Chelsea vs Rennes | Wednesday 4th November 2020, 20:00 | BT Sport
In a similar way to recent results refining my view on Manchester City, goals in Chelsea games have also dried up. Since the 3-3 draw with Southampton (in which Kepa was in goal) Chelsea are yet to concede in four matches, with Burnley failing to register a shot on target in a 3-0 victory for Frank Lampard’s side at the weekend.
Chelsea are yet to concede a goal in their two Champions League matches – a 0-0 draw with Sevilla followed by a 4-0 victory against FK Krasnador.
Their opponents on Wednesday night, Rennes, do need to get something at Stamford Bridge having only managed one point and one goal from their two matches. Still, they have only lost one game in nine Ligue 1 matches so they go in to this match with some confidence.
That being said, I don’t expect them to take the game to Chelsea. They have rarely shown themselves to be an attacking force in Europe in recent years. Last season in a Europa League group featuring Lazio, Cluj and Celtic they managed just five goals in six matches (although they did only concede eight) and as stated earlier they have only managed one in their two matches so far.
Ultimately, I expect Chelsea to have too much for their French opponents but will repeat my bet from the Manchester City game and back Chelsea to win and under 3.5 goals. That is available at 6/5 with Boylesports. A fortnight ago I would have avoided such a bet but Chelsea look far more solid at the back at the minute, so this gets my vote.
Chelsea vs Rennes – Chelsea to win and Under 3.5 Goals (6/5 Boylesports)