The top spot in group E in the Champions League comes down to this as Chelsea travel to Sevilla in an intriguing game.
Despite both teams already secure of a place in the last 16, the Blues will hope to clinch top spot with a draw at least at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, while Sevilla will hope to prove their worth as they take the leap from being a dominant Europa League side to Champions League contenders.
The Blues will likely flip their approach, after being frustrated at home to Tottenham, with the onus on Julen Lopetegui’s side to push for the victory and take a coveted seeded place in the next round, which will, in theory, hand the group winners an easier opponent.
Frank Lampard’s bulging squad will mean there will likely be several changes here, with one eye on facing Leeds United this weekend, but after drawing Bayern Munich in last season’s round of 16, he will be aware of the risk posed by qualifying as runners-up.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.
When is the game?
The match kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday, 2 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.
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. Lucas Ocampos and Luuk De Jong are also injury doubts.
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 at right-back in place of Reece James, or at left-back to hand Ben Chilwell a rest, given the England international’s injuries this season.
Olivier Giroud scored the winner at Rennes and is in need of minutes to persuade 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.
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
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 this time - and likely long before the 85th minute when Serhou Guirassy equalised last week. Sevilla 1-1 Chelsea.