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Lille vs Chelsea: Preview, team news, key facts and predicted lineup

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Chelsea travels to Stade Pierre Mauroy to face LOSC Lille in the second leg of the round of 16 tie in the Champions League. The blues head into the second leg against Lille with a healthy two-goal lead.

Chelsea come into the Champions League tie after a week that was filled with the good, bad, and the worst. The club owner Roman Abramovich was posed under sanctions by the UK Government. While on the pitch Thomas Tuchel’s side continues to pick up results. Kai Havertz’s late winner against Newcastle United helped the blue grab yet another three points in the league.

Chelsea Champions League Form: L W W W D W

While LOSC Lille comes into the game after a 0-0 draw against AS Saint-Étienne in the French League one. The club are currently 6th in the League one table. They have picked up 43 points from 28 league games so far this term.

Lille Champions League Form: L D W W W L

Thomas Tuchel will be hoping for an easy tie and a place in the next knockout round in the Champions League. While LOSC Lille will be looking to grab an early goal and potentially grabbing a way back into the tie and potentially cause an upset.

Key facts

  • Lille have lost their last three Champions League matches against Chelsea. These include two group stage matches in the 2019-20 season and the first leg of this tie.
  • Chelsea have advanced into the next round of fixtures in the Champions League knockout stage nine of the 11 times in which they have won the first leg. 
  • While Lille have been eliminated every single time they have lost in the first leg of a knockout stage fixture.
  • The blues have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Champion League games.

Team news

Benjamin Andre should be back with the French outfit after missing the last few games due to illness. While Renato Sanches picked up an injury during the clash against Saint-Etienne in the league last time around. Burak Yilmaz might get a rare start in the front line.

Ben Chilwell is ruled out of the clash due to his ACL injury. Cesar Azpilicueta should be back in the starting lineup after missing the last game due to illness. Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both major doubts ahead of the clash. Thiago Silva is also expected to return to the starting lineup.

Predicted lineup

LOSC Lille predicted lineup:

Jardim; Celik, Fonte, Botman, Djalo; Bamba, Andre, Xeka, Gudmundsson; David, Yilmaz

Chelsea predicted lineup:

Mendy; Silva, Christensen, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic

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