Match Previews

country flag Champions League Round Grp E (5)
Wed 02 December 2020 20:00
Referee
Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Weather at KO
weather icon Mostly Cloudy  13oC | Precip: 0% (0 in) | Wind 3.2 mph
Travel Info
3 hours plane
Distance
1,637 KM
Venue
No Fans

Sevilla

Last updated: Thu 03 December 2020 10:58
In Brief

Currently in best run of form of the season with five victories. Missing the injured Sergi Escudero, Marcos Acuna and Suso. Injury doubts over Lucas Ocampos and Luuk de Jong. Missing Bono and Carlos Fernandez due to COVID-19.

Looking Back

A hard-fought 1-0 win over Huesca at the weekend made it five wins in a row across all competitions for Sevilla. This makes this their best run of form of the season.

Looking Ahead

Starting goalkeeper Bono is out due to COVID-19. Can be replaced by Tomas Vaclik.

Backup centre-forward Carlos Fernandez is out due to COVID-19.

Starting left-back Sergi Escudero is out injured and backup left-back Marcos Acuna is out injured. Centre-back Karim Rekik could fill in, as he did in the weekend's game.

Backup wide forward Suso is out injured.

Starting forwards Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampos are both injury doubts. Can be replaced by Oscar Rodriguez and Youssef En-Nesyri if needed.

Points of Interest

Sevilla will have had one extra day of rest since they were last in action on Saturday and Chelsea were last in action on Sunday.

Manager Comments

Coach Julen Lopetegui has said he won't announce his squad until the day of the game because of the doubts over Lucas Ocampos and Luuk de Jong.

Chelsea

Last updated: Thu 03 December 2020 10:58
In Brief

Both teams through to knockouts, this direct clash for top spot. Kept 7 clean sheets in last 9 games. Manager enjoying clean bill of health.

Looking Back

Chelsea qualified for knockouts last week and this game is merely direct battle for top spot in group. Only points Blues dropped so far in this group in 0:0 home draw vs. Sevilla.

Another 0:0 draw registered on Sunday in Premier League when Chelsea failed to beat Tottenham. This was seventh clean sheet in last 9 games though, with Blues conceding just 1 goal in 4 Champions League matches so far.

Looking Ahead

Coach Lampard has fully fit squad and he’s expected to rotate. Left on bench at weekend Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Jorginho and Havertz likely starters now.

Also after several weeks out Pulisic could be trusted from the off in attempt to build his match sharpness.

Manager Comments

"Yes, we will look at making changes to the side and I’ll have to do that for different reasons. Some players have been playing a lot and it’s been a hectic schedule and will be a busy period over the next few weeks."

Doubtful (chance of availability) Rested
  • ---
Suspended
  • ---
Unavailable
  • ---
Doubtful (chance of availability)
  • ---
Rested
  • ---

Chelsea

Last updated: Thu 03 December 2020 10:58
In Brief

Both teams through to knockouts, this direct clash for top spot. Kept 7 clean sheets in last 9 games. Manager enjoying clean bill of health.

Looking Back

Chelsea qualified for knockouts last week and this game is merely direct battle for top spot in group. Only points Blues dropped so far in this group in 0:0 home draw vs. Sevilla.

Another 0:0 draw registered on Sunday in Premier League when Chelsea failed to beat Tottenham. This was seventh clean sheet in last 9 games though, with Blues conceding just 1 goal in 4 Champions League matches so far.

Looking Ahead

Coach Lampard has fully fit squad and he’s expected to rotate. Left on bench at weekend Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Jorginho and Havertz likely starters now.

Also after several weeks out Pulisic could be trusted from the off in attempt to build his match sharpness.

Manager Comments

"Yes, we will look at making changes to the side and I’ll have to do that for different reasons. Some players have been playing a lot and it’s been a hectic schedule and will be a busy period over the next few weeks."

Suspended
  • ---
Unavailable
  • ---
Doubtful (chance of availability)
  • ---
Rested
  • ---

Key

Key players
Regular players
Support players
75% - Chance of availability
Artificial Pitch
Universal Player Grid
Squad Confirmed
Played in Cup fixture
New Information

Team Strength*

Excellent
Good
Satisfactory
Just Adequate
Poor
*Based on Available Players