Chelsea host Rennes on Matchday Three of the UCL group stage as they look to strengthen their hold of Group E top spot in a 20:00 UK time kick-off.
Chelsea have improved massively in all areas of the pitch in the past few weeks, but most notably in goal, with Edouard Mendy already looking like the real deal. The former Rennes goalkeeper has kept five shutouts in his first six outings for the London outfit and has strung a number of stellar displays. Confidence is high in the Chelsea camp and they should be entering this tie as favourites. Meanwhile, the French side make the trip to Stamford Bridge looking to record their first ever victory in the group stages of this competition.
While Chelsea have been on an upward trajectory of late, Rennes have experienced the opposite courtesy of a four-match winless run being put together ahead of the weekend’s meeting with Brest. However, the comeback 2-1 win in Ligue 1 has lifted the mood at the club, who only sit three points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Regardless of their recent set of results, Rennes have only conceded six goals during their last five outings, an improvement on their record before the October international break.
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Rennes have received a double blow with Daniele Rugani and Eduardo Camavinga both being ruled out through injury. The French side have an otherwise fully fit squad.
Steven N’Zonzi will line up in midfield after serving a European suspension.