Rennes vs Chelsea LIVE: Stream free, TV channel, teams, kick-off time – Champions League latest as Thiago Silva returns – The Sun

CHELSEA travel to Rennes knowing they have the opportunity to secure qualification for the Champions League last 16.

Victory for the Blues would effectively see them qualify for spring's knockout stages while mathematically doing so if Krasnodar fail to beat Sevilla.

And Frank Lampard will be very much hoping the West Londoners repeat their performance at Stamford Bridge three weeks ago when they ran out crushing 3-0 winners over the French side.

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  • Rennes XI: Gomis, H.Traoré, Da Silva, Nyamsi, Truffert, Bourigeaud, Camavinga, Nzonzi, Doku, Léa-Siliki, Guirassy.
  • Chelsea XI: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, Chilwell, Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Werner.
  • Rebecca Chaplin

    READY FOR ACTION

    With kick-off 30 minutes away, here's a snap of Chelsea arriving at Roazhon Park.

    Are we in for a dazzling display of football, or will Chelsea just grind out a result?

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    TEAM NEWS- RENNES

    Rennes, on the other hand, have a growing list of injuries so they've given Gerzino Nyamsi his first start of the season.

    There have been five changes to the French side since their league loss against Bordeaux.

    Hamari Traore and Gerzino Nyamsi start in defence, while former Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi returns.

    James Lea Siliki, Jeremy Doku and Serhou Guirassy make up the forwards.

    With Guirassy bagging the French side's only goals in the competition group stage.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    TEAM NEWS – CHELSEA

    Frank Lampard has fielded a strong team this evening to ensure his team secure early qualification.

    He's made four changes to his starting line-up from their win over Newcastle and has plenty of fire power on the bench if he needs to call upon it.

    Thiago Silva is back in the starting XI, replacing Antonio Rudiger.

    Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi come in for N'Golo Kante and Hatem Ziyech.

    While Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has replaced Reece James at right back.

    Goalkeeper Mendy starts against his former club.

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    TUESDAY BLUES

    Chelsea stormed to a 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge when they met Rennes earlier this month.

    Can we expect more of the same this evening?

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    RENNES DUGOUT

    Salin, Soppy, Assignon, Omari, Maouassa, Grenier, Del Castillo, Tait, Gboho, Hunou, Niang, Rutter

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    CHELSEA BENCH

    Caballero, Kepa, James, Christensen, Tomori, Rudiger, Alonso, Emersen, Kante, Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    RENNES XI

    Gomis, Traore, Da Silva, Nyamsi, Truffertm Camavinga, Bourigeaud, Nzonzi, Lea Siliki, Guirassy, Doku

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    CHELSEA XI

    16. Mendy, 28. Azpilicueta, 5. Thiago Silva, 15. Zouma, 21. Chilwell, 17. Kovacic, 5. Jorgino, 19. Mount, 20. Hundson-Odoi, 9. Abraham, 11. Werner

  • Rebecca Chaplin

    GOOD EVENING

    The return of Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva to the Chelsea squad will be music to fans’ ears ahead of their trip to Rennes.

    Havertz, 21, has finished his period of isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, while Silva, 36, sat out Chelsea’s win at Newcastle on Saturday.

    They are, however, still without Christian Pulisic who is nearing return to action after suffering a hamstring strain.

    Rennes , meanwhile, are likely to be without on-loan Juventus defender Daniele Rugani as well as Faitout Maouassa, while left-back Dalbert is suspended, having been shown a red at Stamford Bridge.

    During their last meeting, Chelsea beat Rennes 3-0 at home when they met earlier this month, which bodes well for Frank Lampard’s side.

    The Blues boss will hope for a similar result this evening, as Chelsea could qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League tonight with two games to spare.

    Lampard’s side are unbeaten in the competition so far having won twice and a drawn once.

    Stick with us this evening as we see if Chelsea can hold onto their unbeaten run.

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