Chelsea and Slavia Praha return to Europa League action on Thursday in the first of two legs in an intriguing Europa League tie.
Czech side Slavia Praha have fought their way through the competition in the Europa League, and find themselves in the quarterfinals of a major European competition. Slavia Praha has defied the odds a number of times already this tournament. Last round, Slavia Praha was able to beat Sevilla over two legs in their last round, and will be filled with confidence heading into their first leg match against Chelsea. This is a side who is on top of their domestic league, and is used to winning. Expect a strong home performance from a motivated side playing their biggest game of their season.
Slavia Praha is in great form heading into their Europa League match against Chelsea, going 5-1-0 in their last six matches. The Czech side will be at home for the first leg, a place where they have gone undefeated in the Europa League so far. With a 3-2-0 home record, Slavia Praha will want to get a result in the first of two legs against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Slavia Praha Europa League Form
|14.03.2019||WIN||Slavia Praha v Sevilla||4 – 3 (HT 1 – 1)||Round of 16 Leg 2 of 2|
|07.03.2019||DRAW||Sevilla v Olympiacos||2 – 2 (HT 2 – 2)||Round of 16 Leg 1 of 2|
|21.02.2019||WIN||Genk v Slavia Praha||1 – 4 (HT 1 – 1)||Round of 32 Leg 2 of 2|
|14.02.2019||DRAW||Slavia Praha v Genk||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)||Round of 32 Leg 1 of 2|
|13.12.2018||WIN||Slavia Praha v Zenit||2 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)||Group Stage 6 of 6|
Chelsea were able to pull a favorable draw in the quarterfinals, matching up with Czech side Slavia Praha. The Blues have had a smooth ride in the Europa League so far, and at times it has appeared the the Europa League squad chosen by manager Maurizio Sarri has been his most dangerous side. Young players like Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have been chosen for eight of ten Europa League matches for Chelsea, and have both thrived in the competition. The pair is responsible for seven goals and four assists in the Europa League so far and will be looking for even more on Thursday. Sarri has made it clear that Olivier Giroud is his Europa League striker, and the Frenchman has produced in a big way. Giroud has a Europa leading nine goals so far in the tournament. Look for Giroud to have a big impact on Thursday’s game, as his size and experience will play a big factor in the first leg of Chelsea’s Europa League quarterfinal tie.
Chelsea is in fairly good form ahead of their Europa League match against Slavia Praha. The Blues have won their last three matches, and have a 4-1-1 record in the last six matches. Chelsea will have to play on the road in the first leg, but this hasn’t been a problem so far. Chelsea is undefeated in their five away games in the Europa League so far, going 4-1-0, recording three clean sheets in these games.
Chelsea Europa League Form
|14.03.2019||WIN||Dynamo Kyiv v Chelsea||0 – 5 (HT 0 – 3)||Round of 16 Leg 2 of 2|
|07.03.2019||WIN||Chelsea v Dynamo Kyiv||3 – 0 (HT 1 – 0)||Round of 16 Leg 1 of 2|
|21.02.2019||WIN||Chelsea v Malmo||3 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)||Round of 32 Leg 2 of 2|
|14.02.2019||WIN||Malmo v Chelsea||1 – 2 (HT 0 – 1)||Round of 32 Leg 1 of 2|
|13.12.2018||DRAW||Vidi v Chelsea||2 – 2 (HT 1 – 1)||Group Stage 6 of 6|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 09:30 GMT 11/04/2019
- Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is leading the Europa League in scoring with nine goals
- Slavia Praha are undefeated in their last 10 matches across all competitions
- Chelsea have won three matches in a row
Our Verdict and Best Bets
Chelsea and Slavia Praha clash in Prague on Thursday, and this one could get interesting. Chelsea have been in good form lately, but will be challenged by a physical and confident Slavia Praha side. While Chelsea is currently in the top four in the Premier League, they still have not locked up Champions League soccer for next season. That being said, this tournament could be Chelsea’s ticket to Champions League qualifications. Look for the blues to play their strongest side in the first leg, as the occasion is just to big to take any chances. We are predicting a Chelsea win, but not by much. A spread bet on Slavia Praha (+1.5) looks like a decent wager, as the Czech side has not lost by more than one goal at home in over seven months.