Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when Sevilla and Chelsea face each other in the Champions League Group E derby. Los Sevillanos secured their place in the last 16 thanks to a 2-1 win over Krasnodar, and they are now on a quest to secure top position in the standings. The La Liga side did well to beat Huesca in their last league match, with the team extending their winning run to five games. The good news for the hosts is that Jesus Navas returns to the starting XI after serving his ban against Krasnodar.
The Blues, on the other hand, recorded six wins in the previous seven games in all competitions. Frank Lampard's men head into Wednesday’s showdown following a goalless draw with Tottenham in the North London derby, and they should be happy with one point from the Sevilla game as well. Christian Pulisic has recovered from his injury, meaning that Lampard is likely to field the best possible side against Sevilla.
Highlighted Player (Luuk de Jong):
The 26-year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong is considered one of Europe’s deadliest strikers with his incredible return of goals in games he spends playing. Luuk de Jong began his football career at De Graafschap in 2008, but moved on to Twente only a year later.
The tally of 39 goals in 76 league appearances earned him a transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach, but his spell in Germany ended in disappointment. Bundesliga club attempted to revive his career by sending him out on loan to Newcastle United but his stint with the English club yielded even more disappointment and concluded in utter disaster with De Jong playing 12 games without scoring a single goal for the Magpies.
A return to Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven turned out to be a proper hit for the 26-year-old striker who has restored his scoring touch with more than 50 goals for the Boeren after less than 90 games.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.