Sevilla vs Chelsea prediction: How will Champions League fixture play out tonight?

Jack Rathborn
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Chelsea striker Timo Werner (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea striker Timo Werner (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea continue their Champions League campaign with a tough match on the road against Sevilla.

The Blues will look to return to winning ways after being held by Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, keeping them in third place.

Frank Lampard will likely rotate his squad once more, though a more complete performance will be demanded in Europe after Olivier Giroud salvaged victory at Rennes despite conceding a late equaliser after allowing the game to drift once they had taken the lead.

Both teams will be determined to gain a positive result here, with the first result between the sides, a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, knowing that whoever finishes second will likely face a tougher test in the last 16, as experienced last term by the Blues against the champions Bayern Munich.

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Here is our prediction for the game at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

<p>Giroud celebrates with teammates after his winner against Rennes</p>EPA

Giroud celebrates with teammates after his winner against Rennes

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When is the game?

The match kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday, 1 December at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 3 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport app and desktop website.

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Team news

Bono has tested positive for Covid-19, so Tomas Vaclik will be in goal, Karim Rekik will replace the injured Sergio Escudero at left-back, while Suso could miss this one with a knock.

Christian Pulisic made his return from injury against Spurs on Sunday, but this game could be too soon for a start. Kai Havertz is in a similar situation, but could come back into the line-up. Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to get another start, though it is unclear whether it will be directly at right-back for Reece James, or at left-back to hand Ben Chilwell a rest, given the England international’s injuries this season.

<p>Lampard watches on during the first game with Sevilla</p>Getty

Lampard watches on during the first game with Sevilla

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Olivier Giroud scored the winner at Rennes and is in need of minutes to persuaded him to stay at Chelsea beyond January, while Frank Lampard will have to decide whether Thiago Silva can play two games in four days here or whether to rest the Brazilian to face Leeds this weekend.

Confirmed line-ups

Sevilla XI: Vaclík; Jesús Navas, Sergi Gómez, Diego Carlos, Rekik; Vázquez, Gudelj, Rakitic; Idrissi, En-Nesyri, Óscar

Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic, Havertz; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Pulisic

Odds

Sevilla: 7/4

Draw: 12/5

Chelsea: 6/4

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Prediction

Chelsea have the pace on the break to hurt Sevilla, particularly if Werner starts as the No 9, but the disruption to the back four and the hosts pushing for a win to snatch control of the group could lead to a score draw, with their added threat compared to Rennes likely to punish any similar lapses in concentration - long before Serhou Guirassy’s 85th minute equaliser last week. Sevilla 1-1 Chelsea.

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