After failing to beat Sevilla last week in their opening Champions League game of the season, Chelsea will get another chance to secure a win when they face Krasnodar on match day 2 on Wednesday night.
And if history is anything to go by, then Krasnodar have a tough match ahead of them in their first-ever UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage home game. Not only have all six previous Russian sides that have played in this competition proper failed to win their first-ever home match, but the previous eight teams (all nations) to have faced English opposition in their first-ever UCL home game have all lost.
Still, they’re unbeaten in their last three European games (W2, D1), all of which saw both teams score and a level HT scoreline. In fact they’ve seen both teams score in their last six competitive home games too (W3, D2, L1), five of which produced goals in both halves, although four saw Krasnodar concede first.
Chelsea travel here in indifferent form, as they recorded just six shots during their goalless draw in their UCL opener – the lowest shot tally they’ve registered in a UCL game since February 2015. Furthermore, if they fail to win here it will mark the first time since their UCL debut (1999/00) that the ‘Blues’ failed to win either of their opening group stage matches.
Just one win from four competitive away games this season is uninspiring form too, as is the fact Chelsea have conceded before HT in four of their last five UCL away games (W2, D1, L2). They have, however, won ‘to nil’ in two of their previous three visits to Russian opposition though (L1).
The English side may not have set the season alight, but chances are that they will beat their Russian counterparts and Betpay is offering odds of 1.40 for a Chelsea win.