Krasnodar vs Chelsea kick-off time, TV and live stream details
It took more than a year before Frank Lampard saw his Chelsea side play out a 0-0 draw.
Then, after witnessing a goalless stalemate at home to Sevilla in last week’s Champions League Group E clash, it was immediately followed by another in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
So while defensive frailties are being addressed, could it be at the expense of an expensively-assembled attack?
One plus for Lampard is goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who – despite one heartstopping moment – made a couple of impressive saves against Manchester United for his second successive clean sheet.
Can the Blues now build on that when they go to Russia and FC Krasnodar?
What time is Krasnodar vs Chelsea?
Chelsea’s trip to southern Russia – Krasnodar is a 15-hour drive south from Moscow – is one of Wednesday’s early Champions League ties.
Kick-off is at 5.55pm, along with PSG’s trip to İstanbul Başakşehir in Group H.
The other Group E match – Sevilla vs Rennes – is at 8pm, as is Manchester United’s match at home to RB Leipzig.
Krasnodar vs Chelsea TV channel and live stream
Coverage of Chelsea’s group game in Russia will be on BT Sport 3 from 5.15pm.
Those who subscribe to BT Sport can also stream the game through its app.
Afterwards, fans can watch Man Utd vs RB Leipzig on BT Sport 2, as well as Barcelona ’s trip to Juventus – another 8pm match – on BT Sport 3.
Krasnodar vs Chelsea odds
After drawing a blank in their opening Champions League group match with Sevilla, Chelsea have an altogether more winnable assignment in Russia.
They may be just 4/9 for the win , but they travel in indifferent form.
They bored a TV audience into submission on Saturday night with Saturday’s goalless draw at Old Trafford, and recorded just six shots against Sevilla in last week’s stalemate – the lowest shot tally they’ve registered in a Champions League game since February 2015.
So if they’re going to win the game – which they should – it’s not likely to be by a landslide.
Eight of Chelsea’s last ten Champions League away wins have come ‘to nil’ and they are 5/4 to make that nine from 11.
Giving Krasnodar confidence is the fact that Chelsea have conceded before half-time in four of their last five Champions League away games. Krasnodar to lead at half-time is 5/1 and the Russians to lead at half-time then lose is an enormous 18/1 .
Marcus Berg has scored in three of his last four competitive home appearances for Krasnodar and he is 8/1 to open the scoring and 11/4 to score at any time .
All seven of Timo Werner’s Champions League goals have come away from home – and he is the tournament’s top scorer amongst players to have never scored at home. He is 16/5 to score first and Evens to extend that curious slice of Champions League history.
Odds collected from thepools.com and are subject to change.