Preview - Chelsea vs Slavia Prague 19 April 19

Started by Harry85, Apr 19, 2019, 12:28 AM

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Europa League Quarter Final
Chelsea vs. Slavia Prague
Friday, April 19th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
First Leg Score: Slavia Prague 0 - 1 Chelsea

Last five matches form: W W W W L
EL Average goals per match: 2.36
EL Average goals against per match: 0.36
EL Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (9)

Slavia Prague:
Last five matches form: D W W L D
EL Average goals per match: 1.27
EL Average goals against per match: 0.91
EL Top Scorer: Ibrahim Traore, Jaromir Zmrhal, Milan Skoda & Miroslav Stoch (2)

Chelsea did have the look of a side who were a cut above the vast majority of the opposition in this season's Europa League, and they have certainly played like it to date. The Blue's continued their serene progress with a success in Prague in the opening leg of this Quarter Final tie, and will be fully expecting o complete the job now back in font of their own fans. They did only win 1-0 in hat opening game though, so Slavia certainly aren't dead and buried just yet.

The hosts actually played pretty well in that first leg, coming out narrowly ahead in a few of the key statistics. Having not been able to find a way through the Chelsea rear-guard at home though, will they be able to do so now making the trip to London?

Chelsea do have a significant injury concern at the back, with Antonio RĂ¼diger set to miss out. Slavia Prague have a fully fit squad from which to select.

Both sides had slightly disappointing results at the weekend; Chelsea playing well, but ultimately losing to Liverpool, and Slavia being held to a draw in their big derby game with Sparta Prague.

Chelsea are unbeaten at home in their last 13 fixtures in this competition, stretching all the way back to the year 2000.They have won all five Europa League home games this season, conceding just once across those games.

It's been a mixed bag for Slavia away in this competition, with wins at FC Copenhagen and Genk, defeats to Zenit and Bordeaux and a draw in Sevilla.

That draw in Seville was probably Slavia's best performance of the season, but even a repeat of that result wouldn't be enough to see them, through here. This looks like a comfortable win for Chelsea.

Prediction: Chelsea 3 - 1 Slavia Prague

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