Chelsea vs. Stade Rennes Match preview
Chelsea are set to host Rennes at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in a UEFA Champions’ League group stage game. The Blues come into this game with a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday in the English Premier League. Goals from Hakim Ziyech Moroccan midfielder, France international Kurt Zouma, and striker Timo Werner secured a comfortable win for Frank Lampard’s men.
The west London side has bagged four points from their two Group E fixtures so far, after drawing with Sevilla on October 20 before thrashing Krasnodar 4-0 victory last week.
Rennes, on the other hand, secured a 2-1 win over Brest in Ligue 1 on Saturday. Captain Damien Da Silva and Nayef Aguero scored the goals which ensured victory for Julien Stephan’s side, while winger Franck Honorat scored the only consolation goal for Brest.
- There have been more than two goals scored in six of Chelsea’s last seven Champions League games.
- Chelsea has played two UEFA champions, won one and drawn one.
- Rennes have lost once and drawn once in the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea vs. Rennes Head to Head
The pair have not faced each other in a competitive fixture.
Chelsea team news
Chelsea will miss services from USA international Christian Pulisic as well as young Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, who are both sidelined with injuries. Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has already lost his place to Edouard Mendy is a major doubt for the home clash.
Billy Gilmour underwent surgery on a knee injury and he is making excellent progress, and there is a chance that the young midfielder could be available after the international break.
Lampard is managing Thiago Silva’s fitness smartly so it remains in his decision to see whether to involve here.
Should Frank Lampard decide to rest Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso is available for Blues’ side once again after serving his Champions League suspension.
Rennes team news
Rennes has a few injury concerns to deal with. Teenage Eduardo Camavinga, Italian center-back Daniele Rugani, young left-back Faitout Maouassa, midfielder Flavien Tait and Senegal international M’Baye Niang are all out nursing injuries.
18-year-old Jeremy Doku is yet to take off since he signed for Rennes over the summer but he is one to watch for the away side if he is given a chance.
Chelsea vs. Rennes Prediction
Chelsea has had a shaky and inconsistency start to their season, despite heavy investment in the summer transfer window. However, new signings like Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, and Thiago Silva have looked impressive in recent games in their play; while the presence of Edouard Mendy in goal has seen the defense look guaranteed.
Rennes also invested massively in the summer, having lost vital attacker Raphinha to Leeds United. Young talents including Jeremy Doku and Martin Terrier have stood into the gap, while Eduardo Camavinga continues to be the club’s prized asset. It remains to be seen.
Chelsea are at the top spot in their Champions’ League group while Rennes sit at the bottom, and the Blues should not have major problems against them this week.
Our pundits are predicting a win for the host for this match, Betway backing the results with 1.36 odds while 1XBet is giving 1.392 odds
Over 2.5 Betway 1.62 1XBet 1.675
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