Chelsea vs Lille: Charlie Nicholas reveals what will happen in this game

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It’s a must win game for Chelsea tonight if the Blues must get through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas surprisingly predicted that struggling Everton would beat Chelsea at the Goodison Park over the weekend, and his predictions came true.

The former Arsenal man has now predicted a Chelsea victory in this must win game against Lille, however, he believes that Chelsea’s goals will come late in the game as he backed Chelsea to win 2-0.

He told Sky Sports: “Chelsea just need a win really. I see this being a bit like the Liverpool match. You can end up forcing it and caught up in the emotions of it.

“I think the young heads will be OK though and I see Chelsea getting there, but I don’t see this happening until later on in the contest.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has told his side that the key to winning this fixture is by scoring an early goal.

Lampard said: “Quite a lot of it has been chance conversion. Away from home we’ve wrapped up some goals and some really good performances. When you score early in the game at Burnley for instance, or Watford, it changes the face of the game.

“When you’re playing relatively well at home but don’t score for 45 minutes, which has been our problem in a lot of games, you add the pressure on yourself. We need to take our chances, especially ones that come early in the game. If you’ve got pressure, you need to convert it.”

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