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Simulating then playing Chelsea’s next Premier League match on FIFA 18. Can the virtual Blues beat the virtual worst team in the league?

In this series, I will use FIFA 18 to simulate the next Chelsea FC match. Because it's a simulation, sometimes recent injuries or suspensions will not be taken into account.

Then I will grab the controller and see if I can do better than the computer with the difficulty on the highest level, because much like Chelsea FC, I occasionally like to make things difficult on myself for no reason whatsoever.


I've finally combined two of my greatest loves. Writing about Chelsea FC, and playing FIFA. Much like everything else in life, there is a Seinfeld episode that corresponds to what I'm experiencing. In season nine, episode four of the show, George combines two of his greatest loves, to disastrous results.

Hopefully, blogging and FIFA don't get mixed up in such an awkward way.

Computer Simulation:

The AI picked Chelsea’s standard 3-4-3 lineup: Courtois | Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Kanté, Bakayoko, Moses | Hazard, Morata, Pedro

(Ed. note: interestingly, Ruben Loftus-Cheek was allowed the play for Crystal Palace. Are loan rules not implemented in FIFA?)

After Morata missed a glorious early chance created by Hazard, Eden took matters into his own hands and gave Chelsea the lead. A rather ridiculous header from 18 yards out by Benteke (who won’t play in real life due to injury) leveled proceedings, and unfortunately that’s exactly how it would end as a late spell of pressure from Chelsea was not quite enough.

My shot at glory (with commentary):

Also started with 3-4-3, but with Batshuayi instead of the injured-in-real-life Morata. Since this video was made before the weekend, Kanté is yet uninjured.

(Ed. note: this is the one to watch, really; Josh is way better than the simulation! Also, he wins!)

Let us know what you think of this feature and FIFA 18 in general in the comments!