Prepare to see some ‘next generation’ Chelsea talents, with the 2012 UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy winners already through to the Round of 16 as Group E winners. After a 4-0 win vs Sevilla on matchday five, Chelsea have the potential to win five UCL matches in a row for the first time since the autumn of 2010.
The fifth game on that occasion was a 2-1 victory over Žilina, and indeed, the ‘Over 2.5’ goals characteristic applies to each of the Blues’ four preceding UCL wins. In addition to averaging 1.0 penalty goal per UCL match since matchday two, Chelsea have also beaten the -2 handicap in three UCL victories, while winning both halves and winning one half by a precise 1-0 scoreline.
Krasnodar can finish nowhere but third place, and in the New Year, their attention will subsequently turn to the UEFA Europa League knockout phase. Their last three UCL games in succession (W1, L2) have been settled by a single-goal margin, with the winning goal coming between the 70th minute and FT on each occasion.
The visitors have taken just one away point from the last 18 available across UCL and domestic league action (D1, L5). Each of the four successive away defeats preceding this 2,000+ mile trip to London have seen the decisive goal arrive beyond the hour mark – but with Krasnodar, curiously, standing level or better by that point each time (61’: W2, D2).
Chelsea 4-0 Krasnodar