Sevilla vs Chelsea Preview

December 1, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Sevilla and Chelsea will be looking to claim top spot in Group E of the UEFA Champions League as they face off at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The two sides have already booked their progression to the knockout rounds of the competition with ten points each, with a win in Seville potentially going a long way in securing a somewhat easier draw in the Round of 16. Chelsea currently sit at odds of 4/6 with William Hill to win the group in the final two matchdays, whilst Julen Lopetegui’s troops are somewhat less fancied at 11/10.

The Blues are also favourites to win the game between the two, as well as the group. Having already drawn 0-0 with Sevilla at Stamford Bridge this season, Frank Lampard’s men can be backed at a price of 7/5 with Paddy Power to claim three points in Seville and claim their third consecutive Champions League away win – a feat that they have not managed since the 2003/04 season. Meanwhile, the hosts, who have only lost two home matches in all competitions since the start of the 2019/20, sit at 9/5. Another draw to be produced on Wednesday evening is available at a price of 23/10.

One man who could come in particularly useful is German frontman Timo Werner. Whilst yet to really hit top form at Stamford Bridge, the 24-year-old has scored seven goals in his last eight UEFA Champions League away games. He then is one of the favourites to open the scoring at a price of 9/2 with Betfair. The main threat from a Sevilla perspective looks to be Youssef En-Nesyri. The Moroccan has already scored six goals from just five starts in all competitions this season and sits at 6/1 to be the first player to find the net on Wednesday.

On the injury front, both managers have very differing situations ahead of the game but each could make changes considering their teams have already progressed from the group. Chelsea can boast a clean bill of health and could be tempted to hand Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic starting berths, whilst Thiago Silva could be rested in place of Antonio Rudiger. Meanwhile, Lopetegui cannot call on the services of goalkeeper Bono having recently tested positive for COVID-19. He is likely to be replaced by Tomas Vaclik. Elsewhere, Suso has missed the last seven matches for Sevilla and is unlikely to make an appearance against Chelsea. He joins Sergio Escudero on the sidelines.

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