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.
Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:
Wednesday’s broadcast schedule
UEFA Champions League Today, 3 p.m. ET, Paramount+
Juventus vs. Villarreal, 4 p.m. ET, Paramount+
Lille vs. Chelsea, 4 p.m. ET, Paramount+
UEFA Champions League Post-Match Show, 6 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+
Date: Wednesday, March 16 | Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Stade Pierre Mauroy — Lille, France
TV and live stream: Paramount+
Lille vs Chelsea team news
The hosts are without Renato Sanches due to a thigh injury, after he pulled up during the weekend draw with Saint-Etienne.
Reece James is the big question mark for Chelsea after he picked up a fresh muscle injury last week. Ben Chilwell (knee) is out and both Cesar Azpilicueta (illness) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (foot) are doubts.
Tuchel will have to decide whether he is happy to risk resting in-form forward Kai Havertz, to give Romelu Lukaku a fresh chance up top.
Lille vs Chelsea prediction
Chelsea have already completed half the job and should be able to enjoy a relatively stress-free night in France.
Bar a big win over Clermont Foot, Lille have only scored one goal in four games and lack the big night European experience of their opponents.
Chelsea to win, 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Lille wins: 0
Chelsea wins: 3