Chelsea travel to Prague in the Czech Republic, looking to take an advantage back to Stamford Bridge in their Europa League Quarter final.
They are taking on Slavia Prague at the ‘Eden arena’. Yes- the Eden arena!
The question is, will Eden play in the Eden arena? Probably won’t start as he played against West Ham on Monday night. Also with Liverpool in mind- I won’t be surprised if we don’t see Hazard at all on Thursday.
Chelsea come into this game on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win against West Ham on Monday night.
This is a vital win for Chelsea- can they make it a good one with a win in Prague, and a positive result at Anfield on the weekend.
Slavia Prague come into this Europa League Quarter final on the back of their amazing and shock victory against Sevilla in the last 16.
They will be excited to cause another upset when Chelsea come to town on Thursday.
Slavia come into this game on their back of their thumping 5-1 win away at Dukla in the Czech league.
Recent form in all competitions for both teams
Slavia Prague- W/W/D/W/W
This game is being shown on BT Sport 3 and 3HD in the UK on Thursday, with kick off being at 8pm (UK time).
Predicted starting line ups/ team news
Expect a very similar team to the team that knocked out Sevilla
Predicted starting eleven; (4-2-3-1)- Kolar; Kudela, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Borli; Soucek, Kral; Masopust, Traore, Stoch; Skoda
Expect alot of rotation from Sarri, as they look ahead to Liverpool on the weekend
Predicted starting eleven: (4-3-3)- Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley; Willian, Pedro, Giroud.
Head to Head record
This is the first meeting between the two clubs, when they meet on Thursday!
Betting Odds/Match Predictions
Sky Bet have made Chelsea clear favourites to come out on top in the first leg of this tie in Prague, with a Chelsea away win in the first leg being priced at 4/6. A draw between these two clubs in the first leg is being priced at 11/4. And a shock Slavia Prague 1st leg win is being priced at 4/1.
My realistic prediction as a journalist for this game is a tight 2-1 victory to Chelsea. I think the fact that we say alot of rotation- may make this game a tough one to get through.
My optimistic prediction as a Chelsea fan for this game is a 3-0 Chelsea win. Even though their is alot of rotation expected from Sarri, I’m expecting the eleven that is picked on Thursday to have enough quality to go and get a job done, and essentially kill the tie off!
However we have to be wary of them, as they did knock of Europa League specialists- Sevilla in the last round!
Comment down below what starting eleven you want to see on Thursday. Also what are your score predictions for this first league in the Czech Republic?
By Danyal Khan