Chelsea v Krasnodar Betting Prediction

With Champions League qualification and top spot secured, Chelsea has the ability to rotate their squad in what is essentially a dead-rubber match against Russian side Krasnodar.

Chelsea earned their most impressive victory of the group stage in their last outing in their 4-0 route away to Sevilla, a game that is otherwise known as ‘The Olivier Giroud Game’ as the Frenchman netted all four goals as he became the oldest player (34 years and 63 days old) to score a hat-trick in UEFA Champions League history.

Going into their match with Krasnodar, it’s been an impressive campaign for Chelsea and Frank Lampard whose side have scored 13 goals and conceded just one goal in the group stage; the lowest tally conceded out of any side in the competition.

Their Premier League form has been equally admirable as they’ve earned four wins out of their last five games as well as going on a nine-match unbeaten streak.

That vein of form has propelled Liverpool manager and reigning Premier League champion Jurgen Klopp to crown Chelsea as early title favorites, a label Frank Lampard himself doesn’t think too much of.

“I don’t think we think much of it. Liverpool and Manchester City have built a great squad, there are others in contention.

“I think where we are out, we are in good form, but we have players who have come in and City and Liverpool have had a lot of success for long periods. We are trying to reach that.”

Lampard is expected to make wholesale changes on Tuesday, and he’s confirmed both Billy Gilmour and Kepa Arrizabalaga are set to start against Krasnodar.

Gilmour has been out with injury since March while Kepa, the Blues’ most expensive signing has been displaced from his starting spot by Édouard Mendy.

Lampard spoke glowingly about Kepa’s attitude in training and towards Mendy as well as revealing he has no issues with reintroducing the Spaniard back in the side.

“It is about attitude and how you play, his situation now is different with Mendy’s form. Kepa is training brilliantly well and acting brilliantly well. I have no qualms about putting him back in.

“He has been very supportive. I have seen that. I watch from afar and he has been supporting him and training well. That’s what I look at. Goalkeepers have to push each other as a group.”

Krasnodar won their last league game 5-0 but have lost four of their last six as they sit 9th in the Russian Premier League. They did net their first win of the competition last week as they narrowly defeated Rennes 1-0 at home.

Despite Lampard’s expected changes, I still feel Chelsea will get the job done in a 2-0 win to end the group stage on a high note.

Odds on a Chelsea win open at -400. Odds on a Krasnodar win at Stamford Bridge open at +1000. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +500.

Chelsea v Tottenham Betting Prediction, Week 10

This could be the most interesting clash to date in the Premier League this season as 3rd place Chelsea host 2nd place Tottenham Hotspur with the winner of the match heading top of the table.

They are both in great form heading into Sunday with Chelsea winning their last three games and Tottenham having won four in a row, the joint-longest (Everton) win streak in the Premier League this season.

It’s not only an interesting match-up on the pitch but also on the touchline as it’s yet another meeting between Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho. The Spurs’ coach was Lampard’s manager at Chelsea in two separate stints.

Lampard is unbeaten against his former manager in the Premier League, having completed the double over him last season in a 2-0 and 2-1 win.

The Englishman did lose his last match against Mourinho as they lost on penalties in the fourth round of the EPL Cup.

How Will the Return of Christian Pulisic Change the Chelsea Odds?

With Christian Pulisic back from injury after a month out, conversations about his ability being similar to former Chelsea man Eden Hazard have been reignited and Lampard was quick to pour water on expectations from not only Pulisic but new signing Hakim Ziyech.

Lampard said: “It is very hard to fill one-for-one a player of Eden’s talents.

“His input at the club was huge.

“I’ve been talking a lot about Harry Kane today and it’s an impact relative to the kind Harry has had with goals and assists they make for their team.

“To lose that, you have to try to find a way around it.

“With the transfer ban last year, it was more about the younger players coming in and how we could become more efficient as a team.

“We made really good steps and now, with the players we have brought in, I would hate to give any of them the job or idea of ‘you must replace Eden’.’

After losing Hazard, Lampard was backed in the transfer market and the pressure was apparent earlier on in the season when results weren’t as positive as they are now for Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho, who knows a few things about pressure said he enjoys having less pressure at a side like Tottenham where the financial capabilities of the club is not as strong as his former sides such as Chelsea or Real Madrid.

“What I felt is that when I was in these clubs, there was huge pressure on me and now there is not huge pressure on the coaches of these teams. Put a little bit of pressure on them and leave us in peace, doing our job.”

Chelsea Betting Prediction… Will We Have a Winner?

You can tell that it is paying off as Tottenham look like early title contenders and a win over their bitter rivals can only strengthen that cause.

I think both teams play out to an exciting 1-1 draw which would result in Tottenham going top of the league on goal difference.

Odds on a Chelsea win open at +105. Odds on a Tottenham Hotspur win open at +190. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +170.