The UEFA Champions League is back on Tuesday with eight matches scheduled on the docket. There are some powerhouses in action today, including Juventus, PSG, and Barcelona. Honourable mention to Manchester United, but we’re years past saying that they are an elite club. There have been encouraging signs from Manchester United of late, which included a blowout of RB Leipzig, 5-1, and a narrow win over PSG, 2-1. It might have been a close win over PSG, but unexpected and a win as an underdog.
However, in their last Champions League match, they were 2-1 losers against Istanbul. They will meet in a rematch on Tuesday. Elsewhere in the Champions League, Rennes will host Chelsea in France for matchday four. Rennes desperately needs a win to stay afloat in Champions League competition. They’re holding on by a thread and need to find a jolt at home against the visiting Champions League opponent. Rennes goes into Tuesday with a record of 0-1-2 following three matches. One draw isn’t going to get it done in this group.
Group E consists of Chelsea, Sevilla, Krasnodar, and Rennes. Chelsea and Sevilla are the only clubs who were threats going into this campaign, and nothing has changed. They are still the class of Group E. Matches are beginning to get quite important considering how tight things are at the top of the group. Note that Chelsea and Sevilla are in a 2-1-0 deadlock for the lead with 7 points. Krasnodar and Rennes are just trying to desperately find enough points to get to the Europa League. Krasnodar and Rennes are both tied with a record of 0-1-2 and 1 point.
The fourth place team is officially eliminated, while third will be demoted to the Europa League. No. 1 and 2 advance to the next round of the Champions League, so it’s only about bragging rights for these two clubs at this point. With only three matches remaining in group play, they are going to comfortably advance. Chelsea can’t be table watching going into France, though. Ignore that Rennes are a 0-1-2 club and treat them a winner and Chelsea should be fine on the road. Conversely, if they don’t take this match seriously, that’s where some doubt could creep in. Head below for our free Rennes vs. Chelsea pick for November 24, 2020.
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Rennes are a mediocre club in Ligue 1 with a record of 5-3-3 and 18 points for seventh. They’re coming off two straight losses in Ligue 1 and aren’t in the best of form. Rennes are on the heels of a 1-0 loss against Bordeaux and 3-0 against PSG. Prior to that, Rennes were 3-0 losers against Chelsea on the road. Their last win was on October 31 versus Brest. Brest are 13th in Ligue 1 with a record of 5-0-6 and 15 points.
That win was expected for Rennes as the favourites in that fixture. The problem Rennes has had is springing an upset. The only “success” they’ve had in the Champions League is a 1-1 draw against Krasnodar on October 20. That accounts for their only point. A win against Monaco in September might be their best win of the last few months.
Bad news for Rennes going into Tuesday, as they’ll have to deal with Thiago Silva. Silva has indicated that he will be back in the lineup for Tuesday in France. He was unavailable in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Newcastle on Friday. Overall Chelsea has been in terrific form recently. They’re on a four-match winning streak with a goal differential of 16-1. Sheffield United is the only club to score a goal on Chelsea in those four contests.
That stretch includes a 3-0 win over Rennes on November 4. Timo Werner struck early with a goal at the 10 minute mark, and that was pretty much all she wrote. Werner added another goal on a penalty kick at the 41 minute mark to put the game away before half. Note that Chelsea and Liverpool are the clubs in the Champions League to not concede a goal yet. And even if Rennes does score, Chelsea should still get the win here by a score of 2-1. If Chelsea are interested in playing on Tuesday, they should be good for three points.