Rennes v Chelsea prediction & betting tips brought to you by football expert Tom Love.
- Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Champions League games this season.
- Rennes have lost 6 of their last 7 matches in all competitions.
- Chelsea have won 5 in a row and have kept clean sheets in 6 of their last 7 in all competitions.
Chelsea head to Brittany on Tuesday evening with a focus on all but wrapping up qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Frank Lampard’s men have gained some much-needed consistency in the past month or so, they’re scoring goals but more importantly they’ve stopped shipping them since the arrival of Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva.
The balance of the team was an issue at the start of this season but Lampard has struck the right notes in midfield and has opted to play N’Golo Kante in his preferred defensive midfield role and he’s looking back to his best for it. Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham are getting good chances and there’s a healthy competition in the ranks that could help the Blues enormously in this non-stop, condensed campaign.
Where is the value?
Rennes seem to be struggling with the hectic nature of 2020 though. Julian Steffan has done a remarkable job with Les rouge et noir, guiding them to recent domestic cup finals as well as regular top 6 finishes in Ligue 1. That being said they’re struggling for form at the moment and a 1-0 home loss to lowly Bordeaux at the weekend will do nothing for their confidence.
Rennes will be without the suspended Dalbert, whilst key players M’Baye Niang, Danielle Rugani, Jonas Martin and Faitout Maouassa remain sidelined. The money is understandably coming for Chelsea, who have a near fully fit squad available, but we can still get even-money on the Blues to win and fewer than 5 goals in the game and that holds plenty of appeal.
The past 12 Rennes games have all seen under 4.5 goals, Chelsea are keeping clean sheets for fun so it could be a win to nil for the visitors. However, backing this selection gets the possible 2-1 and 3-1 correct scores onside too.