Picking up their first Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge since Frank Lampard was appointed the new man in charge over the summer, Chelsea now turns their attention back to European duties.
Despite their 2-0 win over Brighton in West London over the weekend, the former English champions could only slump to a 1-0 defeat against Valencia in their Champions League opener a fortnight ago.
With Wednesday’s trip to France already being labelled as a must-win, the Blues are not the only side who are looking to bounce immediately back after a sluggish Group H opener.
Suffering a 3-0 hammering and hugely outplayed by last year’s semi-finalists Ajax out in Amsterdam, both Chelsea and Lille already find themselves chasing a three-point deficit in the race to secure a knockout spot.
While all might be to play for in midweek, it is worth noting that both sides have failed to register a single goal in their last five combined Champions League matchups and a 0-0 stalemate at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy can be found at 10/1 with Bet365.
Victor Osimhen – Lille’s new star?
Ending their five-year Champions League exile last season, Lille have continued to enjoy a stable start to the new Ligue 1 campaign.
Climbing back into the top-four in France’s top-tier, there is no doubt that Head Coach Christophe Galtier will be calling on some drastic European improvements.
Suffering a 3-0 hammering away at Ajax a fortnight ago, Les Dogues are already pencilled in at 5/1 with Betfair to secure a route out of Group H, behind Chelsea, Ajax, and Valencia.
While the French outfit may have gained a reputation for being a feeder club for some of Europe’s more iconic clubs, fans around the Stade Pierre-Mauroy have made it clear that their side are looking to be a surprise package this season.
If Lille are to pick up their first Champions League victory since 2014, then they will be looking for leading marksman Victor Osimhen to spearhead their charge.
Stepping up after seeing Nicolas Pepe secure a move to Arsenal over the summer, the 20-year-old has done an impressive job of filling his void.
Once again attracting interest from across Europe, the Nigerian starlet has six goals in his opening eight Ligue 1 matchups so far and Osimhen can be found at 2/1 with Bet365 to open his European account on Wednesday.
Lampard calling on a response
With Head Coach Frank Lampard watching his side pick up a much-needed victory over Brighton on Saturday, Chelsea will be desperate to keep up that momentum in midweek.
Opening their Group H campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Valencia, the former Premier League champions already find themselves chasing down a deficit.
Sat down in third, Chelsea can be found at 10/11 with Bet365 to secure a route to the knockout stage come December, behind both Valencia and Ajax who sit at 2/7 and 4/7 respectively.
Although the likes of leading marksman Tammy Abraham may have shown some real signs of promise in the final third, Chelsea still have some defensive issues that need resolving entering October.
The Blues have recorded just a single clean sheet in any of Lampard’s 10 matchups in charge and Wednesday’s guests can be found as low as 4/11 with Ladbrokes to have their defence once again breached in midweek.
While many in West London feel that the mood around Stamford Bridge is on the rise, Chelsea have been hit with a real injury concern before they travel out to France.
The former England midfielder has revealed that N’Golo Kante has once again suffered a hamstring injury and will miss Wednesday’s match at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Kante’s absence will likely see former Real Madrid man Mateo Kovacic likely to get the nod at the heart of Chelsea’s midfield.