An intriguing first ever European meeting awaits at the Stamford Bridge as Chelsea plays host to Europa League holders Sevilla in the first match of Group E.
Chelsea made it to the last-16 of last season’s competition, but they got schooled by eventual winners Bayern Munich who thrashed them 7-1 on aggregate.
Frank Lampard did well to Champions League experience to his squad this summer bringing in Thiago, who played in the finals, alongside Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to strengthen their young core that impressed in the Premier League with a top 4 finish.
Defence is still an issue however as underlined in the 3-3 collapse against Southampton at the weekend, with Southampton scoring all 3 of their goals after the 82nd minute of a game they trailed 3-0.
Sevilla, on the other hand, underlined their superiority on the European stage with by lifting the Europa League trophy for the fourth time in six years. They then proved they are capable of matching against the best holding Bayern Munich to 1-1 at full time of their Super Cup final, before eventually losing to an extra-time Bayern winner.
They are coming into this game on the back of a disappointing loss as coach Julen Lopetegui opted to rest some players for Saturday’s trip to Granada and that backfired on them spectacularly as they lost 1-0.
He should have his regular starters back for this game and they are more than capable of causing that Chelsea defence a lot of problems.
Despite the slip-up at the weekend, Sevilla are a very formidable side. They are hardworking and well organized and play as a unit. Julien Lopetegui has instilled a sense of belief and purpose in the team and they showcased this by winning the UEFA Europa League last season. They started the La Liga well with a couple of solid wins and a credible draw against Barcelona. They play especially well when they are up against the top teams. Chelsea, despite the world-class talents they acquired, are still not clicking as a team and they still look like a work in progress. Sevilla are used to the bright lights of the European stage and we fancy them to pick up a win or draw @ 1.91 with 1xBet as our first betting prediction for this game.
Despite their defensive struggles, Chelsea still have the firepower to match just about any team. New signings have started to gel with the team. Timo Werner looked like his former self at the weekend with a couple of goals and an assist for Kai Havertz’s goal. This certainly looks like it will be an entertaining affair in London and we are backing both teams to score @ 2.10 with 1xBet betting app as our final prediction for the game.
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