Krasnodar vs. Chelsea Betting Preview – Champions League, October 28, 2020
Krasnodar and Chelsea clash for one of two early Champions League kick-offs on Wednesday, October 28, with Group E finely poised.
Both sides picked up a draw on Matchday 1, although Frank Lampard’s Blues are expected to claim their first win of the 2020/21 UCL campaign when they visit Southern Russia.
Keep reading to see my Krasnodar vs. Chelsea prediction and betting pick.
Krasnodar vs. Chelsea Odds
It is fair to say that Krasnodar (6.80) has made a poor start to the season, so I’m really not shocked by the odds for this game. Having said that, Chelsea (1.42) hasn’t exactly been firing on all cylinders this term.
The Russian side will fancy their chances of upsetting the odds on Wednesday, but Chelsea’s forward line definitely gives the visitors the edge.
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Despite facing a barrage of shots against Rennes on Matchday 1, Krasnodar managed to come away from France with a point. The Russians went behind to a Serhou Guirassy penalty early in the second half, but Cristian Ramirez earned his side a draw three minutes later.
Having finished third in the Russian Premier League last term, it was always going to be difficult for Krasnodar to compete in the Champions League this season. Murad Musayev’s men had to play two qualifying games just to reach the competition, so they will surely be happy with last week’s result.
But the team’s chances of equaling last season’s domestic finish are already looking pretty slim. The Bulls currently find themselves eighth in the table – nine points behind frontrunner Spartak Moscow – with a record of W5-D3-L4.
Meanwhile, back-to-back clean sheets suggest that Frank Lampard has sorted out Chelsea’s defensive problems, at least for now. The Blues conceded eight goals across their opening five EPL games this term, but following a goalless draw with Sevilla, Chelsea and Manchester United canceled each other out on Saturday.
Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for Lampard’s men. Indeed, Chelsea netted over 2.5 goals in each of their three Premier League outings leading up to their trip to Old Trafford. But the backline has been under huge scrutiny of late.
It is pretty obvious that Chelsea’s attacking endeavor has taken a backseat in recent games. Lampard has clearly had enough of his leaky backline, so a change had to be made.
But with new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy settling in nicely and the vastly experienced Thiago Silva – who played in last season’s Champions League final – bringing some much-needed stability to the Blues’ backline, forward players like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz should now have the freedom to wreak havoc at the other end of the pitch.
Krasnodar vs. Chelsea Pick
Chelsea to Win1.42
I don’t think either manager will be overly happy with how their team has started the 2020/21 season, but while Krasnodar continues to underperform, Chelsea appears to be heading in the right direction.
The Blues may have drawn their last three games, but that means they head into this clash on a four-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. In my opinion, a trip to off-form Krasnodar presents Lampard’s men with the ideal opportunity to return to winning ways.