class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>Rock solid at the back in recent weeks, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Blues to have little trouble in easing past the Ligue 1 side at Roazhon Park
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Chelsea will be aiming to clinch their place in the Champions League knockout stages when they travel to Roazhon Park to take on Rennes on Tuesday.
Sitting on seven points after three group games, the Blues will secure progression with two matches to spare should they win and Krasnodar fail to beat Sevilla.
Rennes vs Chelsea Latest Odds
Coming into this clash on the back of a five-game winning streak, they are 3/5 (1.60) favourites with bet365 to uphold their half of the bargain by coming out on top here.
Julien Stephan’s men are bottom of the group with just a single point to their name but can be backed at 17/4 (5.25) to resurrect their own knockout stage dreams by pulling off a shock win.
The hosts were held to a 0-0 draw by Krasnodar in their only previous group stage match at this ground, and there are odds of 16/5 (4.20) available on them earning a single point yet again in this one.
Rennes vs Chelsea Team News
Eduardo Camavinga should be available once again after missing the reverse encounter due to injury, although M’baye Niang, Faitout Maouassa, Jonas Martin and Daniele Rugani are all injured and Dalbert is suspended.
Kai Havertz is back in contention following his COVID-19 lay-off, leaving Christian Pulisic as the only absentee for the visitors.
Rennes vs Chelsea Preview
This game represents a homecoming for Edouard Mendy, who left Brittany this summer to replace the much-maligned Kepa in goal in West London.
The Senegal international has enjoyed an excellent start to life under Frank Lampard, conceding just a single goal in eight fixtures in all competitions and seemingly ending the Blues’ defensive worries.
He will back himself to earn another shutout against his former team, who are struggling for inspiration in front of goal at the moment.
Indeed, Rennes have only scored four times in their last eight matches coming into this clash, failing to fire in four of the most recent five.
Rennes vs Chelsea Tips and Predictions
All in all, odds of 2/1 (3.00) seem exceptionally generous on Chelsea keeping a seventh clean sheet in eight on their way to a sixth successive win against a Rennes side that has lost four of their last five without getting on target.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.