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LOSC vs. Chelsea 2022 Champions League Odds & Preview (Mar. 16)

By Hank Blaine

Last season’s French Ligue 1 winner Lille hosts Chelsea on Wednesday with a lot of work to do. LOSC finds themselves down 2-goals to zero in their Round of 16 Champions League 2-leg battle versus the Blues. Can Lille make up the 2-goal difference? Or will Chelsea cruise to the CL Quarterfinals? Check out the latest Champions League odds, analysis, and a free pick for LOSC versus Chelsea.

LOSC vs. Chelsea 2022 Champions League Round of 16 Info

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Why is LOSC a safe bet to win?

Since the surprising 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Lille has picked up their aggressiveness. The defending Ligue 1 champs beat Lyon 1-0. Lille then followed up the victory with a 4-0 beating of Clermont Foot. Lille drew 0-0 with Saint-Etienne in their last. But the team was bound to bounce some after dropping 4 onto Clermont. Expect an aggressive Lille squad to show up on Wednesday.

Possible Line-Up

  • Jardim
  • Celik
  • Fonte
  • Botman
  • Gudmundsson
  • Weah
  • Andre
  • Sanches
  • Bamba/li>
  • David
  • Yilmaz

LOSC’s Last 5

  • Draw – 0-0 vs. Saint-Etienne
  • Win – 4-0 vs. Clermont Foot
  • Win – 0-1 vs. Lyon
  • Loss – 2-0 vs. Chelsea
  • Draw – 0-0 vs. Metz

Why is Chelsea a safe bet to win?

Chelsea has a 2 goals lead over Lille. So the Blues could coast in this match as long as they don’t allow Lille to score more than a goal, which means Thomas Tuchel’s squad has a lot of ways to move to the quarters. But just because the Blues can cruise, it doesn’t mean they will. Chelsea never takes off a game. The Blues always put their best foot forward. In this case, Chelsea will want to show the rest of the Champions League quarterfinalists that they are a legit contender to repeat last season’s CL victory. Doing so means Chelsea wins this.

Possible Line-Up

  • Mendy
  • Christensen
  • Silva
  • Rudiger
  • Azpilicueta
  • Jorginho
  • Kovacic
  • Alonso
  • Ziyech
  • Havertz
  • Werner

Chelsea’s Last 5

  • Win – 1-0 vs. Newcastle
  • Win – 1-3 vs. Norwich City
  • Win – 0-4 vs. Burnley
  • Win – 3-2 vs. Luton City
  • Loss – 0-0 vs. Liverpool

LOSC vs. Chelsea Betting Prediction

No doubt, Lille will play tough. Lille beat Paris Saint-Germain to win the Ligue 1 title last season. Not only that, but Lille steps it up the better their rival. If Chelsea were a mediocre team, Lille would be a definite play against. Lille for sure has a chance. But Thomas Tuchel’s team is sneaky good. Chelsea almost never dominated their opponent. Instead, they play smart soccer by maintaining possession and only taking shots on goal. Chelsea doesn’t waste shots, which makes them very difficult to beat. What does it mean? Chelsea will play a defense first match, lulling Lille into a slumber, before counter attacking and grabbing a goal. Once they score, the Blues will lock down on the defensive side because Tuchel knows road goals mean a lot in the Champions League Round of 16. Blanking Lille and winning by a single goal is more important than winning 2-1. Chelsea wins straight up, Lille is the play on the handicap.

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