Chelsea vs. Barcelona
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 23, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
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Chelsea will play against FC Barcelona in a preseason friendly match.
FC Barcelona have had a busy off-season with the club being heavily involved in some big transfers. Antoine Griezemann has joined FC Barcelona and there are talks about Neymar also making a return to the Camp Nou. With big additions arriving at the club, these preseason games will be massive for the players to prove that they should remain in the team at the start of the season. This is the first preseason match for FC Barcelona so we may see some of the players being rusty. Key players like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, and Phillipe Coutinho will not be playing as they played at the Copa America and have been given an added break. That being said, the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Gerrard Pique and Malcom should all be in the squad.
On the other side of the coin, Chelsea have had a poor transfer window where they lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Blues have also replaced their managed with Frank Lampard arriving. Chelsea have already played 2 preseason friendlies with their previous match being against St Patrick’s Athletic. Chelsea won that match 4-0. Olivier Giroud looked in good touch as the French striker scored 2 goals. This season for Chelsea will be about transition and the team will be hoping to beat Barcelona in the preseason to ensure the team has some confidence.
This match between Chelsea and FC Barcelona is set to be played at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, Japan.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Chelsea to win this match. While FC Barcelona have a stronger team, they are missing most of their key players due to the Copa America. Furthermore, this is the team’s first game of the preseason so they are expected to be rusty. Chelsea have fewer players missing and the team has already played 2 games. With that in mind, Chelsea should beat FC Barcelona.