Chelsea vs Sevilla: Champions League preview

Chelsea begin their Champions League camapign by hosting Spanish side Sevilla in Tuesday night’s group stage opener.

The Blues reached the last-16 of last season’s competition, where they were hammered 7-1 on aggregate by eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Frank Lampard has added some serious Champions League experience to his squad this summer, including Thiago Silva, who played in last year’s final for PSG.

Sevilla, meanwhile, qualified for this year’s compeition after winning the Europa League for a record sixth time last season.

Date, time and venue

Chelsea vs Sevilla is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Tuesday, October 20.

The match will be behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 3, with coverage starting from 19:15pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Team news

Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who has a thigh injury, so Lampard must decide whether to stick with under-fire Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal or bring in Willy Caballero.

Thiago Silva is available after missing Saturday’s draw with Southampton because of jet-lag, while Hakim Ziyech could play a fuller role after making his return from injury as a substitute against the Saints.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Sevilla

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are looking more and more settled after both opening their Premier League accounts at the weekend but Chelsea remain vulnerable at the back, particualrly with Mendy absent. Entertaining draw.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

This will be the first ever meeting between the sides, who have won the last two renewals of the Europa League between them. ​

Betting odds and tips

  • Chelsea to win: 11/10
  • Sevilla to win: 11/4
  • Draw: 3/1

Odds courtesy of Betfair Exchange. Click here to find out more.

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