Chelsea face a do or die Champions League clash with Lille at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.

Frank Lampard will be hopeful that his side can secure their place in the knockout stages of the competition with a victory over the French side.

Failure to pick up three points could bring a premature end to their European campaign, as Chelsea currently sit third in Group H.

If the Blues lose they will be knocked out of the Champions League, and a draw will only see Lampard’s men progress if Valencia are beaten by Ajax.

Victory will confirm a knockout stage birth for Chelsea though, as they welcome bottom of the table Lille to Stamford Bridge in Matchday Six.

Goals from Tammy Abraham and Willian secured a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture, with the French side picking up just one point from their five games so far.

Chelsea could receive a huge defensive boost for the visit of Lille, as Antonio Rudiger has a chance of returning to action, according to BBC Sport.

The defender has been sidelined since September, and his timely recovery could help the Blues progress to the next round of the competition.

Chelsea will be without Olivier Giroud though, meaning they will rely on Abraham and Michy Batshuayi as there striking options.

Fikayo Tomori remains sidelined due to injury, however the loss of the youngster could be offset by the potential return of Rudiger to the line-up.

A 2-2 draw with Valencia in the last round of group stage fixtures meant that Chelsea were unable to secure qualification for the knockout stages with a game to spare.

Following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Everton on Saturday afternoon, Lampard will be looking for a response in order for his men to get back to winning ways and progress in the competition.


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