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Chelsea vs. Lille: Lampard’s men ‘to clinch qualification’ in final group game?

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Qualification is in Chelsea’s hands as they host Lille on Tuesday night. Frank Lampard’s men go into the encounter knowing that a win against bottom side Lille will clinch a spot in the knockout stages.

The French outfit are yet to claim a single victory in Champions League Group H, with the Blues in second after just one loss.

That defeat came against Valencia first time out, but since then Chelsea have remained unbeaten, beating Lille and Ajax away before draws with the Dutch outfit and Valencia last month.

As well as sitting rock bottom of the table, the French side also hold one of the worst defensive records in the competition.

That will give Chelsea’s forwards huge confidence heading into the game, with Christian Pulisic undoubtedly keen to add to his tally after netting at the Mestalla. He’s 11/2 to open the scoring and 7/5 to score anytime.

In-form striker Tammy Abraham limped off against Valencia last time out, but he’s currently 9/4 should he score in the crucial match at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho has also been among the Chelsea goals in Europe this season. The Italian can be backed at 15/2 to score the game’s opening goal and 2/1 to score anytime throughout the 90 minutes.

Striker Victor Osimhen has bagged two of Lille’s three goals for the campaign. He’s also been in fine form domestically. The Nigerian is 4/1 to once again find the back of the net against Lampard’s side. And the 20-year-old is 14/1 to score the game’s first goal.

It’s currently 7/1 for a repeat of the 2-1 Chelsea victory from matchday two.

Both teams to score is 11/10, with a Chelsea win and both teams to score currently 7/4.

The hosts are 4/6 to score in both halves, and 6/5 to win both. They are available at 11/2 to come from behind and win the game.

The Blues are 8/11 to keep just their second clean sheet of the competition, having managed to stop Ajax from scoring in their first meeting in Amsterdam. Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored the only goal that evening, and he’s 3/1 to get the first on Tuesday night.

Lille are yet to keep a clean sheet from their five games. They are currently 12/1 to keep their first against Chelsea in the final group game, knowing pride is the only issue at stake for them.

A draw for Lampard’s men could still see them through to the next round if other results go their way. But winning will unquestionably be the former midfielder’s only thought going into the decisive encounter.

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