Chelsea vs Sevilla Preview – Chelsea will meet Sevilla on matchday 1 of Group E 2020/21 Champions League, Wednesday (21/10/2020). This is a meeting between the Europa League winners.
Chelsea are champions of the 2018/19 Europa League, while Sevilla are champions of 2019/20. Although they have a long history in Europe, these two teams have never met before and this is the first meeting between the two teams.
Chelsea and Sevilla both failed to win in their last match. In the Premier League, Timo Werner’s two goals and one Kai Havertz goal could only give Chelsea a 3-3 draw against Southampton. Meanwhile, Sevilla was defeated by host Granada 0-1 and forced to swallow their first defeat in La Liga this season. Chelsea and Sevilla are both eyeing the best results on this first matchday. A fierce duel also seemed inevitable.
Despite acting as host, there is no guarantee Chelsea will win. The reason is, Sevilla has a pretty good record against teams from England. On their way to the 2019/20 Europa League championship ladder, Sevilla also passed two representatives from England, Wolverhampton and Manchester United, in the quarter-finals and semifinals. Sevilla beat Wolverhampton 1-0 with a single goal from Lucas Ocampos, then beat Manchester United 2-1 with goals from Suso and Luuk de Jong. Chelsea must be careful if they don’t want to suffer a similar fate.
Chelsea vs Sevilla Preview
- This will be the meeting between the last two editions of the Europa League. Chelsea won in 2018/19, while Sevilla won 2019/20.
- Both of them both failed to win in their matches in domestic competitions. In the Premier League, Chelsea represent Southampton 3-3. Meanwhile, Sevilla were beaten by hosts Granada 0-1 in the Spanish La Liga.
- Sevilla has a pretty good record against teams from England. Last season, on the way to winning the Europa League, they defeated two representatives of England, Wolverhampton and Manchester United, in the quarter-finals and semifinals.
Estimated Line-up of Players
Chelsea Line up (4-3-3): Willy Cabellero, Reece James, Andreas Christensen/fikayo tomori, Kurt Zouma/Thiago silva, Ben Chilwell, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi/Christian pulisic, Timo Werner, Mason Mount.
Sevilla Line up (4-3-3): Bono, Jesus Navas, Sergi Gomez, Diego Carlos, Marcos Acuna, Joan Jordan, Fernando, Ivan Rakitic, Suso, Youssef En-Nesyri, Munir El Haddadi.
If on the front lines of Chelsea it is like the match against Southampton, it is likely that Chelsea will win but there must be changes in the back line such as the pairing back between Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva or Fikayo Tomori and the position of the goalkeeper entrusted back to Willy Caballero. With such a line-up, Chelsea can ensure 3 points.