Chelsea have managed to record just a single clean sheet across any competition in their last 10 appearances and can be found priced at 1/1 with Ladbrokes to have their defence breached on Tuesday night.
Lille looking to spoil the party
Although Lille have long since seen any chance to securing a route out of Group H go up in smoke, the French outfit have begun to show some signs of life.
Picking up a 1-0 win over Brest last time out, Christophe Galtier’s men have now landed three straight wins on the bounce, a run that was highlighted by another 1-0 win away at Lyon earlier in the month.
Despite still looking for their first European victory this season, Lille have begun to show some much-needed defensive resolve.
Recording clean sheets in all three of their victories, you might be interested to know that Les Dogues are priced as high as 12/1 with Coral to record yet another shock clean sheet on their travels.
While Lille may have shown some inconsistencies since opening the 2019/2020 campaign, leading marksman Victor Osimhen has remained a constant threat for Tuesday’s guests.
Bagging the winner against Brest last time out, the Nigerian starlet has 11 goals to his name this season and can be found priced at 4/1 with Paddy Power to find the net at Stamford Bridge in midweek.