Chelsea vs Slavia Prague / Europa League – We had expected that the 1st leg end up with the least uncertainty but in fact Chelsea made the smallest advantages of all teams in the quarter-finals. The English won in Prague by 1-0 but all other matches were finished with two-goal difference. Still, Chelsea has the advantage although it lost league match at Anfield, while Slavia also failed to win the city derby played in the Czech championship.
Chelsea vs Slavia Prague begins 18.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Chelsea managed to win the first match with Slavia but that was expected, or more precisely they expected to win easily given difference in quality, however, the match ended as 1-0 thanks to M. Alonso who scored in the very finish of match. We should stress that E. Hazard, Kante and Loftus-Cheek started the match on the bench, and that D. Luiz and Higuain never came off the bench. All that was because of Sunday’s match with Liverpool and each player we just mentioned was a starter except Higuain. It didn’t help as they lost by 2-0 after receiving both goals at the beginning of second half. On top of it Rudiger got injured and will definitely not play today. A combined team will face Slavia again.
Probable lineups Chelsea: Arrizabalaga – Azpilicueta, Cahill, A. Christensen, M. Alonso – Kante, Kovacic, Barkley – Pedro, Giroud, Willian
Slavia lost the first leg with Chelsea but they played quite well against such strong team. It was another proof that they didn’t accidentally reached the quarter-finals, where their journey realistically stops. It would be too much to compensate those 1-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but they can play without any pressure as they have nothing to lose. In the meantime they played the city derby with Sparta and merely drew 1-1, although they are still the first in the table having five points more than Plzen. There are no injured players ahead of away match in London.
Probable lineups Slavia Prague: Kolar – Coufal, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril – Traore, Soucek, Kral – Stoch – Masopust, Olayinka
Chelsea vs Slavia Prague PICK
Chelsea has set foot in the semi-final door and will focus on the Premier League in the coming period, and will consequently send a combined team to face Slavia. Despite that the Blues should win without much problem, as it is hard to expect that Slavia has enough strength to make another sensation.
Pick: Asian handicap -1.5 Chelsea
Odds: 2.07 at bet365 (down to 1.97 can be played)
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