Preview - Slavia Prague vs Chelsea 12 April 19

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Europa League Quarter Final
Slavia Prague vs. Chelsea
Friday, April 12th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Sinobo Stadium

Slavia Prague: 
Last five matches form: W W D W W
EL Average goals per match: 1.40
EL Average goals against per match: 0.90
EL Top Scorer: Ibrahim Traore, Jaromir Zmrhal, Milan Skoda and Miroslav Stoch (2)

Last five matches form: W L W W W
EL Average goals per match: 2.50
EL Average goals against per match: 0.40
EL Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (9)

The Europa League quarter final tie with the biggest David vs Goliath feel about it sees Czech side Slavia Prague take on the might and millions of Chelsea. Chelsea are heavy favourites to qualify from this one, but Slavia will be hoping to at least make them work for it by picking up a positive result in this first leg in front of their own fans.

The paths of these two sides have never crossed over the course of their history, meaning this will be the first ever game between the teams.

No confirmed injuries headed into this game for either side, but Tomas Soucek of Slavia Prague does miss out through suspension.

Slavia are unbeaten in five at home in this competition so far, picking up wins against Bordeaux, Zenit and Sevilla and drawing with FC Copenhagen and Genk. They have kept a clean sheet in four of those five games. Their overall level of form headed into the game is pretty good too, with eight wins and no defeats from their past ten games in all competitions.

Chelsea have been rock solid in this competition, winning nine of their ten games to date, including four of five away from home, keeping a clean sheet in three of those games. Having also won their past two Premier League games without conceding, they are looking pretty well organised at present.

Slavia have been amongst the goals in their home games of late and probably have enough about them to cause Chelsea a few problems. Keeping Eden Hazard and co quiet at the other end will likely prove a tall order though. Score draw.

Prediction: Slavia Prague 2 - 2 Chelsea

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