Chelsea will meet Rennes for the third match of the Champions League season. The Chelsea vs Rennes match will be played at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday Night. It will present the perfect opportunity for Chelsea to retain their position at the top of the pile in the Group E of the Champions League.
The London outfit currently heads the Group with four points from two games, having drawn at home with Sevilla and won away against Krasnodar. Chelsea is tied at four points with Sevilla but maintains a superior goal difference of 4 as against Sevilla’s 1.
Stephan Julien’s Stade Rennes are currently at the bottom of the group. They have only one point, secured during their 1-1 draw against Krasnodar. They suffered a 1-0 loss to Sevilla, the only team alongside Liverpool and Chelsea yet to concede a goal in the Champions League this campaign.
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea is currently in the seventh position in the English Premier League. They have secured three wins, three draws, and one loss. Frank Lampard team has witnessed some sort of resurgence going four games without conceding a single goal.
Instrumental to this new-found solidity is the new goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, who coincidentally was signed from Rennes during the transfer window for £22 million. He has gone 457 minutes without conceding. He is the second Chelsea goalkeeper since Petr Cech to keep three straight clean sheets in the Premier League. The Senegalese international has proven to be a bargain buy and will be hoping to shut out his former team today.
Chelsea signing of Thiago Silva and Chilwell has dramatically improved Chelsea’s problematic defense, a backline that shipped in 54 goals last Premier league season.
Lampard has an almost full squad. Pulisic will be absent having missed Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Burnley over the weekend with an injury. He was supposed to start but sustained a minor injury before kickoff forcing the gaffer to change his gameplan. Though he is now training, he was not able to make it to the squad before the fixture.
Chelsea might stick with the 4-3-3 formation used last weekend at the Turf Moor. The formation brought balance to the team, with Mason Mount enjoying outstanding performance as one of the 8s’ alongside Kai Havertz. Kante was positioned at the base of the midfield to provide protection to the backline.
Ziyech, back from the injury he sustained at the pre-season will be aiming to maintain his impressive form. He did score in both his Premier League and Champions League debut.
Chelsea Predicted Lineup: Mnedy, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Azpilcueta, Chilwell, Kante, Kai Havertz, Mount, Werner, Ziyech, Abraham.
Stade Rennes News
Rennes currently sits in the third position in the French Ligue 1 table with 18 points from nine fixtures. They recently ended their five-game run without a win with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Brest last weekend. Two center backs, Naif Aguerd and Damien Da Silva’s second-half goals were enough to secure the three points for Les Rouge et Noir.
They are going to this fixture without their teenage star, Eduard Camavinga who is still out injured. Nzonzi will return after serving his match suspension. Rennes are also without center-back, Daniel Rugani and forward, M’Baye Niang.
Against both Krasnodar and Sevilla, Stephan deployed a 4-3-3 formation. At the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, they dominated the game but struggled to score before succumbing to a 1-0 loss. He switched to a 4-1-4-1 formation in their win over Brest.
Predicted Line-up (4-3-3): A. Gomis, Da Silva, Aguerd, Traore, Dalbert, Nzonzi, Benjamin Bourigeaud, Grenier, Terrier, Doku, Guirassy.
Chelsea vs Rennes: what to expect
Chelsea will be hoping to secure all the three points in their first European night against the French outfit. Rennes are currently on a five-game losing streak in European competition. We predict a 2-0 win for Chelsea in this fixture,.