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FIFA 18 predicts Chelsea vs. AS Roma

Simulating and playing Chelsea’s next Champions League match on FIFA 18. Can the virtual Blues beat virtual Roma?

In this series, I will use FIFA 18 to simulate as well as play the next Chelsea FC match -- 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.

This is the second post in the series, and based on interest and feedback from the first post, we’ve flipped the order of the videos, since the actual play-through with commentary is probably more interesting than just the game itself simulating the match-up.

The Champions League is back, so let’s see what FIFA 18 thinks will happen when Roma come to Stamford Bridge.

My shot at glory (with commentary):

Started in the standard 3-4-3 with Cesc taking the place of the injured N’Golo Kante and Zappacosta taking the place of the injured Victor Moses. I made the assumption that Morata would start

NB: at one point I said Willian instead of Moses when talking injuries.

While last week real-life Chelsea were unable to reproduce my win over Crystal Palace, let’s hope this week real-life Chelsea do one better than my 1-1 draw with Roma. Eden Hazard’s header got us off to a good start, but a second-half equalizer from Radja Nainggolan and a tremendous save from Alisson gave Roma the share of the virtual points — though not before Alonso pulled off a goal-line stop a la Ashley Cole.

In the video, I also talk a bit about Chelsea’s injury situation, Conte’s midfield conundrum, being average at FIFA 18, and taking Gary Cahill on a dribble from one box to the other.

Last week’s playthrough unfortunately was not matched by the real life Chelsea.

Computer Simulation:

I altered the AI lineup to Chelsea’s injured version of the 3-4-3:
Courtois | Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Zappacosta | Hazard, Morata, Pedro

Interestingly, Chelsea also take the lead through an early Eden Hazard goal in this one, but then Radja Nainggolan — again, the same player as in the play-through — equalizes before half-time. Chelsea then take the lead again with a Morata goal but give a late-late equalizer to Manolas. So another draw.

Let’s hope real-Chelsea do better.

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

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