Here are the predictions for the match in the first leg of the last 16 of the European Champions League for the 2021-2022 season between hosts Chelsea vs Lille.
The first leg of the Champions League round of 16 match between Chelsea vs Lille will be presented at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday (23/02/22)
Chelsea as the defending champion of the Champions League last season benefited from winning in this match. Apart from playing at home, they are also in a positive trend.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have always won in their last five matches in all competitions including winning the Club World Cup.
On the other hand, Lille as the defending champion of the French Ligue 1 2020-2021 then actually performed poorly this season. They are instead stuck in 11th position in the standings by suffering nine defeats in 25 matches
Last week, Jonathan David et al were also unable to score when they met Metz at home and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.
This condition of Lille must be put to good use by Chelsea to achieve a big win. In head to head statistics, they have met twice and the Blues have always won.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Alonso, Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta; Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante; Pulisic, Werner, Ziyech.
Coach: Thomas Tuchel.
Lille (4-4-2): Jardim; Gudmundsson, Botman, Fonte, Celik; Bamba, Xeka, Andre, Weah; David, Yilmaz.
Coach: Jocelyn Gourvennec.
Player to Watch
Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea)
The 28-year-old midfielder from Morocco has just become the hero of Chelsea’s victory over Crystal Palace in Week 16 of the Premier League. He scored the only goal of Chelsea’s victory in the 89th minute.
Jonathan David (Lille)
This young Canadian striker must be wary of Chelsea’s rearguard. The reason is, he is quite fertile this season with already packing 16 goals in 32 matches in all competitions.
Head to Head
1-12-2019 Chelsea 2-1 Lille
03-10-2019 Lille 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea’s Last 5 Matches
23-01-22 Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham
05-02-22 Chelsea 2-1 Plymouth
09-02-22 Al Hilal 0-1 Chelsea
12-02-22 Chelsea 2-1 Palmeiras
19-02-22 Palace 0-1 Chelsea
Lille . Last 5 Matches
20-01-22 Lille 3-1 Lorient
22-01-22 Brest 2-0 Lille
07-02-22 Lille 1-5 PSG
12-02-22 Montpellier 0-1 Lille
19-02-22 Lille 0-0 Metz