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Chelsea vs Lille Game Preview, Odds, Live Stream, Picks & Predictions

Blues Welcome French Side in Champions League Round of 16

Chelsea Aiming for Back-to-Back Titles

Winning the English Premier League title seems impossible. That’s why Chelsea’s main goal is to become the second team to win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles. Real Madrid was the first in 2017.

The Blues couldn’t win Group H. However, that doesn’t stop them from being heavy betting online favorites for the first leg of the Round of 16. I do believe they deserve it, but Lille won’t be easy prey. We’re talking about the Ligue 1 champions and winners of Group G.

Chelsea vs Lille Game Preview, Odds, Live Stream, Picks & Predictions
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Highly Motivated

That’s the best way to describe Chelsea after the Blues won the FIFA Club World Cup. And there’s more because they also won their last EPL game prior to welcoming Lille. They defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 on the road thanks to a late goal from Hakim Ziyech.

The Blues haven’t lost in their last six games in all competitions, finishing with a clean sheet in three of them. That’s one of the advantages of having the best goalkeeper in the world, according to FIFA. Edouard Mendy has a lot to do with Chelsea dominating the soccer odds at -325.

Chelsea couldn’t win Group H. Juventus did. Curiously enough, the Blues scored more goals, and allowed less, than the Vecchia Signora. Chelsea drawing 3-3 to Zenit in the last fixture made the difference.

The Blues won all three home games by a 9-0 aggregate. That includes crushing the Italian side 4-0. With Romelu Lukaku back at full speed, I expect Chelsea to remain one of the top scoring teams.

You know who else is back? N’Golo Kante. The French midfielder missed pretty much the entire first half of the season due to injury but started against Crystal Palace. Kante and Jorginho are considered one of the best duos in Europe, making Chelsea a well-balanced team.

Chelsea’s predicted lineup: Edouard Mendy; Malang Sarr, Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic; Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku.

Nothing to Lose

Winning the Ligue 1 title is no longer an option for Lille. The defending champions are sitting in 11th place, 23 points behind PSG. Winning the Coupe de France is no longer an option either. They were eliminated by Lens in the Round of 32. That means winning the UCL is all they have left.

With that in mind, Les Dogues need to go all-in at Stamford Bridge, just like they did during the Group Stage. That mentality allowed them to win Group G over RB Salzburg and Sevilla. They finished with a 3-2-1 record, winning more games on the road than at home.

Canadian striker Jonathan David is the main reason for you to consider including them in your soccer picks. He’s among the Ligue 1 top scorers with 12 goals. Plus, he has scored three goals in the UCL.

Lille will be a little more rested after facing Metz last Friday while Chelsea played Saturday. The game ended with a goalless draw. Head coach Jocelyn Gourvennec rested some starters thinking about assaulting Stamford Bridge.

Lille’s predicted lineup: Ivo Grbic; Tiago Djalo, Jose Fonte, Sven Botman, Gabriel Gudmundsson; Timothy Weah, Benjamin Andre, Miguel da Silva, Jonathan Bamba; Jonathan David, Burak Yilmaz.

Chelsea vs Lille Head to Head

  • Previous Matches: 2
  • Chelsea Victories: 2 (4 goals)
  • Lille Victories: 0 (2 goals)
  • Draws: 0

Chelsea and Lille met in the Group Stage of the 2019-20 edition and the Blues won both games 2-1. They won at Stade Pierre Mauroy with goals from Tammy Abraham and William and prevailed at Stamford Bridge with goals from Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta. Keep in mind that Abraham now plays for AS Roma.

As you can see, if there’s something you can expect from these two, it’s goals. The total going over 2½ goals is offering a -130 price in the sportsbook. If the trend continues, the payout per every $100 bet on the over would be $230.

Chelsea vs Lille Game Information

  •  Date: Tuesday
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Stamford Bridge, London
  • Chelsea vs Lille Live Stream: fuboTV

Chelsea vs Lille Betting Lines

Team Handicap Moneyline Total Team Total
Chelsea -1½ -105 -325 2½  -130o 2½  +155o

2½  -190u

Lille +1½ -115 +950 2½  +110u ½  -105o

½  -125u

Draw +440

Chelsea vs Lille Prediction

Chelsea is the better team, no doubt about it, but Lille is one of the most dangerous sides on the counter-attack. During the Group Stage, the total went over every time Lille played on the road. Expect Lukaku and David to shine in a close, fast-paced match. Experience and having more impact players on the bench will tip the balance toward the Blues.

Score Prediction: Chelsea 2, Lille 1

Pick: Over 2½ goals (-130)

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