Defending CL champion Chelsea hosts last season’s Ligue 1 titlist Lille in the first leg of the pair’s Round of 16 Champions League matchup on Tuesday. Lille is a massive underdog. But the French League squad picks it up the more talented the opponent. Will the Blues protect their home field? Or will Lille do enough to grab an aggregate edge? Check out analysis, Champions League odds, and a free pick for Lille versus Chelsea.
Lille versus Chelsea | UCL Round of 16 Betting Odds for 1st Leg Match
Lille at Stamford Bridge Betting Info
- When: Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Why bet on Lille versus Chelsea?
So far, Lille has played great during the Champions League. Lille fell to Salzburg in their first match. Since then, they’ve dominated, drawing and beating Wolfsburg and drawing and beating Sevilla. They also exacted revenge in a victory over Salzburg to notch their spot in the Round of 16. Save for the 5-1 loss to PSG, the tougher opponent, the better Lille plays, and, no doubt, Chelsea will be a tough opponent.
Lille Last 5
- D – 0-0 vs. Mainz
- W – 0-1 vs. Montpellier
- L – 1-5 vs. Paris Saint-Germain
- L – 2-0 vs. Brest
- W – 3-1 vs. Lorient
Liverpool predicted starting lineup
- Ben Arfa
Why bet on Chelsea versus Liverpool?
The Blues are on fire. Chelsea’s last loss happened back on Jan. 15. The last loss was a 1-0 match against the team many feel is the best soccer club in the world, Manchester City. Since the loss to the Sky Blues, Chelsea has won 5 straight, including beating Palmeiras 2-1 and winning the FIFA Club World Cup trophy. The Blues will be ready to show their best versus Lille.
Chelsea Last 5
- W – 0-1 vs. Crystal Palace
- W – 2-1 vs. Palmeiras
- W – 0-1 vs. Al Hilal
- W – 2-1 vs. Plymouth Argyle
- W – 2-0 vs. Tottenham
Chelsea predicted starting lineup
Chelsea vs Lille Betting Analysis
Chelsea is gearing up for another Champions League title run. The Blues have played great soccer since the year began.
Even the loss to the Sky Blues was a decent performance. One thing to note about Thomas Tuchel’s team is that they have balance. The Blues mustn’t rely exclusively on their defense. They mustn’t rely only on their offense.
But another thing to note is that Chelsea almost never dominates. They win a lot of matches by a single goal. One of the reasons is that Tuchel preaches discipling on offense. The Blues don’t push forward unless they feel they have a chance to score.
Chelsea figures to play another defensive-minded masterpiece. When it comes to a Champions League aggregate, the emphasis is placed on road goals. So Tuchel knows that if his team holds Lille to 0 goals on Tuesday, and wins by a single goal, Chelsea can push for a draw in the second leg and move to the quarterfinals.
Expect Tuchel to instruct his team to play a slowdown, possession style match where the Blues try and get up 1-goal to zero and coast to a goal victory, which means the play to make is the Lille handicap.
Champions League Pick: Lille +1 ½ -116