Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After suffering an unexpected 1-0 loss to Valencia at Stamford Bridge in their opener, Chelsea have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at Lille in their second group game. The Blues were not allowed to buy players in the summer due to the transfer ban, but since Frank Lampard is doing a great job with the capital club, we believe that away win should be considered.
Chelsea failed to turn their dominance into goal in the 1-0 loss to Valencia, but they are definitely capable of beating Pepe-less Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. Frank Lampard’s charges are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Wednesday’s football match and seeing that les Dogues experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Ajax at Amsterdam Arena, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Premier League club.
Highlighted Player (Jose Fonte):
Born in Penafiel in 1983, Jose Miguel Da Rocha Fonte spent his early career in the lower divisions of the Portugal’s league system, and while he did join giants Benfica in 2006, he never made a single league appearance for the Eagles.
The loan spell with Crystal Palace proved crucial for the towering defender as he later secured a permanent move to Selhurst Park, performing well in three Championship campaigns. Fonte then surprised everyone when he joined League One side Southampton, but that would prove to be the best decision he has ever made, as he helped the Saints return to the Premier League before establishing himself as one of the leading central defenders in the elite division.
Rated for his aerial ability, but also quite capable on the ground, Jose Fonte even caught the eye of England’s top clubs, although a big club move never materialised for him. The late bloomer eventually played himself into the first team plans of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, making his Selecao debut at the age of 30.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.