Lille vs Chelsea: UCL Score Predictions

Digging In: Thiago Silva competes for the ball in the 1st leg of Chelsea’s last 16 tie against LOSC Lille. Credit | Marca

This Wednesday night Chelsea face LOSC Lille away in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16. It comes just three weeks after the Blues confident first leg performance at Stamford Bridge although it certainly feels longer. Indeed, so much has changed for Chelsea in such a small period of time that it has become easy to lose focus on the games that matter. It could be said that the Blues have one foot in the next round, but this is the Champions League, and things are never simple.

Chelsea will feel confident though. Thomas Tuchel has already reached the milestone of 10 Champions League clean sheets, reaching the milestone in only 14 matches. The club have also managed to progress from 9 out of 11 Champions Leagues ties where they won the first leg. History is on their side and they’ll be looking to get the job done in a composed and stress free way.

Going into the match, Chelsea will have their Spanish full back duo of Azpilicueta and Alonso fit again. Thomas Tuchel described them both as “ready to start” so it’s likely they’ll be involved. Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both reportedly close to being available but didn’t make the travelling squad. Saul and Barkley have also been left at home in London, although this makes space for Harvey Vale to join the group. Ben Chilwell is still out.

For Lille, Renato Sanches has been ruled out with a thigh injury, although another midfielder Benjamin Andre is available again. Apart from this, manager Gourvennec will be happy that he has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Despite so many distractions in the media and off the pitch, Chelsea are in good form. The feeling around the squad is positive and players like Kai Havertz are coming into form at the right time. Chelsea will be looking to take full advantage of this purple patch and storm through to the Champions League quarter finals.

Ahead of the match, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social have shared their predictions.

Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30)

The second leg of our round of 16 bout is underway. With the ownership bidding commencing, media has pressured the club with all kinds of narratives and therefore securing the series is crucial. The Blues currently have a 2-0 aggregate lead and will try to finish the job in Lille.

The countless criticism and marauding of our club makes it seems like it’s Chelsea against the word. Tuchel has also dealt with the pressure masterfully, answering each sharp question with poise and composure.

Lille gave us a difficult game at the Bridge one month and I expect that once again. I hope to see us keeping another clean sheet, but I predict the last year French champions to get a goal back.

Nevertheless, my expectation is that we will grind out a 1-1 draw to give us the overall victory. I hope Chelsea can once again silence the doubters with a win, but my final prediction is a 1-1 draw.

CMON YOU CHELS.

Prediction: Lille 1-1 Chelsea (1-3 Agg.)

Maria Dulce (@usernamedulce)

Chelsea’s current momentum indicates that Wednesday night should not be a reason to worry the Blues. Having won the home fixture by a 2-0 scoreline, everything points to the fact that Lille is not likely to overcome their two-goal deficit.

Despite maintaining a clean sheet in their last five Ligue 1 games, Les Dogues have not generally been as good in their attacking efforts. Conversely, the Blues have now unlocked Kai Havertz’s outstanding offensive form. Notably, in his five last games, the silky German had 6 G/As as a centre-forward. Completing the front third – it would not be a surprise to see the winger duo of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech start again, as they proved to be effective and have enough chemistry to create solid chances.

Furthermore, it is reasonable to assume Lille will try their best at their home ground to achieve a comeback against the Blues. For that reason, a back-three would probably work as Thomas Tuchel’s best option, considering the Spaniard wing-back pairing is now available to go back into the starting lineup mix. Lastly, I expect the Blues to have the resources to stop Lille’s goal opportunities and get the best out of quick and responsive counter-attacks. Thus, my prediction is LOSC Lille 1 – 2 Chelsea.

Come on, you Blues!

Prediction: Lille 1-2 Chelsea (1-4 Agg.)

Luka Foley (@UOGLuka)

The Blues head to Lille to try and get over the line and advance to the Champions League quarter finals. The 2-0 result in the first leg was fantastic and that crucial second goal gives the side that nice cushion to take the pressure off tonight.

At the time of writing, Reece James could well be in surprise contention to make an appearance after it looked as if he would be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

It should be rather straightforward for Chelsea to get the win and I think that’s exactly what we will do as we continue to prove the doubters wrong with everything surrounding the club. My Prediction: 3-0 Win (Havertz x2, Ziyech)

Prediction: Lille 0-3 Chelsea (0-5 Agg.)

Dan Hill (@idanknow05)

Amidst all the off field noise, Chelsea actually have the small matter of a Champions League knockout tie against Lille to negitiate. Taking a healthy 2-0 advantage to France is a significant advantage, especially given that the Blues denied Lille a goal.

Make no mistake, it will be tricky to play what is an immensely talented Lille side with threats like Jonathan David, Renato Sanches, Hatem Ben Arfa and Burak Yilmaz to contend with. That said, Chelsea should have the wherewithal to negotiate this tie and, hopefully, progress into the quarter finals, taking one more step towards defending the title we won last season.

I would expect Lille to come out firing at home and go in search of an early goal to get back into the tie and make things uncomfortable for the champions. Chelsea will need to maintain defensive resolve and that is why I expect the first choice back three of Rudiger, Silva and Christensen to start. With Reece James out and Ben Chilwell a long term absentee, I would anticipate captain Azpi and Alonso to start at wingback. The midfield dynamic will be interesting as Lille are particularly mobile, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kovacic and Kante start. The front three picks itself at this point, so I would anticipate Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic (if fit) and Mason Mount to start.

Overall, we’re looking for a professional, measured performance from Chelsea. The Blues have the discipline, professionalism and, most of all, the quality to go through. I would expect just that to happen.

COME ON CHELSEA!

Prediction: Lille 0-1 Chelsea (0-3 Agg.)

Written and edited by Chelsea Extra (@CFCExtra)


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