Chelsea carry a two-goal lead to Northern France to face Lille OSC on Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg with the Premier League club’s future up in the air due to their ongoing sale process. The titleholders are strong favorites to reach the quarterfinals but the Blues’ financial situation has raised questions over whether they will actually be able to compete in the quarterfinals should they get there.
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Wednesday’s broadcast schedule
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Date: Wednesday, March 16 | Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Stade Pierre Mauroy — Lille, France
TV and live stream: Paramount+
Odds: Lille +320; Draw +250; Chelsea -118 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Lille vs. Chelsea
Lille: Renato Sanches will miss out injured but Benjamin Andre should return from illness.
Chelsea: Ben Chilwell is out but Cesar Azpilicueta should return while Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are expected to miss out.
Lille: Two wins and a draw since their first-leg loss in London has pushed Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men up to the cusp of the European places in Ligue 1 and they should be able to push that form forward if they drop out of Europe here, as expected. Advancing would be huge, but Sanches’ untimely injury is already testing squad depth and Les Dogues will need minimal distractions to ensure that they remain on the continental stage next season.
Chelsea: Aside from their EFL Cup final loss on penalties to Liverpool, Thomas Tuchel’s men have been keeping it together since the news of their messy situation with Middlesbrough developing ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup clash.broke with three consecutive Premier League wins to sit third in the table. There is, however, a
Look for LOSC to give it a good go but the defending champions to come out on top. Had the Blues looked a bit wobbly, an upset might have been on the cards. Instead, Tuchel and his players should march on. Pick: Lille 1, Chelsea 2.