Chelsea vs. Stade Rennes: Live stream, start time, TV channel, how to watch Champions League 2020-21 (Wed., Nov. 4). Chelsea are set to host Rennes on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge in a UEFA Champions League group stage game.
Chelsea come into this game following a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday in the English Premier League. Goals from Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech, France international Kurt Zouma and striker Timo Werner secured a comfortable win for Frank Lampard’s side.
Rennes beat Brest 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Saturday. Captain Damien Da Silva and Morocco international Nayef Aguerd scored the goals which ensured victory for Julien Stephan’s Rennes, while winger Franck Honorat scored the only goal for Brest.
Champions League matches are available to watch on TV via TUDN (formerly Univision), a Spanish-speaking network. The English-language broadcast is not available on TV. Instead, you’ll have to go to a live stream option in CBS All-Access to catch Champions League matches this year. CBS has exclusive rights to Champions League matches this year and is putting all matches exclusively on its paid streaming service, which does offer a seven-day trial. Meanwhile, the TUDN broadcast is also available to stream via fuboTV, which also has a free seven-day trial.
Chelsea vs. Stade Rennes (UEFA Champions League 2020-21)
Start time: 3 p.m. EST
TV channel TUDNxtra3 (Spanish) | (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.) The English broadcast of the match isn’t on normal TV channels and can only be streamed via CBS All-Access in the U.S. While you can’t watch that with normal cable or satellite services, you can still watch on TV by adding CBS All-Access to a smart TV or streaming devices such as a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick.
Live stream: CBS All-Access (English) | fuboTV (Spanish) – The English-language live stream is available exclusively via CBS All-Access, which has a seven-day free trial. The Spanish broadcast is available via TUDN and the TUDN app if you have a cable subscription. If you don’t have cable, you can catch the match via fuboTV, which has a free seven-day trial.
What is CBS All-Access? – CBS All-Access is an exclusive streaming platform for CBS content. Subscribers get access to all CBS shows and programming, including some content exclusive to the platform. Champions League matches are among the programming only available on the platform.
How much does it cost? – The platform is free to start, with new viewers able to sign up with a seven-day free trial. After that, CBS All-Access starts at $5.99 per month with commercials. Subscribers can watch without commercials for a rate of $9.99 per month.
Chelsea have an excellent opportunity to take firm control of our Champions League destiny tonight, as Stade Rennais come to town for the third game of the group stage. A win here, in the Mendy Derby, would put Chelsea on seven points and either level with Sevilla on the same total, or three points ahead of them, should they lose at home against Krasnodar.
The second half of our group stage campaign will be tougher than the first (away games at both Sevilla and Rennes), but seven points would most likely put us in a situation where a win against Krasnodar at home and just a point from either of those two away games would be sufficient to qualify. We should of course aim higher, but we must reach the knockout rounds at the very least. Rennes losing here would also leave them with just 1 point and very much on the outside looking in, just like, presumably, Krasnodar.
The Blues also come in with excellent momentum, and we should be looking to maintain that going into the weekend and the international break.
Date / Time: Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 20.00 GMT; 3pm EST; 1:30am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
Referee: Felix Zwayer (on pitch); Sascha Stegemann (VAR) — Stegemann is a new name for us, but this will be the fourth Chelsea match for Zwayer. We saw him last season in the 2-2 group stage draw at Valencia, as well as the year before in the 1-0 away first leg win against Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarterfinals. And Zwayer’s first Chelsea match was way back in 2015, the 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
On TV: BT Sport 2 (UK); none (USA); Sony Six (India); SuperSport Football Plus, Canal+ Sport 4 (NGA); elsewhere
Chelsea team news: Unbeaten outside of a penalty shootout in nine, with clean sheets in the last four and seven goals scored in the last two, Chelsea come in with plenty of momentum. But momentum alone doesn’t guarantee victory. It has to be actively cultivated and constantly built in order to maintain it properly.
That is to say, just because we’re in relatively good form, the work doesn’t stop. In many ways, it’s only still just beginning. Frank Lampard said similar things in his pre-match press conference (and presumably on the training ground as well), so hopefully the players are getting right message and are set to follow through with the right actions.
Beyond the mentality, the concern for Chelsea is growing fatigue, with the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Ben Chilwell being overly relied upon already. We saw how beneficial just a little bit of rest can be for Mason Mount, even, which should encourage us to look for opportunities to rotate. Unfortunately, this game probably is not it — especially with Christian “Glass Cannon” Pulisic set to miss out. There were also some stray reports yesterday of Kai Havertz sitting out from training. (We do get Marcos Alonso back from suspension while young Billy Gilmour is looking ever closer to returning soon.)
Stade Rennais team news: Rennes followed up their surprisingly good campaign last season with an even better start, despite losing Lev Yashin reincarnate goalkeeper Édouard Mendy to Chelsea. That said, they’ve won just one of the last six in all competitions, a stretch that included a very damaging 1-1 home draw against Krasnodar. However, that one win came this past weekend, a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Brest, so perhaps they’ve turned a corner (while still sitting third in the league behind PSG and Lille).
Unfortunately for head coach Julien Stéphan, he will be without another Eduardo, with super stud teenage midfielder Eduardo Camavinga set to miss out. Rennes will also be without frequently rumored Chelsea transfer target Daniel Rugani (at least while Maurizio Sarri was here), as well as midfielder Flavien Tait and left back Faitout Maouassa, who goes by the fantastic “Casserole Maouassa” on Google Auto-translate. (Faitout apparently means pot or stewpot, which can also be a casserole, the French pan for the namesake dish, or something.)
Anyway, Stéphan will have plenty of cooks in his kitchen still, with Steven Nzonzi in midfield and former AC Milan wonderboy M’Baye Niang up front. Mendy’s replacement is his international teammate, Alfred Gomis, who’s started their last four games.