Chelsea will be looking to secure their place in the semifinal as when they host Slavia Prague in the UEFA Europa League 2nd leg quarterfinal match at Stamford Bridge, in London, on Thursday night (IST).
What competition it is? UEFA Europa League, 2nd Leg (Chelsea lead 1-0)
Teams: Chelsea and Slavia Prague
Kick Off: Friday 19 April
Match Timing: 12:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Stamford Bridge (60,240)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Europa League matches in India. Matches can also be enjoyed on SonyLiv App.
Chelsea are fighting on two fronts to meet specific targets. One of the priority objectives of the season was to secure Champions League for the next season.
Maurizio Sarri had a two-way approach to meet that target; through the league standing or by winning the Europa League.
But after suffering a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, the Blues suffered a huge blow in their pursuit of the top-four. They are fifth on the table, level on points with Arsenal in fourth place. But Chelsea have played a game more than their direct rivals and are yet to travel to Old Trafford this season.
Chelsea can still sneak into the top-4 if the results go their way. But the best bet to win the qualification for the Champions League is by winning the Europa League.
Sarri’s team is in the driving seat having scored a precious away goal in Prague. However, the performance was from perfect as Slavia put the English team under a lot of pressure in the home tie.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Chelsea – L W W W W L
Slavia Prague – W W D L W L D
CHE vs SLPG Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Chelsea vs Slavia Prague Team News:
Injured – Antonio Rudiger suffered an injury against Liverpool at Anfield and will play no part in this match.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – No fresh injury concerns for the hosts ahead of this match.
Note: Manager Maurizio Sarri will make changes to the squad which fell to a 2-0 defeat at Anfield. Mr. Europa League for Chelsea this season Olivier Giroud will definitely start for Chelsea, having scored nine goals in the competition this season.
With Rudiger out, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are expected to start at the back, while Marcos Alonso is expected to start at left-back, replacing Emerson Palmieri in the starting 11. While Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi should be given the nod considering Willian and Hazard played for the full 90 minutes at Anfield.
Key Players – Olivier Giroud, Pedro, Willian
Injured – The visitors don’t have any fresh injury concerns.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Tomas Soucek returns from suspension for the away side. He will start in the midfield and could prove to be Jindřich Trpišovský’s only change to the side which started in the first leg.
Key Players – Stoch, Masopust, Olayinka
CHE vs SLPG Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Chelsea– Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK), Azpilicueta, Christensen, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Pedro, Giroud
Slavia Prague– Kolar GK), Coufal, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril, Traore, Soucek, Kral, Stoch, Masopust, Olayinka
CHE vs SLPG Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Chelsea are favorites to win the match.
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