Chelsea vs Rennes Predictions and betting :The UEFA Champions league has already produced some wonderful football over two weeks. Looking at Group E, it is clear that the fight between the four teams has been quite intense with no team dominating the other completely.
On Wednesday night, Chelsea are set to face Rennes in their backyard. Even though it seems like Chelsea are the hot favorites here, Rennes would be more than happy to spring a surprise next week. Rennes have been win-less this and are under huge pressure to deliver.
Chelsea vs Rennes Predictions and betting Summary
Chelsea vs Rennes prediction and betting analysis: Recent form
Chelsea didn’t have a particularly good 2019 season. They did start their campaign on a high with a win over Brighton, but from then on it has been a downhill for the side with just a single win as opposed to 3 draws and a loss against Liverpool.
Their Europe campaign didn’t take off well after a goal less draw against Sevilla. But it seems they have got back to their original form in the second when they convincingly defeated Krasnodar with a 4-0 margin. It is important for them to continue this streak for them to finish at the top spot.
Rennes have been a formidable opposition this season in the Ligue 1. They got off to a decent start and are 3rd in the points table. They have so far won 4 games along with 3 draws and a loss accumulating to 15 points.
But their champions league journey hasn’t been impressive with a draw against a weak Krasnodar side in their opener while they suffered defeat at the hands of Sevilla this week. They are currently 4th in the points table and is desperate for a win to keep themselves in the hunt.
Chelsea vs Rennes Predictions and betting : Head-to-head
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Recent Meeting: First meeting between the sides on 4th November at 8pm local time.
Chelsea vs Rennes Predictions and betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The Chelsea will probably field a 4-3-3 combination in this clash whereas their rivals would also go in with a 4-3-3 formation to counter attack the hosts.
The Chelsea looked strong and sorted but have lacked intent in few games. Tammy Abraham who is the key striker in the team has been quiet in the last few games and is looking for form. He has an excellent header and has scored four goals in 9 outings along with 1.1 shots per game, 0.3 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game so far.
The new signing Kai Havertz has proved to be a top performer for the side so far. He had a hattrick last month in the EFL Cup and has 86.4% pass success with 0.8 shot and 1.6 key passes per game in recent past.
Timo Werner who was criticized for not scoring has finally arrived to the party with a goal against Krasnodar that has instilled confidence in the young gun. There is no doubt in his finishing ability or in creating chances, but the German will have to bounce back quickly. He has 8 goals in 17 games with 81.2% success in passes in addition to 2.5 shots on target and 0.8 key pass per game so far.
The Rennes attack has the services of Terrier, Guirassy and Doku to score. Martin Terrier is a quality winger who holds on to the ball very well and finishes off without any fuss. He has 5 goals, 1 assist along with a 77% pass accuracy and 1.3 shots on target per game.
Serhou Guirassy is impressive in aerial duels along with passing contribution. He has scored 5 goals and an assist along with 75.6% pass success. Along with this, he has 1.7 shot on target, 0.9 key pass and 0.8 dribble per game in the recent games.
The youngster Jeremy Doku has raised some eyebrows with his dribbling and long shots. He has so far scored 3 goals and 3 assists along with 87.7% pass accuracy.
For Chelsea, the combo of Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell will have to secure the defense to hold a clean sheet.
Kurt Zouma has been exceptional in passing, aerial duels and ball interceptions. He has 0.3 tackle, 5.4 clears, 3.7 aerials and 90% success in completing passes.
Thiago Silva will probably start after he missed out the last game. In the 3 premier league games he has been part of, he managed 1.3 interception, 3.8 clears and 0.8 blocks per game along with 93.3% pass completion rate.
Ben Chilwell is an important signing for the team who has shown his versatility with his invaluable contribution. He has two goal and two assists in four games along with 80% pass success and 1.2 interceptions per game so far. He defends, he controls and scores for the team out of nowhere.
The Rennes backline will have to step up when they face a relentless attack like that of Chelsea.
Damien Da Silva will be the center back in the side who has 88.8% passing accuracy along with 1.6 aerial duels won per game. Along with this, he has 1.4 interceptions and 3.3 clears so far.
Daniele Rugani is a quality candidate whose strength lies in passing and concentration. He has 93.8% pass success along with 2.5 aerial duels won and 2 clears per math in the recent past. This duo will be supported by Soppy and Traore at the extremes.