Chelsea face Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday evening, following with the Blues’ success in the Champions League and Unai Emery’s side winning the Europa League.
Chelsea have failed to lift the UEFA Super Cup trophy in their last three attempts, missing out in 2012, 2013 and 2019, with the Blues hoping that on this occasion they will be successful for the second time in the club’s history.
The Blues feature in this year’s UEFA Super Cup following their 1-0 win against Manchester City in the 2021 Champions League final, with Kai Havertz scoring the only goal of the game as Thomas Tuchel’s side lifted their second Champions League title.
Villarreal won their first Europa League final after beating Manchester United on penalties, as Unai Emery won his fourth Europa League title, after winning it on three consecutive occasions with Sevilla in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
So, what line-ups will both teams select for the UEFA Super Cup final? And, what could the final score be?
We used FIFA 21 to get a score prediction for Chelsea v Villarreal on Wednesday and this is what happened…
Chelsea v Villarreal score predicted by FIFA 21 simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 21, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
As FIFA 22 is yet to be released with updated kits and transfers, we used the in-game club transfer system in FIFA 21 to update Chelsea’s and Villarreal’s squads with the latest transfers made as of August 10, 2021, but unfortunately, the kits are still from last season.
We predict that Chelsea could set up in a 3-4-2-1 formation, with their line-up as follows: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Kante, Alonso; Ziyech, Havertz; Werner.
As for Villarreal, we predict that the Yellow Submarine could set up in a 4-4-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Mandi, Moreno; Pino, Morlanes, Trigueros, Pedraza; Nino, Moreno.
Etienne Capoue, Francis Coquelin, Geronimo Rulli and Vicente Iborra all miss the UEFA Super Cup final due to Covid restrictions placing them in quarantine, whilst Samuel Chukwueze and Daniel Parejo are doubtful after picking up knocks in pre-season.
As for Chelsea, England trio Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell and Reece James only returned to training recently meaning they are doubtful for the game, with Jorginho still on holiday after Italy’s Euro 2020 success.
Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta are slight doubts for the game, yet the Spaniard is expected to pass a late fitness test.
Villarreal flew out of the blocks, putting Chelsea under a lot of pressure in the opening exchanges, with the first goal of the game coming after just three minutes for Emery’s side.
Alberto Moreno won his side a corner, with Trigueros whipping the ball in for Nino to fire in a powerful header at the near post, catching Mendy out in the Chelsea goal.
Chelsea struggled to come back with any real threat in the first-half, with the best chance for the Blues falling to Timo Werner after some nice build-up play from both Havertz and Ziyech.
The second-half would prove more fruitful for Tuchel’s side as Werner scored an equaliser for the Blues just six minutes after the break.
The German picked the ball up just inside the Villarreal half, driving forward at the defence, playing a neat one-two with Havertz before the striker smashed the ball into the top corner past Asenjo.
Werner’s confidence continued to grow after his equaliser, with the German scoring another goal just two minutes later to put the Blues ahead.
This time Werner did all the work himself, driving from the halfway line on the counter-attack, committing Albiol and Foyth into silly tackles as the German danced his way into the penalty box and calmly slotted the ball into the top right corner to make it 2-1.
Werner completed his hat-trick on the hour mark, as Ziyech slid the ball through the Villarreal defence into Werner’s path with the striker placing the ball around Asenjo to score his third goal within nine minutes.
A shell-shocked Villarreal side failed to find their way back into the game, with Chelsea’s quality proving too much for them in the end after a superb start, as the Blues went on to lift the UEFA Super Cup trophy in the virtual world.
FIFA 21 predicted final score: Chelsea 3-1 Villarreal
Here are the full-time match stats.
FIFA 21 predicts that Chelsea may start slowly in the Super Cup final, falling behind to an early Villarreal goal before settling down and showing their quality and class in the second-half to go on and lift the trophy.
What do you think the score will be between Chelsea and Villarreal tomorrow evening? Let us know in the comments!
The next game in EA Sports’ FIFA series, FIFA 22, will be released in the UK and worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021.