Chelsea return to Champions League as they host Lille at Stamford Bridge, the game is slated to hold on Tuesday 22nd February 2022. Going into the game we will be taking a look at some previous stats and doing some analysis.
The Champions League round of 16 first leg will be played at the Stamford Bridge with the kick off time at 21:00 GMT on Tuesday 22nd.
Lille are struggling for form at the moment, the French champions have won just two of their last six games, there have also been two draws and two loses, their last game ended in a 0-0 draw with Metz, they have also found goals hard to come by with just two goals in their last three games.
Chelsea are in good form at the moment, the blues have won their last five games in all competitions, and they have just one draw and a loss in their last seven games, the loss came in a Premier League game away at Man City, goals haven’t been scarce with the blues scoring in all but the loss to Man City.
Head to Head
There has just been two previous meetings between Chelsea and Lille, those meetings came in the 2019 Champions League and Chelsea secured a 2-1 victory in both games.
There is more injury news for Chelsea as Tuchel confirmed that Azpilicueta suffered a groin injury, while Hudson-Odoi has an issue with his Achilles, Mason Mount is still not available for selection while Reece James and Ben Chilwel are recuperating from long term injuries.
Chelsea are a team that hardly relies on one player to deliver the goods, but in the past weeks Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech have been very pivotal to Chelsea’s success.
Lille will be hoping their star striker Jonathan David is up to full speed, he has been a reliable goal scorer up front and if they are to stand a chance against Chelsea he will be needed to deliver the goals.
There is only one way the game is going at Stamford Bridge, the blues are a superior side in terms of quality and they will definitely have the home fans behind them, a victory will be the expected result for Chelsea.
Possible Lineup & Formation
Lille formation: 4-4-2
Goalkeeper: Leo Jardim
Defenders: Gudmundsson, Botman, Fonte, Tiago Djalo
Midfielders: Angel, Xeka, Andre, Bamba.
Attackers: Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan David.
Chelsea formation: 3:4:3
Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy
Defenders: Sarr, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Christensen.
Midfielders: Christian Pulisic, Jorginho, Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech.
Attackers: Kai Havertz and Romelu Lukaku.