Rennes v Chelsea Betting Prediction for Matchday Four

Chelsea can become the first side to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League if they beat Rennes on Tuesday evening.

The Blues top the group with seven points and are ahead of Sevilla on goal difference. And who do the Blues play in Spain next week? Sevilla of course.

As for this matchup, Chelsea beat Rennes in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 3-0 with Timo Werner netting a brace of penalties with Tammy Abraham adding a third in the second half.

Frank Lampard’s side has experienced a rejuvenation of sorts with the introduction of summer signings Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell to the side after respective injuries have improved Chelsea on both the defensive and offensive side of the pitch.

Chelsea are on a three-game winning streak and are unbeaten in seven league games as they sit third in the Premier League table.

When Lampard was asked how he guided the team to an improved defensive record over the last two months, Lampard put it to improvements of small margins within the team.

“We have coached, and we have assessed the main areas of where we conceded. Some were mistakes in the games, like Southampton and West Brom.

“Sometimes it is small margins, but what has gone up is the concentration of the team and the work and personnel helps that. The collective has to be the most important thing.”

Mason, Chelsea’s The Man on a Mission

One player who’s been an integral part of Lampard’s squad this season is academy graduate Mason Mount.

The England hasn’t been without his fair share of criticism this season and has been labelled as a favourite of Lampard to include in the first eleven even after poor performances.

Lampard voiced his praise for Mount and how important he is on the pitch.

“Every individual is different. We have a huge fan base and social media has changed criticism. He makes really efficient decisions; he presses more than any midfielder I have seen. I know that he has a lot to improve on, but he is a quality football player and is only going to get better. Any player doesn’t get favoritism, especially when there is competition in the squad.”

Chelsea Betting Prediction Against an Overmatched Rennes Squad

Chelsea are overwhelming favorites tonight against Rennes and it’s not just based on Chelsea’s good form.

Rennes have lost three of their last four games in Ligue 1 and are scoreless in their last two games. They’re yet to win a game in the UEFA Champions League as they sit bottom of Group E.

I think Chelsea win in a convincing fashion in France with Tammy Abraham scoring as he continues his good form.

Odds on Chelsea scoring the win open at -200. Odds on Rennes winning their first game in the Champions League open at +500. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +350.

EPL Title Race Betting Predictions for Gameweek Nine

With eight weeks of Premier League football under our belts, we analyze the trends of the ever-changing EPL title odds.

Defending Premier League champions Liverpool escaped the Etihad Stadium with a point after a hard-fought draw against Manchester City.

The draw made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League since their historic 7-2 loss to Aston Villa.

It was Liverpool who opened the scoring after they were awarded a penalty with Kyle Walker bringing down Mohamed Salah in the box. The Egyptian converted the penalty in what was his eighth goal of the season, sitting atop the golden boot rankings alongside Heung-Min Son and Dominic Calvert Lewin.

City hit back under 20 minutes later as Gabriel Jesus finished off a great piece of skill to get past Trent Alexander-Arnold and finish past Alisson. The hosts were given a golden chance to go ahead as they were awarded a penalty a few minutes before half-time.

Kevin De Bruyne stepped up and to everyone’s surprise, put the penalty wide and didn’t even test Alisson.

The draw kept Liverpool second favorites to win the 2020/21 EPL Title according to sportsbooks where their odds open at +163.

Arsenal EPL Title Odds for Gameweek Nine

Arsenal were out-fought, out-matched and out-classed by Aston Villa who embarrassed them 3-0 on Arsenal’s turf.

It was a performance reminiscent of the last days of Arsene Wenger’s reign and the entirety of Unai Emery’s stint in charge. It was Arsenal’s fourth loss of the season and second at home.

A Bukayo Saka own goal and an impressive brace from Ollie Watkins was enough to claim the three points for the visitors who sit 6th in the table with a game in hand as their surprisingly impressive start to the season continues.

It’s Arsenal’s third loss in four games with just one goal scored in that span, and none scored from open play.

Arsenal’s lack of creativity is a far cry from the Arsenal that has been around for decades and it’s a problem that Mikel Arteta must fix and fix quickly.

Arsenal possess the seventh-best odds to win the 2020/21 Premier League Title at +6600.

Manchester City EPL Odds: The Favorites… For Now?

Manchester City may find themselves unlucky to leave the Etihad with just a point in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool after Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty.

It was an evenly matched game, but City had the opportunity to go 2-1 ahead in the first half with the penalty that De Bruyne shockingly put wide.

The draw means that City sit 10th in the table with a game in hand and they’ve yet to score consecutive wins in the Premier League this season. City have also scored just one goal in each of their last five games as the loss of Sergio Aguero to injury as hurt their goalscoring ability.

City however remain favorites to win the EPL title for the third week in a row at +150.

After going two games without a win, a 3-1 win against Everton eased the pressure on Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Bruno Fernandes scored a brace and Edinson Cavani netted his first goal in Manchester United colors to condemn Everton to their third loss in a row.

Despite the win, Manchester United remain a lowly 14th in the table with a game in hand.

Manchester United’s odds to win the title now sits at +2500, only the fifth-best in the Premier League.

Chelsea followed up their 3-0 rout of Burnley with a 4-1 thrashing of Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had four different scorers in Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten record to six games.

With the introduction of Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Edouard Mendy to Chelsea’s backline, not only have their defensive performances massively improved with three clean sheets in their last five league games as well as Chelsea yet to concede after three games in the Champions League but they’ve also added goals.

Kurt Zouma, Chilwell and Silva have contributed to six goals already this season, the highest in the division among defenders.

Chelsea possess the third-best odds to win the 2020/21 EPL Title this season at +800.

Tottenham Hotspur so far look like Liverpool’s closest rivals for the Premier League title as they rose to second in the league after their 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Harry Kane’s late winner was enough for all three points with Tottenham now on a three-match winning streak.

The North London club look to be a real contender for the Premier League crown this season however we will learn just how real their credentials are as they face Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in four of their next five league games in clashes that could define their season.

For now, Spurs’ title odds sit at +900, the third highest in the Premier League.