Krasondar vs Chelsea Prediction

  • Krasnodar are without up to 7 first team players due to an injury crisis at the Russian club
  • Krasnodar lost 31 at home to Spartak Moscow at the weekend and manager Murad Musayev has said the team will be more or less unchanged
  • Chelsea have recorded backto-back clean sheets and Edouard Mendy and Tiago Silva already look to be inspired signings

TIP 1:Chelsea to win and under 4.5 goals

Chelsea make the long old trip to Southern Russia to try get their first win of the Champions League campaign, their previous match up in the group was a rather drab 0-0 at Stamford Bridge against Sevilla. Krasondar kicked off with a decent point away at Rennes, however goalkeeper Matvey Safonov had a man of the match display between the sticks. The Bulls faced 20 shots in Brittany with 7 hitting the target and were probably a touch lucky to get the draw.

Since that game they’ve had a myriad of injuries and the likes of Wanderson, Ari, Remy Cabella and Viktor Claesson are all out of this clash and doubts remain over the availability of Swedish striker Marcus Berg. No such issues are hampering the Blues though who have a near fully fit squad for the trip. Frank Lampard has struggled to strike a balance between defence and attack since taking the helm, a few changes could be made here in forward areas to give them an extra spark. Lampard will be pleased with the back-to-back clean sheets against dangerous opponents though.

Chelsea have been smashed in the betting since news of the hosts’ injury problems but we can still get 3/4 on them to win and under 4.5 goals in the game and that appeals. Given they aren’t at their firing best up front but improved in defence it is more likely to be a relatively low scoring victory than a real shootout.

Chelsea to win and under 4.5 goals - 2pts @ 3/4

TIP 2: Chelsea to win and under 4.5 goals

One player for Krasnodar that came in against Spartak was left back Evgeni Chernov. The former Rostov man only signed for Krasnodar a few weeks ago but before that he picked up 3 cards in eight appearances for Rostov this season. Chelsea have so many tricky wing options with Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Mason Mount possibilities to start up against him. Referee Ali Palabiyik is not shy of getting his card out and quotes of 9/2 look too big for Chernov to fall foul of a booking.

Evgeni Chernov to be carded - 1pt @ 9/2