Chelsea welcome Stade Rennais in this UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group E fixture, having lost just one of their eight UCL fixtures vs French opposition at Stamford Bridge (W5, D2, L1). Solid at the back, the ‘Blues’ now have the opportunity to register a fifth consecutive competitive clean sheet for the first time in over ten years!
The hosts’ goalless draw in their opening home UCL group stage game made it just one win across their previous eight UCL home outings (W1, D5, L2), but the fact they have never failed to score in three straight home UCL fixtures should bring them confidence. However, Chelsea are winless in the last six home UCL games in which they conceded first (D2, L4).
Visitors Rennes were on a winless run of five straight competitive games (D3, L2) when they defeated Brest 2-1 at home in Ligue 1 (L1) last time out. In fact, they are still looking for the first UCL victory in the club’s history (D1, L1), but Rennes have at least kept a first-half clean sheet in both of their UCL group stage games.
On the domestic front, the visitors are still unbeaten on the road this L1 campaign (W2, D2), while scoring first by the 35th minute in the last three. Worryingly, Rennes have lost each of their two European road trips vs English opposition, while conceding first in the fifth minute precisely on both occasions.
The Blues look shoo-in for a win here and you can stake on odds of 1.28 on Betpay for that possibility.