Frank Lampard is learning fast the difficulties of the Champions League and although popular sportsbooks make his Blues side slight favourites in this one, he will know you can take nothing for granted.
After a disappointing game week one, the pressure is firmly on for both these sides. Although over 2.5 goals may seem odd considering neither scored in their opening group game, Chelsea have proved a dab hand at finding the back of the net on their travels this season. The Blues have scored 10 times on the road this season in their last three games (including the Super Cup) whilst Lille have netted nine times in four home games. Online betting sites may make it difficult to split the two so backing over 2.5 goals in the game is a good way to go instead.
OVER 2.5 GOALS IN THE GAME
This is really an extension of the above bet as we have already highlighted why there is likely to be over 2.5 goals but to add to the ammo of backing both teams to score, you only need to look at the fact that Lille have not failed to score two or more goals in every home game they have played this season whilst the Premier League outfit have scored at least twice in their last three away games making this a great way to double with the overs bet above for additional value.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
One thing all but certain is that we should be in for a tight game. That is because four of Lille’s six Ligue 1 games have ended with a winning margin of just one or a draw. Fiver of Chelsea’s last seven games in all competitions have also been won or lost by a single goal or drawn. With the pressure on both managers to get off the mark do expect a exciting game but expect a nervy affair with Chelsea’s extra quality shining through – just.
CHELSEA TO WIN BY A SINGLE GOAL
Head to Head
Remarkably this will be the first time the pair will have met in European competition. However, Chelsea are no strangers to playing French opposition and have a record of one win, two draws and five defeats on their visits over the channel.
Chelsea to win 2-1
We are backing Chelsea to come away with the win here in a hard-fought battle against their French opponents. The Blues have either drawn or won/lost five of their games this season by a single goal and heading to Lille will be no walkover as the visit of Valencia to the Bridge proved. However, the Premier League outfit are the stronger of the two sides and should head home with Lampard’s first three Champions League points in the bag.
Callum Brady is an avid football fan and overly optimistic Leeds supporter #MOT! When he is not spotted visiting Elland Road, Callum spends his time following European Football, Rugby, and has recently taken interest in the NFL. A travel enthusiast, Callum is always looking for recommendations on where to travel based on football pitches to visit.
All Predictions by Callum Brady