After a successful win in the Premier League last week, Chelsea switches their focus to the Champions League this weekend. The match schedules for Wednesday at Stamford Bridge. The match kickoffs at 8:55 pm.
The French side travels to London with hopes of getting their first win in the Champions League after two unsuccessful attempts. Chelsea will be looking to strengthen their spot in Group E of the competition.
Frank Lampard came under heavy criticism last time out when the side played host to Sevilla. However, he might be content that the side managed to pick a point against their group rivals. The draw pushed elevated the side to put up a show against side FC Krasnodar. The Blues managed a 4-0 win over their opponents.
Chelsea has much work to do to progress to the last 16 in the competition. Their last two results put a lot of pressure on their opponents. Eduoard Mendy will attract a lot of attention following his big-money move from Rennes to this transfer window.
Eduoard Mendy currently has five clean sheets for the Blues breaking Peter Cech’s record of four clean sheets since his transfer. The side is currently on a nine-game winning streak in the long run.
Rennes head into the match from the back of four winless runs. The mood of the club is somehow raised following their encounter against Brest.
Chelsea vs. Rennes Head to Head
Both sides are yet to meet against each other at this stage of the competition. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Burnley 0-3 Chelsea
FC Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla
Chelsea 3-3 Southampton
Rennes 2-1 Brest
Sevilla 1-0 Rennes
Rennes 1-2 Angers
Rennes 1-1 Krasnodar
Dijon 1-1 Rennes
Chelsea Team News
After being called in action in their win last weekend against Burnley, Lampard might choose to rest German international Timo Werner. The same applies to Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. Christian Pulisic will miss out on the clash after suffering a hamstring injury. Hudson Odoi and Emerson might get some minutes. Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva might get some rest.
Rennes Team News
A significant blow faces Rennes with Daniel Rugani and Eduardo Camavinga missing out due to injury. Steven Nzonzi is back in the starting lineup after serving a European suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Prediction and Odds
Chelsea has a far advantage in squad rotation and available finishing power to get the job done.
Both Teams to Score
Most Goals: 2H