Champions League: Chelsea vs Lille - preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Champions League: Chelsea vs Lille - preview, team news, prediction and tips
February 22
Football

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Chelsea will welcome Lille to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League last-16 round first-leg tie on Tuesday. The kick-off is at 22:00 CEST.

Preview

Even though Chelsea haven't been at their best since the turn of the year in terms of their performances, Thomas Tuchel's men are on a five-game winning streak accross all competitions ahead of their return to the Champions League. What's more, the Blues' current run includes a 2-1 victory over Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final two weeks ago. As for their most recent encounter, Chelsea saw off Crystal Palace 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to find themselves in third in the table, four points clear of fourth-placed Man United and with a game in hand.

Lille, meanwhile, have only managed two wins in their last five Ligue 1 matches as Jocelyn Gourvennec's side continue to struggle for consistency in their title-defensive season. Lille's goalless stalemate with Metz last Friday means that they are now 11th in the French top flight, nine points adrift of third-placed Nice.

Team news

Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all unavailable for the hosts due to injury. Angel Gomez, in turn, is the only injury absentee in the visitors' squad.

Prediction

It would've been easy to suggest that Lille could cause major harm to Chelsea last season when they were led to the Ligue 1 title by Christophe Galtier. The Frenchman, however, has left the club to join Nice since then and now it would be a huge surprise if they could resist the Blues' attacking threat. Thus, let's back Tuchel's crop to get the job done on Tuesday.

Tip

Chelsea to win to nil at 1.87 with 1XBET.


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