After drawing 3-3 at home to Southampton last month, we don’t imagine that Frank Lampard used many words we could repeat here in the dressing room afterwards.
Whatever he said, or presumably shouted, to his players seems to have worked wonders though, as they have won five out of seven games since.
And ahead of a Champions League trip to Rennes, the Blues are potentially just one win away from qualifying for the knockout stage.
|Fixture||Rennes v Chelsea|
|Date||Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 17:55|
|Where||Roazhon Park, Rennes|
|How to Watch||Live on BT Sport|
Our Top Odds Pick – Chelsea to Win To Nil – 15/8 at Betfair
Chelsea’s defence is tighter than your trousers after Christmas lunch, having let in just one goal in their previous seven games, and they have kept a clean sheet in each of their Champions League group games so far.
Rennes, on the other hand, seem to be practising a unique type of social distancing, which involves keeping the ball away from their opponent’s goal, as they haven’t scored in three games, losing all of them, including a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea in the reverse fixture.
A win for Frank Lampard’s men should ensure qualification for the Last 16 with two games to spare, and he will be keen to take care of business here, so we expect no mercy from Chelsea, and a comfortable win in France.
Our Extra Pick – Timo Werner to Score & Chelsea to Win – 7/5 at Paddy Power
Timo Werner’s three-match scoring streak came to an end last weekend, but Frank Lampard still singled him out for praise after a 2-0 win over Newcastle, following an all-action performance.
The German striker has really enjoyed the Champions League this season, averaging a goal a game in the Group Stage and scoring two in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory against Rennes last month.
He will relish another crack at the Frenchmen, and should be able to get on the end of at least one of the many chances Chelsea are sure to create on Wednesday.
Our Long Shot – 2-0 Correct Score – 15/2 at bet365
While we are expecting a comfortable Chelsea win, Rennes’ home record suggests that it may not be the landslide some are predicting, as they have won three, drawn two and lost two of their matches at the exotic-sounding Roazhon Park.
They have conceded more than one goal in just two of those seven home games, and scored in all but one of them, so we don’t expect them to lie down and have their tummies tickled like a French Poodle, but they certainly won’t be worrying Chelsea’s British Bulldogs.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of article publication, but may change.