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    Chelsea to edge Slavia Praha in Europa League quarterfinal first leg

    10 April 2019 | Europa League | Preview
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    Chelsea to edge Slavia Praha in Europa League quarterfinal first leg
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    Chelsea head to the Czech Republic seeking a first leg advantage in their Europa League quarterfinal against Slavia Praha.

    The Blues are one of the favourites to win the tournament according to leading sportsbooks. Can Maurizio Sarri’s side continue their Europa League form against the Europa League’s surprise team?

    Slavia Praha have been the surprise package in the Europa League. They finished second in Group C behind Zenit St. Petersburg with 10 points from 18. Slavia Praha then overcame Belgian club Genk in the last 32 before topping Spain’s Sevilla in the most exciting tie of the last 16. Slavia Praha gained an away draw before taking Sevilla to extra-time and winning in dramatic fashion, 4-3, at home in the second leg.

    Chelsea won’t be as open at the back as Sevilla were in the previous round. Sarri’s side has conceded a mere three goals in the tournament thus far. Chelsea have allowed just one score in the knockout stages. That goal was conceded against Malmo in the last 32.

    Striker Olivier Giroud has been stellar in the Europa League scoring nine goals. Although he has tallied just two goals in the Premier League, Giroud has got an extended run in the starting XI. It has allowed Giroud to once again show his high-quality goalscoring ability.

    Sarri will most likely rotate his squad following Chelsea’s 2-0 win on Monday night against West Ham. Eden Hazard scored twice in the match, but it is unlikely he will play against Slavia. Hazard has played less than 30 minutes during Chelsea’s Europa League campaign.

    Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso has been struggling with a hamstring injury, but could return for the fixture. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in good form but also suffering from a knock. He is expected to play while Ross Barkley may miss out due to a back problem.

    Slavia Praha manager Jindrich Trpisovsky doesn’t have any new injury issues going into the fixture.

    Slavia Praha are undefeated in their last six Czech league games and they have kept three clean sheets during that run. Slavia Praha won 5-1 at the weekend against city rivals Dukla Praha in the build-up to Thursday night.

    Although Slavia Praha have played well in the tournament thus far, the Czech side hasn’t played a team of Chelsea’s quality. Sarri has the ability to bring a number of stars into the team despite knocks to some of his players. With Giroud scoring goals galore in the tournament, Chelsea will get a big win in the first leg away from home. Over 2.5 goals should fly into the back of the net as the Blues take the advantage.

    Predictions for Europa League

    Home team - Away team Forebet
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    Sevilla FCKarabakh Agdam
    28/11/2019 21:00
    1
    flag_14 UEL
    F91 DudelangeAPOEL FC
    28/11/2019 21:00
    2
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    Malmö FFDynamo Kiev
    28/11/2019 21:00
    2
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    FC LuganoFC København
    28/11/2019 21:00
    2

    Europa League - predictions, tips, statistics
    Group A
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Sevilla FC 15 5 5 0 0 14 2 12
    2. APOEL FC 7 5 2 1 2 9 8 1
    3. Karabakh Agdam 4 5 1 1 3 7 10 -3
    4. F91 Dudelange 3 5 1 0 4 7 17 -10
    Group B
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. FC København 9 5 2 3 0 5 3 2
    2. Malmö FF 8 5 2 2 1 7 6 1
    3. Dynamo Kiev 6 5 1 3 1 6 6 0
    4. FC Lugano 2 5 0 2 3 1 4 -3
    Group C
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. FC Basel 10 5 3 1 1 10 4 6
    2. Getafe CF 9 5 3 0 2 5 4 1
    3. FK Krasnodar 9 5 3 0 2 7 8 -1
    4. Trabzonspor 1 5 0 1 4 3 9 -6
    Group D
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Sporting CP 12 5 4 0 1 11 4 7
    2. LASK Linz 10 5 3 1 1 8 4 4
    3. PSV Eindhoven 7 5 2 1 2 8 11 -3
    4. Rosenborg BK 0 5 0 0 5 2 10 -8
    Group E
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Celtic FC 13 5 4 1 0 10 4 6
    2. CFR Cluj 9 5 3 0 2 4 4 0
    3. Lazio 6 5 2 0 3 6 7 -1
    4. Stade Rennais 1 5 0 1 4 3 8 -5
    Group F
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Arsenal 10 5 3 1 1 12 5 7
    2. Eintracht Frankfurt 9 5 3 0 2 6 7 -1
    3. Standard Liège 7 5 2 1 2 6 8 -2
    4. Vitória Guimarães 2 5 0 2 3 4 8 -4
    Group G
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Rangers FC 8 5 2 2 1 7 5 2
    2. BSC Young Boys 7 5 2 1 2 7 6 1
    3. FC Porto 7 5 2 1 2 5 7 -2
    4. Feyenoord 5 5 1 2 2 5 6 -1
    Group H
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. RCD Espanyol 11 5 3 2 0 12 3 9
    2. Ludogorets 7 5 2 1 2 9 9 0
    3. Ferencvaros TC 6 5 1 3 1 4 6 -2
    4. CSKA Moscow 2 5 0 2 3 2 9 -7
    Group I
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. KAA Gent 9 5 2 3 0 9 6 3
    2. VfL Wolfsburg 8 5 2 2 1 8 7 1
    3. AS Saint-Étienne 4 5 0 4 1 6 7 -1
    4. PFK Aleksandriya 3 5 0 3 2 5 8 -3
    Group J
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. AS Roma 8 5 2 2 1 10 4 6
    2. Mönchengladbach 8 5 2 2 1 5 7 -2
    3. Istanbul Basaksehir 7 5 2 1 2 5 8 -3
    4. Wolfsberger AC 4 5 1 1 3 5 6 -1
    Group K
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Sporting Braga 11 5 3 2 0 11 7 4
    2. Wolverhampton 10 5 3 1 1 7 5 2
    3. Slovan Bratislava 4 5 1 1 3 8 9 -1
    4. Besiktas JK 3 5 1 0 4 6 11 -5
    Group L
    OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
    1. Manchester United 10 5 3 1 1 6 2 4
    2. AZ Alkmaar 9 5 2 3 0 15 4 11
    3. FK Partizan 5 5 1 2 2 6 9 -3
    4. FC Astana 3 5 1 0 4 3 15 -12

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