Chelsea vs Slavia Praha Europa League Predictions

Europa League Quarter Final Chelsea vs Slavia Praha
Chelsea vs Slavia Praha Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 4-3.

The second legs of the Europa League conclude this coming week with Premier League Chelsea hosting Slavia Prague in a game that shouldn’t be a banana skin for the London club but after the tetchy first leg, never say never

Predictions

Again, this shouldn’t be a major issue for Chelsea seeing as they have the away goal from the first leg but an early Prague goal will put the cat amongst the pigeons, as the cliché goes.

Sandwiched between losses against Everton and Liverpool, Chelsea had a four game mini winning run against Cardiff, Brighton, West Ham and the first leg in Prague as they look to chase down another Europa League triumph.

Prague actually concluded their domestic season this past weekend with a draw away at rivals Sparta Prague which saw them clinch the Czech Fortuna Liga title.

Chelsea had to defeat Dynamo Kyiv in the last knockout round while Prague battled past Sevilla after extra time in one of the most exciting ties this season.

The hosts will be looking to carry on their unbeaten run in the Europa League having only drawn one game in the entire run in the competition so far.

Chelsea may be favourites for this game and while it may be a comfortable victory, it certainly won’t be a blow out. A 3-0 win would do them nicely and give them the opportunity to rest key players ahead of their top four run in.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Chelsea are clear favourites for this game so a home win carries little risk, with 3-0 to the Blues on 888sport at 13/2. Prague know that they’ll need to open up and attack from the off, leaving Chelsea with space in behind to take advantage and essentially score at will the longer the game goes on, with this one of the better bets from this game.

Olivier Giroud may not be the most prolific striker in the world but given the advantage that Chesea have, it’s likely that he’ll finally get a start and it’s also extremely likely that he will get in and amongst the goals, with him to score the opener rated at 18/5 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

Excluding the first leg of this tie, Chelsea and Prague have never faced one another in a competitive fixture before, with the 1-0 first leg in the Czech Republic being the first and only game so far.

Stats

  • Chelsea have only lost once at home in the league so far this season – against Claude Puel’s Leicester – and once in the FA Cup – to Manchester United – so the stats for Prague to get a win in South London look very, very slim.
  • Prague’s away from is solid with just two defeats and one draw in the league but with three defeats and one draw in all competitions on top of those, it doesn’t look as positive for them.
  • Prague haven’t gone into the second leg of a Europa League tie this season with the lead, drawing against both Genk and Sevilla. However, they did manage to beat both of those teams in the second leg so maybe that’s a positive they can hold on to.
  • Chelsea, on the other hand, have only conceded once at home in the Europa League all season and haven’t conceded at all in the competition since the first leg against Malmo.
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