Chelsea FC Team News, Starting XI Prediction at Lille (UCL)

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Chelsea FC head to Lille for a UEFA Champions League group stage clash in midweek. Neither side has grabbed any points yet in Group H as both teams lost their European opener. Let’s take a look at the FYIs and numbers, news and notes for this one, starting with the injury-plagued visitors.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has plenty of injury concerns in this one, with Antonio Rudiger, Emerson Palmieri and Ruben Loftus-Cheek remaining long term absentees. Additionally, midfielder N’Golo Kante, certainly one of the team’s most important players, missed out on the weekend versus Brighton.

They are hopeful that he’ll recover from his hamstring problem in time to for this clash, but he may not be risked as of yet. Striker Olivier Giroud and central defender Kurt Zouma face last minute fitness tests as both have been battling illnesses this past week.

Lille, who will face Chelsea for the first ever, will be without the services of forward Timothy Weah, who has a severe hamstring tear to recover from. The long term injury absentee is the only fitness concern for LOSC at this point.

Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction (4-3-3) at Lille (UCL)

      Pedro       Tammy Abraham     Willian

  Mateo Kovacic   Jorginho  Mason Mount   

  Marcos Alonso    Fikayo Tomori   Andreas Christensen     Cesar Azpilicueta 

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Chelsea FC at Lille UCL Group Stage FYIs

Kickoff: Oct. 2, 8pm Stade Pierre-Mauroy

TV: BT Sport 2

Match official:  Aliaksiej Kubako

Google’s result probability: 47% Chelsea win, 27% draw, 26% Lille victory

Prediction: Chelsea 2, Lille 1

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  1. James K Mansaray says

    The Chelsea goalkeeper is always very slow at releasing the ball to his teammates, or to kick the ball to the center of the pitch.

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