A win at home to already-eliminated Lille will take Chelsea into the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? However, Chelsea haven’t made things easy for themselves in this competition and now they come into this crucial game in the midst of a bad run.
They’ve won just two of their last seven, the Blues slipping to a 3-1 defeat at managerless Everton on Saturday.
Defensive errors were again on display at Goodison and that iffy backline may be the key to profits in this game.
Chelsea have been far from watertight at the back this season – Ajax tore them apart in the last CL game at the Bridge, scoring four times – and even though Lille won’t have a complete first XI out, it’s not hard to see Chelsea conceding, particularly given Fikayo Tomori missed training on Monday.
Lille boss Christophe Galtier admitted Friday’s game with Montpellier was his team’s priority this week – they cannot even reach the Europa League by finishing third in the group – but he added on team selection: “We do not want to be ridiculous”.
With the likes of Jose Fonte set for a rest and Cheikh Niasse suspended, Chelsea will be given enough encouragement to grab the result they need.
But 2/1 about them winning whilst conceding is much more attractive than 2/9 about any kind of win.
Former Chelsea striker Loic Remy is among those ready to come in for Lille and he can help them grab a goal and deliver a decent profit.
For a longer price, try Mateo Kovacic to score.
He’s netted twice in his last four games and has had other chances too.
The Croatian has been getting into more advanced positions and being encouraged to shoot more.
Playing the best football of his Chelsea career, he’s flowing with confidence right now and against makeshift opponents, backing him to score at 13/2 could well reward.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score – 2/1 with 888sport
Mateo Kovacic to score at any time – 13/2 with Paddy Power
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