Chelsea vs Rennes UCL Matchday 4 Preview, predicted lineups, team news and Prediction
UEFA Champions League is back and on Wednesday, The Blues from London travel to Rennes. Alley Sport is here with all the details about Chelsea vs Rennes preview.
Frank Lampard’s men will be taking on Julien Stéphan’s men for the second time. The last time they met, Chelsea beat Rennes 3-0. Will they be able to do it again in France?
Chelsea vs Rennes Preview
Chelsea will be coming into this fixture with 5 back to back wins. The blues beat Newcastle with a 2-0 away win which is currently keeping them at 3rd position in the Premier League. In their last match, Federico Fernandez scored an own goal while Tammy Abraham scored in the 65′ minute to make it 2-0.
Rennes on the other hand come into this fixture with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bordeaux where Hatem Ben Arfa, former Rennes and PSG man, scored to give Bordeaux a 1-0 lead over Rennes.
Chelsea have won just two of their nine away UEFA Champions League matches in France, though they won on their last visit there last season, beating Lille 2-1 in the group stage.
Chelsea are looking to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League matches tor the first time since December 2015, while they haven’t won three in a row without conceding since November 2013.
Chelsea vs Rennes preview and team news
Kai Havertz has been working hard to get back into playing shape after being forced to take it easy for two weeks following mild symptoms and a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. He’s missed all three of Chelsea’s games this month, including the weekend’s trip to Newcastle, for which he was eligible but not match fit. Lampard has included him in the Squad for the match against Rennes and will be looking to give him some minutes.
Here’s what Lampard had to say about the German’s fitness “Kai is a naturally fit boy so I hope to have him travelling with us to Rennes and maybe he’ll get some minutes. I’m not sure exactly how many because it was a two-week isolation but he looks in good shape.”
Lampard will also be looking to resting some players as they have a grueling fixtures in the premier league as they play Tottenham on 29th then Sevilla in UCL and then Leeds in the League and then Everton the next week.
Ben Chilwell still has a back problem but played in the Newcastle game also Mason mount has had a lot of playing time with England in the Nations league. Christian Pulisic is still out with a hamstring injury.
If Chelsea win the match they qualify which will help Lampard to rotate his squad for the CL games therefore he’ll have his players for tricky Premier League fixtures. To do this they must first beat Rennes at their home.
Chelsea vs Rennes predicted lineup
Chelsea predicted starting XI(4-3-3):-
GK– Edouard Mendy
RB– Reece James
LB– Ben Chilwell
CM– N’Golo Kante
CM– Mason Mount
RW– Hakim Ziyech
ST– Tammy Abraham
LW– Callum Hudson-Odoi
With the form Chelsea have been in we Predict that they’ll win the game 3-1.
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