Chelsea vs Lille prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Lille
Chelsea are on the brink of the knockout stages.
The Blues still have work to do though so will they get the win they need over the bottom side in the group?
Highlights of LOSC Lille 1-2 Chelsea
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Highlights of Olympique Lyonnais 0-1 LOSC Lille
Chelsea vs LOSC Lille: Who will win?
Chelsea are huge favourites to come out on top at 2/11.
Lille meanwhile are 16/1 to leave Stamford Bridge with a shock victory.
A draw, which could be disastrous for Chelsea, is 11/2.
Over 2.5 goals is 1/2.
Both teams to score no though is 4/7.
Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals is 1/2.
Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s top scorer this season. He is 2/1 to open the scoring and odds on at 1/2 to score anytime.
Mason Mount will also be a threat. He is 9/2 to score first and 6/4 to add to his tally.
Victor Osimhen scored for the Ligue 1 side in the reverse fixture. He is 10/1 to score first and 16/5 to score again.
Yusuf Yazıcı could also pop up with a goal. The Turkish international is 22/1 to break the deadlock and 16/5 to net anytime.
Both Christian Pulisic and Abraham to score is 11/5.
Both Willian and Abraham to score is 11/2.
Both Luiz Araújo and Osimhen to score is 40/1.
Both Jonathan Ikoné and Osimhen to score is 50/1.
Chelsea vs LOSC Lille: Match preview
It’s fair to say it has been a difficult Champions League campaign so far for Chelsea but their destiny remains in their own hands.
Last time out in this competition, goals from Mateo Kovačić and Christian Pulisic saw them to a 2-2 draw with Valencia in Mestalla.
If they’d have won that game, the Blues would have qualified but, given that the hosts missed numerous great chances, they were happy with the solitary point.
That leaves Ajax on ten points and Valencia and Chelsea on eight with Los Che boasting a better head to to head.
Nevertheless, regardless of what happens at the Johan Cruyff Arena, a Chelsea win will send them through.
A draw would be enough if Ajax beat Valencia in Amsterdam but they will not want to rely on that.
However, Frank Lampard’s side come into this crunch fixture in pretty wretched form.
On Saturday, they were outfought and outplayed in a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park by Everton.
That’s now three league defeats in four for Frank Lampard’s team who remain fourth but are just five points above Manchester United and Wolves now. With Spurs six points adrift of the Blues.
Before they can address that though, they must progress in the Champions League.
They narrowly won the reverse meeting 2-1 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in October.
Will it be a more comfortable night at the Bridge against their visitors from northern France?
Lille to shock London?
As for Lille, their return to Europe’e premier competition has not exactly gone to plan.
They qualified by finishing second in Ligue 1 which was a remarkable achievement given that they were in the relegation play-offs the season before.
However, they only have one point on the board in this competition.
That came on matchday three when Jonathan Ikoné’s 95th minute equaliser saw them hold Valencia to a 1-1 draw at home.
Last time out, despite competing for long periods of the game, they were eventually beaten 2-0 by Ajax at home.
That ensured their European adventure will end here so can they go out with a bang?
In stark contrast, Lille’s domestic form has been great in recent matches.
On Friday night, Victor Osimhen scored the only goal of the game as they beat Brest at home.
That made it three 1-0 wins in a row following a home victory over Dijon and, most impressive of all, a victory over Olympique Lyonnais away.
That has lifted them back into the top three, which would qualify them for the Champions League, with only Olympique Marseille and champions Paris Saint-Germain above them.
They are a good team but, with nothing to play for, can they stun Stamford Bridge?
Chelsea team news vs LOSC Lille
Frank Lampard named the same side at Everton as the one that beat Aston Villa last Wednesday.
However, after their poor performance on Merseyside, he will surely make changes.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will keep his place in goal, looking to prove some critics wrong.
In defence, Reece James’ recent form means he is undroppable at right-back.
This has seen club captain César Azpilicueta forced to play on the other side, at the expense of Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso.
At centre-back, Andreas Christensen is expected to drop out with Fikayo Tomori returning to rekindle his partnership with Kurt Zouma.
In midfield, controversially, Jorginho has been left out the last couple of games.
However, as Chelsea look to regain some control, he’ll return alongside N’Golo Kanté and Mateo Kovačić.
The latter has suddenly found some goalscoring form.
Kovačić has scored in two of his last four games, as many as he had in his previous 163 matches for both Chelsea and previous club Real Madrid beforehand.
If this is the midfield trio, Mason Mount could be left on the bench.
Out-wide, Willian and Christian Pulisic are likely to keep their places over Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pedro.
Up front, Tammy Abraham will start.
Can he add to his 12 goals this season and fire Chelsea back to the Champions League knockout phase?
LOSC Lille team news vs Chelsea
As for Christophe Galtier’s side, despite the fact they have nothing to play for, they will name a strong side.
Mike Maignan is the number one goalkeeper and he will keep his place.
In defence, Gabriel and José Fonte are the first choice-centre backs.
However, the former Southampton man is likely to be rested with Tiago Djaló coming in.
Zeki Çelik and Domagoj Bradarić will keep their place at full-back.
Likewise, Benjamin André and Boubakary Soumaré are likely to start in the deeper midfield roles, chosen over Xeka.
Further forward, they have options in the attacking trio.
Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches will start in the hole, flanked by Jonathan Ikoné and Jonathan Bamba.
Luiz Araújo and Yusuf Yazıcı are the other options.
Victor Osimhen will lead the line; he scored one of his ten goals this season in the reverse fixture.
Loïc Rémy will be on the bench; could be do damage against one of his former clubs?
Summer signing Timo Weah is injured.
This side are already out of the Champions League, can they take Chelsea out with them?
Predicted Chelsea line-up vs LOSC Lille
Predicted LOSC Lille line-up vs Chelsea
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The latest tweets from Chelsea pre LOSC Lille
Not our day but we’ll be back on Tuesday.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 7, 2019
That feeling never gets old! 🙌
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 4, 2019
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 4, 2019
The latest tweets from LOSC Lille pre Chelsea
That’s it !! Our 3️⃣rd 1-0 @Ligue1_ENG win in-a-row and we move into provisional 3️⃣rd place in the standings 👊.
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) December 6, 2019
“I would say I’m a warrior because I fight for everything.” Have you watched our fascinating interview with @victorosimhen9 yet ?
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) December 7, 2019
1️⃣st away win of the season, 3️⃣ valuable points and we move up to 4️⃣th place in the provisional @Ligue1_ENG standings. Great night’s work, boys 👏. #OLLOSC 0-1 (Ikoné 68′) pic.twitter.com/6N9HUhPxKU
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) December 3, 2019
“We know that Renato Sanches is a top player, physically and technically strong. We trust him. Against Dijon, he played a great match. Like all of us, he’s ready for (Lyon) tomorrow.” – Gabriel Magalhaes pic.twitter.com/rZ5yk85tFs
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) December 2, 2019
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) December 1, 2019
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) November 28, 2019
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) November 27, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Premier League table:
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion||26||6||9||11||31||38||-7||27|
|18||West Ham United||26||6||6||14||30||45||-15||24|
Ligue 1 table:
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|7||RC Strasbourg Alsace||25||11||4||10||32||29||3||37|
|10||FC Girondins Bordeaux||25||9||8||8||35||28||7||35|
|13||Stade Brestois 29||25||8||9||8||32||33||-1||33|