The closest thing we have to actual Premier League football these days is the FIFA 20 video game, but unlike the real thing, Chelsea have yet to excel at it. So far.
Neither César Azpilicueta nor Reece James could make much progress in the the #StayAndPlay Cup or the inaugural e-Premier League Invitational, respectively, with the latter getting rather embarrassed actually to the tune of 8-0 at the hands of Everton’s André Gomes in the opening round. And Mason Mount didn’t fare much better in a friendly game against good pal Declan Rice.
But no worries, Chelsea are rolling out the big guns for the second ePL Invitational, enlisting young Billy Gilmour this time. Billy G, who was barely a twinkle in his parents’ eye when this author was trying to get good at FIFA 94 or FIFA 98 RTWC, already showed his skills in the “Plan B” FIFA 20 tournament representing Scotland. He didn’t win the whole thing (Hoffenheim’s Moanes Dabour eviscerated the inaugural ePL Invitational’s first winner, Diogo Jota, 9-1), but at least he won a game! Baby steps.
Gilmour will take on Watford’s Andé Gray on Wednesday, with kick-off set for 18.00 BST. As before, games will be streamed live on the various social media channels of the Premier League.
Good luck, Billy G!
The draw, in full, for the second ever e-Premier League invitational is as follows:
Tuesday 5 May - Round 1
15:00 Spencer Owen (West Ham) v Ryan Sessegnon (Spurs)
16:00 Charlie Taylor (Burnley) v Arsenal
17:00 Rolando Aarons (Newcastle) v Jofra Archer (Man Utd)
18:00 James Maddison (Leicester) v Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth)
Wednesday 6 May - Last 16
15:00 Jose Enrique (Liverpool) v Keinan Davis (Aston Villa)
16:00 Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves) v Aaron Connolly (Brighton)
17:00 Tony Bellew (Everton) v Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
18:00 Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) v Andre Gray (Watford)
Thursday 7 May - Last 16*
Max Aarons (Norwich) v West Ham/Spurs
John Egan (Sheff Utd) v Newcastle/Man Utd
Phil Foden (Man City) v Burnley/Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Leicester/AFC Bournemouth