Chelsea vs Sevilla Soccer Predictions and Betting : The 66th season of the UEFA Champions League is back after two months with the qualifying round completed. The main draw starts on 20th October and goes on until May 29th 2021 which is the tentative date for the final. With the draws out, Group E has two top teams Sevilla and Chelsea along with Krasnodar and Rennes.
Come Tuesday, Chelsea are facing their first challenge in Sevilla in their own backyard. Chelsea haven’t had a good tournament in the Europe’s biggest league for a while and would be looking to go deep this time around. On the other hand, the Spanish club have the squad to take on the biggest clubs and has every chance to give tough competition in this season.
Chelsea vs Sevilla Soccer Predictions and Betting Summary
Chelsea vs Sevilla Soccer Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Chelsea went trophyless in the 2019 season despite being part of all top competitions. In Premier League, they settled for 4th place but lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup final. Their Champions League was forgettable after a massive lost against the eventual champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16 game.
They are desperate to get back to winning trophies with a rejuvenated squad in place for this season. Chelsea started their season with a win against Brighton but lost against reigning champions Liverpool.
They forced a late draw against West Brom but looked sharp with a victory against Crystal Palace. They will be looking to top the group stage to carry the momentum for the eventual games.
On the contrary, Sevilla didn’t have a really good season in Spain but turned it around when they were competing in Europe. They finished 4th in La Liga and surrendered to Mirandes in the round of 16 of the Copa Del Rey.
In the Europa League, they were impeccable winning against Manchester United in the semis and scored 3 goals to clinch the Europa League Title. They had a good start to their La Liga season with 2 wins and a draw so far.
Apart from this, they lost to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup held between Champions League winners and Europa League winners.
Chelsea vs Sevilla Soccer Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
Recent Meeting: They haven’t played before. This will be the very first meeting between Chelsea and Sevilla
Chelsea vs Sevilla Soccer Predictions and Betting : Offensive and defensive stats
The Chelsea would want to field a 4-2-3-1 combination for their first champions league game at Stamford Bridge. The Sevilla held Barcelona 1-1 with a 4-3-3 formation and are probably going in with the same formation that gives them ample amount of attack and defense for this fixture.
The Chelsea looked strong and sorted but have lacked intent in few games. Tammy Abraham who is the key striker in the team has been quiet in the two games with a much-needed goal against West Brom that forced a draw. The highest scorer last year has been a key forward and a match-winner for the blues. He has an excellent header and has scored twice in 4 outings along with 2.7 shots per game, 0.3 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game so far.
The new signing Kai Havertz has proved to be a top performer but hasn’t converted the chances yet. He had a hattrick last month in the EFL Cup and has 90.1% pass success with 0.6 shots and 1.2 key passes per game in recent past.
Timo Werner hasn’t opened his account in Premier league and has looked out of touch in the last couple of games. There is no doubt in his finishing ability or in creating chances, but the German will have to bounce back quickly. He has 4 goals in 12 games with 79% success in passes in addition to 2.4 shots on target and 0.7 key passes per match.
The Sevilla attack has Luuk De Jong, Ocampos and Suso to score important goals for the team.
De Jong is not only a good finisher but also has a good header along with his skills in the air. He has so far scored 2 goals in 3 games with a 76% pass accuracy and 1.7 aerials won per game. Alon with this he produces 1 shot on target and gives 0.5 key pass per game.
Lucas Ocampos is a great addition who has scored 4 goals in the last 8 outings. In addition to 83.1% pass accuracy, he has 2.7 shots per target and gives 1 key pass every game. The likes of Suso and Ivan Rakitic will also play a key role in creating chances and have also surprised the opponent by scoring occasionally.
The Sevilla backline has the services of Navas, Kounde, Carlos and Acuna. Jesus Navas is a quality player who is exceptional in crosses, passes extremely well and occasionally assists the attack. He enjoys pass accuracy of 85.9% along with 2 assists and 1.1 interceptions per game.
Jules Kounde who joins him is strong in aerial duels and has 2 aerials won per match along with 93.3% pass success. In addition to this, he has 1 tackle, 1 interception and 2.5 clears in every outing so far.
Diego Carlos is the one who prevents the attack to get into the penalty box. He has 92.6% pass completion rate along with 2 clears, 1.7 tackles and 1.3 interceptions in the recent games. For
Chelsea, the combo of Marcos Alonso, Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta and Ben Chilwell will have to secure the defense to hold a clean sheet. Marcos Alonso has been exceptional in passing, aerial duels and controlling the possession. He has 1.7 tackles, 2.7 clears, 1.3 aerials and 82.4% success in completing passes.
Thiago Silva was criticized for his rusty performance against West Brom but showed drastic improvement against Crystal Palace. In the 2 games he has been part of, he managed 1.5 interception, 3 clears and 0.5 blocks per game along with 94.6% pass completion rate.
Ben Chilwell is an important signing for the team who has shown his versatility with his invaluable contribution. He has a goal and an assist in three games along with 83.1% pass success and 3 interceptions per game so far. He defends, he controls and scores for the team out of nowhere. Overall, the Chelsea line-up looks strong and settled on paper.
Chelsea vs Sevilla prediction and betting analysis:
The game between Chelsea and Sevilla will be played on 20th October in Stamford Bridge at 8 pm local time. Even though Chelsea has home advantage going into the clash, Sevilla are not going down without a tough fight. The betting platforms have also reflected the same opinion by giving better odds to Chelsea while the Europa League champions are not far behind. Overall, it will be a great game on a weekday.