After a disappointing nil-nil Champions League matchday 1 draw versus Sevilla, Chelsea now head to Russia in need of getting all three points against Group E rival Krasnodar. Chelsea’s scoreless draw at home wasn’t as damaging as it could have been. Krasnodar finished matchday 1 with a 1-1 draw versus France’s Rennes as they came from behind. They too are looking for max points as Chelsea come to town.

Frank Lampard’s team go into the game in poor form. Chelsea have drawn three straight games, scoring just three goals in the course of the 270 minutes of football. However, those three goals came against Southampton and the club have now gone 180 minutes of football without tickling the nylon nets.

Krasnodar are blowing hot and cold in all competitions. The Russians are eighth in the Premier League after 12 matchdays. They are already nine points off of first-placed Spartak Moscow. At the weekend, Krasnodar fell to the league leaders 3-1 and are winless in two straight games in all competitions.

These teams have not played in the Champions League previously. Lampard will hope his side can go to southern Russia and pick up a victory. The manager needs it as pressure mounts at Stamford Bridge.

Krasnodar vs Chelsea Betting Odds

Chelsea are coming off of a nil-nil draw away to Manchester United. In a way, it was a positive result for Chelsea as the team’s defence kept a second straight clean sheet. The problem was that Lampard’s high-priced attack of Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Kai Havertz were unable to score a goal. All three were subbed off for the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, and Hakim Ziyech.

The three replacements were no better in front of goal and it was summer signing, goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, that made a late save to keep the score level. Chelsea have kept four clean sheets this season with two coming in their last two matches in all competitions. The Blues have found the back of the net 20 times for an average of 2.22 goals per game. However, six of those 20 goals came in EFL Cup game versus Barnsley.

Chelsea and Sevilla are both at odds of 5/4 to win Group E. Rennes, who are playing in their first-ever Champions League tournament, are 7/1 to win the group. Krasnodar are 20/1 to top the table. On paper Chelsea and Sevilla are the strongest teams in the group. However, after matchday 1, Group E looks wide open. Matchday 2’s results should give a clearer picture of which team will win the group.

Krasnodar vs Chelsea Team News

Lampard has just two players listed as injured at Stamford Bridge. Billy Gilmour is a long-term injury after having knee surgery. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is ruled out with a shoulder issue. Edouard Mendy played against Manchester United last week and kept the Blues from losing late in the game.

Scoring chances were few and far between against Sevilla on matchday 1. Chelsea tallied just six shots with four on target. They kept a mere 44% of the game’s possession. Lampard chose a 4-2-3-1 formation with Werner at the tip of the attack. Kai Havertz played behind him as the No. 10 with Pulisic and Mount on each wing. Lampard continues to tinker with his side and is not getting the best out of very good attacking players.

Krasnodar manager Murad Musayev has two players on the shelf with injuries. Sergei Petrov and Viktor Claesson are both out of the game and not due back until next month. Both could appear at the return fixture in London.

Bulls striker Marcus Berg leads the team in goals with five in 10 games in the Russian Premier League. Although he leads the side in goals, it was Cristian Ramirez that found the back of the next versus Rennes on matchday 1.

Krasnodar vs Chelsea Prediction

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Timo Werner did not start the Premier League season quickly. Liverpool’s decision to pace on the pacey striker may prove to be a masterstroke. Werner has scored just twice in six league games for the Blues and failed to score on matchday 1 in the Champions League. Against Krasnodar’s defence, he will fancy his chances of getting a goal. Werner takes an average of 2.59 shots per 90 minutes.

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In six of Krasnodar’s 14 games in all competitions this season, they were losing at halftime. They are coming off of a 3-1 loss to Spartak Moscow in which they were down 2-0 at halftime. Although Chelsea’s attack has not created a goal in their last 180 minutes of football, Krasnodar could be the tonic to improve the Blues’ scoring. Krasnodar have conceded 16 times in 14 games in all competitions.

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Chelsea’s defence has suddenly begun playing well. Perhaps it is having Edouard Mendy at the back rather than the error-prone Kepa. The team’s defensive improvements have led to a lack of scoring, however. No goals have been scored in their last two games. Chelsea average 2.22 goals per match in all competitions. Krasnodar average 1.80 goals per game.

Eight of Krasnodar’s 14 matches in all competitions finished with under 2.5 goals tallied. Meanwhile, Chelsea have had four of their nine games in all competitions end with under 2.5 goals. That includes two straight matches in all competitions.

Chelsea should be better than they are. Sure, Chelsea have lost just once this season in nine games, but they keep dropping points with draws. Their last three games in all competitions finished in draws. Lampard has a lot of work to do, but he isn’t the best man for the job, as has been seen. The manager has spent a lot of money but cannot get the best out of good players.

That said, Chelsea should get a win on Wednesday night in southern Russia. Krasnodar should be difficult to beat, but not impossible for the Blues to defeat.