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.
The Premier League is back after a midweek Champions League clash, so let’s see what FIFA 18 thinks will happen when Watford come to Stamford Bridge.
My shot at glory (with commentary):
I decided to throw out the typical formation, with Cesc taking the place of the injured N’Golo Kante and Zappacosta taking the place of the injured Victor Moses. Despite Bakayoko and Luiz both having a shot at playing, I decided against playing them and instead put Rüdiger and Christensen in their places. A beleaguered Chelsea lineup, and it showed in key ways.
Real Chelsea have been lackluster, and in this game they were just as bad. A 2-0 loss at home to Watford is bad, no matter how rough the injuries are. Watford showed that they were indeed a fourth place side in FIFA, we’ll just see how they do in real life.
In the video, I also talk more about Chelsea’s terrible injury situation, and the fun time that the Champions League has been so far. Then I just get sad because I thought that this was an anomaly and Watford beating Chelsea with this lineup was just me sucking at FIFA, but the simulation redeemed my feelings a bit.
I altered the AI lineup to Chelsea’s now injured beyond recognition lineup.
Courtois | Cahill, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta | Alonso, Fabregas, Christensen, Zappacosta | Hazard, Morata, Pedro
The simulation was almost as bad. Chelsea went down 2-0 and scored an 84th minute goal from Pedro to grab some dignity before time runs out. Losing 2-1 to Watford at the Bridge.
For our sanity, let’s hope FIFA is just as garbage at picking results as I am (and ignore that it correctly predicted a draw against AS Roma...)
Let us know what you think of this feature and FIFA 18 in general in the comments!