Lille vs Chelsea: prediction for the Champions League match
The reigning champions of Ligue 1 welcome the current Champions League trophy holders to Stade Pierre Mauroy for the second leg of their last-16 tie. Can the hosts upset the favourites and advance to the next round of the competition? Here's our prediction.
Lille have done well in their Champions League campaign. They topped Group G with 11 points from three victories and two draws and comfortably qualified for the knockouts.
In France, however, Les Dogues have struggled this season. Lille made a second-round exit at the Coupe de France, consequent to their defeat to Lens on penalties.
The defending champions of Ligue 1 are currently only in 6th place in the table with 43 points from 11 victories and 10 draw. After an impressive victory over Clermont Foot (4:0), Jocelyn Gourvennec's side drew against St-Etienne (0:0).
Today the hosts will be without Sanches.
Chelsea won the Champions League last year and are hoping to defend their title. The Londoners qualified for the playoffs from the 2nd line in the table and beat the French champions 2:0 in the first leg of their match.
The Blues lost to Liverpool in the final of the League Cup two weeks ago, but they still have a chance to win the FA Cup. This weekend, Chelsea will go against giant-killers Middlesbrough in the quarterfinal of the competition. In the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel's team occupies the 3rd line with 59 points from 17 victories and eight draws.
The visitors have the best defense in the Premier League and conceded only 19 goals in 28 games. In the last three rounds, Chelsea beat Burnley (4:0), Norwich City (3:1), and Newcastle (1:0).
The visitors will be without the services of Chilwell, James, Azpilicueta and Hudson-Odoi.
Lille only lost 1 of their last 10 home games.
In 3 of the last 4 games of Lille, goals were scored in both halves.
This bet played in 2 of the last 4 games of the visitors.
No penalties have been given in recent head-to-head games.
Chelsea are in great form and they are the favourites to win this match. The challenge for Lille will be to overcome their two-goal deficit, which is almost impossible, but they will surely go for broke on the offensive. Both teams should score.
Our prediction — both to score
The Blues just need to maintain the status quo and will be content with a draw. Our prediction is that the visitors will demonstrate solid defense and hold Lille to a draw.
Second bet — draw