The Sinobo Stadium is the venue for Thursday night’s clash between Czech side Slavia Prague and Chelsea in the Europa League quarter-finals. The Cervenobili have lost just once at home since August in all competitions. Can they keep that run going and take a decent result back to Stamford Bridge?
SK Slavia Prague vs Chelsea– Europa League Quarter-Final 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: Sinobo Stadium, Prague. Formerly known as the Eden Arena.
Date: 11 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Felix Zwayer from Germany
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch the game live on BT Sport 3. Live streaming is also available on the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the match.
Slavia Prague vs Chelsea – Current Form Guide
As mentioned, Slavia Prague, or Slavia Praha as some prefer, have lost just once at home since August so it won’t be easy for the away side. They’ve also scored 10 goals in their last two matches, albeit against average domestic opposition in Karvina and Dukla Prague. With that being said, they’ll be full of confidence heading into this one. If they can keep it tight for the first 20 minutes, who knows?
In contrast, Chelsea have hit a bit of form again since losing 2-0 away at Everton in the Premier League on St Patrick’s Day. They’ve not conceded in two either, which will give them the confidence of getting a good result in Prague. In fact, the Blues have won all but one of their Europa League matches this season. They drew the other 2-2 away at Vidi. The last team to beat them away from home in this competition? Rubin Kazan in 2013.
Let’s not forget, though, that Slavia Prague knocked Sevilla out in the previous round, so write them off at your peril.
Team News and Predicted Line-ups
Callum Hudson-Odoi is finally getting a run in the side and he’ll be pushing to start again on Thursday. He’ll be battling for a place with Pedro, who is probably the fitter of the two at the moment due to starting on the bench on Monday night. In all honesty, Sarri has plenty of options so it’s hard to predict what eleven he will choose.
Slavia Prague have a few players on a yellow, so they’ll be hoping they don’t pick up another booking in the first leg. Tomas Soucek is missing through suspension for the home side, but they’ll be at full strength apart from this.
Slavia Prague Predicted XI: Kolar, Kudela, Deli, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Masopust, Traore, Zrmhal, Kral, Boril, Stoch, Skoda.
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa, Zappacosta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Pedro, Willian, Giroud.
Latest Match Odds
The home side are clear underdogs on Thursday night at odds of 4/1. Chelsea are odds on with the bookmakers at 7/10, with the draw available to back at 27/10.
1-3. Slavia Prague have done so well to get to this stage, but I genuinely feel this is a step too far for them. Chelsea should have too much for them regardless of the intense atmosphere from the home fans. Slavia could score, but Chelsea should win this by a couple.
The bookies have over 2.5 goals priced up at 10/11, with the same price for unders. They’re not sure which way it will swing in terms of goals, but I think Chelsea could get a few if they manage to score early. I expect goals here, so over 2.5 goals is my pick for this match at odds of 10/11. Chelsea’s last six matches in this competition have seen over 2.5 goals land. It’ll probably be seven in seven after Thursday’s game.
Match Stats & Facts
- Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in five of their last seven Europa League Matches.
- Slavia Prague have scored at least two goals in their last three matches in this competition.
- The home side are unbeaten in their last five Europa League matches.
- Chelsea have won by at least three goals in each of their last three Europa League matches.
- Over 2.5 goals has landed in each of Chelsea’s last six matches in the Europa League.