Chelsea v Lille: Blues expected to cruise at the Bridge


THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE return on Tuesday night. Daniel McCulloch (@DMcCulloch1984) analyses the odds as Chelsea host Lille on Matchday 6.

Chelsea v Lille | Tuesday 10th December 2019, 20:00 | BT Sport

It’s win and you are in for Chelsea against Lille on Tuesday night. Victory over the French side will secure a Last 16 berth for Frank Lampard’s side and given that they are generally 1/5 to prevail, it’s fair to say that the bookmakers expect an easy ride for the home side.

Lille are currently third in Ligue 1, with three single goal victories in a row. They have, however, fared pretty poorly in this competition, gaining just one point from five games and losing both encounters on the road by three goals.

While Chelsea have been one of the most entertaining sides in the Premier League, with their games averaging 3.43 goals per-game, Lille have been rather dour domestically, with their 17 games including just 36 goals (an average of 2.12).

Generally I look for a Both Teams To Score angle in Chelsea matches. It has landed in 12 of their 16 home Premier League games and three of five in the Champions League. However, factoring Lille’s motivation (they cannot finish anywhere but bottom of this group), their away form in this competition and Chelsea’s attacking mentality under Frank Lampard, I am left with a couple of handicap bets.

The safer play is Chelsea -1.5 at 9/13 with BetVictor but I also wouldn’t want to put anyone off Chelsea -2.5 at 33/20 with Unibet. I fully understand concerns about the West London side defensively, but I expect a significant improvement in performance in midweek and against such poor travellers with little to play for, I wouldn’t rule out a procession at Stamford Bridge.

Best Bets

Chelsea v Lille – Chelsea -1.5 Asian Handicap (9/13 BetVictor)

Chelsea v Lille – Chelsea -2.5 Asian Handicap (33/20 Unibet)

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I have loved numbers and sport throughout my life, so betting was a natural step. I started writing my own betting column at university and have continued throughout my adult life. I bet on football, golf and the NFL mainly but two flies going up a wall could also capture my attention. I am a West Brom fan and also follow teams in other sports but I think it's fair to say that no side compare with The Baggies!

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