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Sevilla vs Chelsea Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

90min logo 90min 11/30/2020 Declan Houten
Thiago Silva standing in front of a crowd: Chelsea will be hoping for a repeat of their last Champions League away day at Rennes | John Berry/Getty Images © Provided by 90min Chelsea will be hoping for a repeat of their last Champions League away day at Rennes | John Berry/Getty Images

On paper this looks like your standard dead rubber, but there's a fair bit to play for as Sevilla host Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

While both sides have qualified from Group E, they are on an equal amount of points after an intriguing (/ boring) goalless draw back in October, and finishing first in their pool could be the difference between playing Bayern Munich or Club Brugge in the next round.

a man with a football ball on a field: Jules Kounde has been sought after by Man City | Eric Alonso/Getty Images © Eric Alonso/Getty Images Jules Kounde has been sought after by Man City | Eric Alonso/Getty Images

It'll be a football match which pits the unstoppable force against the immovable object - Chelsea find themselves on a pretty decent run of form at the moment, another yawn-inducing 0-0 draw with Spurs notwithstanding, while Sevilla been rampant at home and in Europe of late.

For Frank Lampard, it represents a big opportunity for the Blues to firmly put their early-season wobbles behind them and show themselves off as one of Europe's best, for Sevilla, it's an evening where they can celebrate having finally escaped the clutches of the Europa League (for now).

Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Wednesday 2 December

What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (GMT)

Where Is it Played? Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán

TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 3 (UK), CBS Sports (USA)

Team News

Sevilla have a few injury problems to contend with - Europa League hero Bono and rotation player Carlos Fernandez could both be out with Covid-19 if they fail to test negative in time, while Suso and wing-back Marcos Acuna will both miss out with muscular issues.

Sergio Escudero, additionally, is undergoing surgery, and is unlikely to be back until later in the month at the very earliest.

a man looking at the camera: Suso is sadly no stranger when it comes to the treatment table | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images © Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Suso is sadly no stranger when it comes to the treatment table | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Chelsea are a bit of an outlier in this strange period, with none of their first-team players out of action. Marco van Ginkel remains close to an extraordinary comeback after the ACL injury which sidelined him for two years of football, while Billy Gilmour, having had meniscus surgery over the summer, is not ready just yet for a comeback of his own.

Predicted Lineups

Sevilla: Vaclik; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Rekik; Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic; Ocampos, En-Nesyri, El Haddadi

Chelsea: Mendy; James, Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kanté, Havertz, Mount; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Pulisic

Recent Form

Sevilla had really struggled to put a run of form together during the early weeks of the season - perhaps on account of finishing the 2019/20 season as late as August, and having less than a month's turnaround before their first pre-season games.

In recent weeks, however, they've really started to click, having won all of their last five matches, securing them qualification to the knockout rounds of the Champions League for the first time since 2018, and some hope in La Liga's increasingly crowded title race.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Mendy has been a cool head between the sticks | Pool/Getty Images © Pool/Getty Images Mendy has been a cool head between the sticks | Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea are in a weirdly similar position - having started the season in rather unimpressive fashion, which may have had something to do with them playing Bayern in what amounted to a dead rubber in Lisbon a month before the new season - they won just two of their first five games.

However, Sunday's draw against Spurs was the first time that Lampard's men dropped points across their last seven games, and the signing of Edouard Mendy has been genuinely transformative, turning them into bonafide title contenders for the time being at least.

Here's how the sides have got on in their last five...

Chelsea

Chelsea 0-0 Spurs (29/11)

Stade Rennais 1-2 Chelsea (24/11)

Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea (21/11)

Chelsea 4-1 Sheffield United (7/11)

Chelsea 3-0 Stade Rennais (4/11)

Sevilla

Huesca 0-1 Sevilla (28/11)

Krasnodar 1-2 Sevilla (24/11

Sevilla 4-2 Celta Vigo (21/11)

Sevilla 1-0 Osasuna (7/11)

Sevilla 3-2 Krasnodar (4/11)

Prediction

Chelsea with their 11-game unbeaten streak, Sevilla with their five-game winning run... something's gotta give eventually, right?

a close up of Lucas Ocampos throwing a ball: Could a moment of quality from Lucas Ocampos prove decisive? | Eric Alonso/Getty Images © Eric Alonso/Getty Images Could a moment of quality from Lucas Ocampos prove decisive? | Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Well, not necessarily - it makes sense that this match would be a draw, given that the two sides found themselves evenly matched last time out, there could well be a sense of cageyness or even a willingness to preserve energy within the match, also taking into account the fact that Chelsea at times find it difficult to score against bigger sides who are defensively organised.

With Chelsea looking ahead to what will be a comprehensive examination of their fitness against Leeds at the weekend, you'd be surprised if this was a ding-dong battle. Instead, how about another bore draw for the Blues?

Prediction: Sevilla 0-0 Chelsea

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