Chelsea face Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan with both teams battling it out for top spot in Group E with both teams tied on 10 points and nine clear of Rennes and Krasnodar.
The Blues know all about the luck of the draw if you fail to win your group, with Frank Lampard’s side eliminated last season in the last 16 by eventual champions Bayern Munich. The Blues were held by Tottenham last Sunday, and face Leeds United this weekend, but their substantial squad should allow them to cope with the schedule, which has upset many managers across the Premier League, including Jurgen Klopp.
Follow all the live updates, analysis and reaction from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on a big night of European football:
Sevilla XI: Vaclík, Sergi Gómez, Rekik, Gudelj, Rakitić, Óscar Rodríguez, En-Nesyri, Jesús Navas, Diego Carlos, Vázquez, Idrissi
Chelsea XI: Mendy, Rüdiger, Christensen, Jorginho, Pulišić, Kovačić, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Azpilicueta, Havertz, Emerson
The Blues are two points off top spot in the league and are through to the last 16 in Europe
What’s to play for?
Both Sevilla and Chelsea have already qualified to the knockout stages and tonight’s game is likely to decide who will top Group E.
As it stands both teams have 10 points with Chelsea having the better goal difference. A win for either team will put them in pole position for a better draw in the knockout stages but the final group positions won’t be decided tonight.
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Bono has tested positive for Covid-19, so Tomas Vaclik will be in goal, Karim Rekik will replace the injured Sergio Escudero at left-back, while Suso could miss this one with a knock. Lucas Ocampos and Luuk De Jong are also injury doubts.
Christian Pulisic made his return from injury against Spurs on Sunday, but this game could be too soon for a start. Kai Havertz is in a similar situation, but could come back into the line-up. Cesar Azpilicueta is likely to get another start, though it is unclear whether it will be at right-back in place of Reece James, or at left-back to hand Ben Chilwell a rest, given the England international’s injuries this season.
Olivier Giroud scored the winner at Rennes and is in need of minutes to persuade him to stay at Chelsea beyond January, while Frank Lampard will have to decide whether Thiago Silva can play two games in four days here or whether to rest the Brazilian to face Leeds this weekend.