Frank Lampard’s Chelsea come into the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League hoping to break the duck of a round of 16 exit in the last four seasons.
They welcome Sevilla on Tuesday night, coming off a thrilling 3-3 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
Sevilla on the other hand were beaten 1-0 at Granada, leaving them in 10th place on the La Liga table with seven points from 4 games.
They would have qualified for the group stages of this season’s Champions League through their La Liga position, but they impressively beat Roma, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United in the latter stages of the Europa League before recording a 3-2 success over Inter in the final.
What time does Chelsea vs Sevilla start?
The game is set to kick off at 10 pm Kenyan time at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea vs Sevilla team news
The recovery of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech is great news for the Blues.
Edouard Mendy is unavailable so despite a horrific show by Kepa Arrizabalaga on the weekend, he might be called upon to start.
Lampard will need to be careful to rest some players ahead of a mouthwatering clash with Man United on the weekend.
Mason Mount will most likely start and up front it could be Olivier Giroud.
Jules Kounde is the only absentee through injury for the visitors with Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampos are set to return in the final third to offer that creative spark.
Chelsea vs Sevilla current form
Sevilla have not won a match since the first day of October when they beat Levante 1-0, drawing one and losing another since then.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last three matches, winning one and the remaining two resulting in draws.
Chelsea vs Sevilla prediction
This will be a tough match, especially with Chelsea’s home record against Spanish opposition in this competition.
Though I believe they can score goals and as long as they are good in defense on the night, they can grind out a win.