Lille and Chelsea
Both teams looking for first points in the Champions League, Lille and Chelsea face each other at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in a game from Group H of the European top competition. Let’s preview this clash on French soil in our Champions League predictions for today.
Lille visited Ajax at the Johan Cruijff Arena in the first round of the group stage and it didn’t end very well for the Dogs. Being outplayed by their hosts, Lille suffered a 0-3 agains the last season’s semi-finalists. Christophe Galtier’s team tried everything possible to compete, but Erik ten Hag’s side was just much better.
In the Ligue 1 Lille are moving well, though. They are currently fourth in the standings, being just two points behind the third Nantes. During the weekend the Dogs visited Nice and won a point after a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea dissapointed in Frank Lampard’s debut in the Champions League as a manager. The legendary midfielder won the competition as a player in 2012, but as a coach he debuted with a loss. The Blues hosted Valencia at the Stamford Bridge, but lost the game with 0-1. The only goal in the game was scored by Rodrigo, who managed to put the ball in the net behind Kepa after a set piece.
This Chelsea side is much younger than usual, which we should remind you. Frank Lampard introduces some new faces like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and the summer signing Christian Pulisic, so the fans must be patient. On few occasions this season Chelsea showed that these young players have the potential to become stars.
In our Champions League predictions for today we think for Chelsea this is a good chance to fix the mistake they made against Valencia in the first round. Lille deserve respect, because they are a Ligue 1 team, but the Blues have the tools to win this one.