Game Time: 3:00 pm ET, Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Venue: Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London, England
Where to Watch: CBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
Bet365: Moneyline: Lille +800, Draw +425, Chelsea -300; Over/Under: 2.75 goals
Lille: 9-9-7 (11th place, Ligue 1)
Chelsea: 14-8-3 (3rd place, Premier League)
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Lille vs Chelsea Preview and Analysis
Lille is coming into this match not playing in great form in their recent matches. They only have 1 win in their last 4 matches and have lost 2 of those as well. When playing away from home, they only have 1 win in their last 4 matches but they also have just 1 loss as well. They also won 3 straight away from home prior to their last 4 away matches. They have been trending to the under in their recent matches. They have gone under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches and in 4 of their last 6. When playing away from home, they have gone under 2.5 goals in 3 straight matches but they had gone over 2.5 goals in 7 straight away matches prior to those last 3. Lille finished in 1st place of their group in the group stage but they only scored 7 goals in those 6 matches while allowing 4 goals. When playing away from home, they were still the best with 2 wins and 1 loss while scoring 6 goals in those 3 matches and allowing 4.
Chelsea is coming into this match playing in very good form in their recent matches. They have won their last 5 straight matches and they only have 1 loss in their last 18 matches, collecting 11 wins and 6 draws in that span. When playing at home, they have won their last 4 straight matches and they have no losses in their last 15 matches at home, collecting 9 wins and 6 draws in that span. They have been trending to the under in their recent matches. They have gone under 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches and in 6 of their last 8. When playing at home, they have actually gone over 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches and in 3 of their last 5. Chelsea finished in 2nd place of their group in the group stage with a 4-1-1 record and they scored 13 goals in those 6 matches while only allowing 4. When playing at home, they were unbeaten at 3-0-0 and they scored 9 goals in those 3 matches while allowing 0.
Lille vs Chelsea Prediction
Chelsea is coming into this match playing in very good form right now with 5 straight wins in their last 5 matches. They have just recently won the Club World Cup and are the Champions of the world after winning the Champions League last year. They are currently sitting in 3rd place in the EPL and they have 2 really good teams in front of them. They are 13 points behind the leaders, Man City, and it is hard to see them catching up and winning the EPL title this year. As the defending champions of the Champions League though they will likely turn their focus to this match and their defense has been so good in the competition this year it is hard to see Lille scoring on them away from home here. Chelsea have a lot more talent on their side and this is not the same Lille team that won the French Ligue 1 title last year. They have not been playing in good form recently and Chelsea will likely try to take a big lead here so they can lean on their defense in the 2nd leg when they go to Lille. Chelsea will bring their A game here and they should win this match with ease.
Lille Chelsea Prediction: Our SOCCER Pick for Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (3:00 pm ET start time) is Chelsea 3 Lille 0.
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Chelsea: Ben Chilwell (LB) Ruptured cruciate ligament. Reece James (RB) Fitness. Mason Mount (CAM) Ankle Injury.
“One of the best atmospheres in England.” - Jose Fonte on playing matches in England.
“Kepa showed again that he is a world-class goalkeeper, like always.” - Mateo Kovacic on their backup goalkeeper Kepa who played in their Club World Cup match.
Léo Jardim, Gabriel Gudmundsson, Sven Botman, José Fonte, Zeki Çelik, Jonathan Bamba, Xeka, Benjamin André, Timothy Weah, Burak Yılmaz, Jonathan David.
Edouard Mendy, Antonio Rüdiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, N'Golo Kanté, César Azpilicueta, Christian Pulišić, Hakim Ziyech, Romelu Lukaku.
Goals: Jonathan David
Assists: Jonathan Ikoné (2)
Saves: Ivo Grbić (13)
Goals: Timo Werner (3)
Assists: Callum Hudson-Odoi (2)
Saves: Kepa Arrizabalaga (4)
Lille: Jocelyn Gourvennec
Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel