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Frank Lampard’s side are going from strength to strength at the moment after their 2-0 victory away at Newcastle, which was just their second win at St James’ Park in the last eight years.
A win here could see the Blues qualify for the last-16 already, though that relies on Sevilla beating Krasnodar in the other game in this group.
After a really strong start to the season, the losses of Edouard Mendy and Rafinha to the Premier League are starting to take their toll on Rennes as they’ve won just one of their last eight fixtures across all competitions and losing five of the last six.
On form, it’s hard to envisage anything other than an away win here, especially seeing as the French side haven’t scored yet in their three matches in November, while the Blues have nine goals so far this month and it’s therefore a wonder why Chelsea aren’t shorter in the market.
Chelsea To Beat Rennes
The London side have lost just once over 90 minutes in all competitions this season, with that defeat coming to Liverpool having gone down to 10 men around the half way mark, and a defeat here would be a real shock to the system.
The only reason they may be as long as they are is that Lampard will likely opt to rest a few of his star players in preparation for hosting Spurs on Sunday.
Full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell are among the main candidates to be rested, while N’golo Kante has been as effective as ever in recent weeks, and they’ll want to wrap him in cotton wool ahead of the clash against Jose Mourinho’s men.
Even if they do opt to rest players, however, their summer spending has allowed incredibly strength in depth, with players able to fit into the side seamlessly and we still feel they’ll have too much for this Rennes side who look like they can’t buy a goal at the moment.
Chelsea -1 Handicap
The Blues very rarely tiptoe over the line, and all eight victories this season have come by a minimum of two clear goals. That’s also five wins on the bounce now, with each covering the -1 handicap.
A weakened side could be viewed as a downgrade in quality, though with such competition for places in this Chelsea squad, those selected in this match will certainly have a point to prove and we’d expect whatever side Lampard chooses to be at the races, and the -1 handicap looks to hold tremendous value too.
That would have been a very doubtful bet last season, as prior to the reverse fixture just a couple of weeks ago, just one of Rennes’ last 18 defeats had come by more than a single strike, though as mentioned, ridding Edouard Mendy and star player Rafinha has been detrimental to their squad, and they also succumbed to the same 3-0 scoreline against PSG just before the international break, so we’re confident the English side can get a comfortable win against a team extremely low on confidence at the moment.