Chelsea will play against FC Barcelona in a friendly preseason game.
FC Barcelona had an off-season off-season with the club which was heavily involved in some big transfers. Antoine Griezemann has joined FC Barcelona and there is also talk of Neymar returning to the Camp Nou. With big additions coming to the club, these preseason games will be huge for the players to show they should stay in the team at the start of the season. This is the first preseason game for FC Barcelona, so we could see some players being rusty. Key players like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho will not play as they played at Copa America and have had an additional break. Having said that, Ivan Rakitic, Gerrard Pique and Malcom should all be in the team.
On the other side of the coin, Chelsea had a bad transfer window where they lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. The Blues have also replaced their managed with Frank Lampard on the way. Chelsea have already played 2 preseason friendlies with their previous match against St Patrick's Athletic. Chelsea won that match 4-0. Olivier Giroud looked with a good touch while the French striker scored 2 goals. This season for Chelsea will cover the transition and the team hopes to beat Barcelona in the preseason to make sure the team has confidence.
This match between Chelsea and FC Barcelona is scheduled for Saitama Stadium in Saitama, Japan.
Taking everything into consideration, I will choose Chelsea to win this game. While FC Barcelona has a stronger team, most key players are missing because of the Copa America. Also, this is the first game of the team's preseason, so they should be rusted. Chelsea have fewer missing players and the team has already played 2 games. With this in mind, Chelsea should beat FC Barcelona.