Chelsea v Slavia Praha Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 18/04/19

Chelsea v Slavia Praha Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Chelsea v Slavia Prague and provides us with his best bets for Thursday nights Europa League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: -11.45pts

Chelsea v Slavia Prague Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 18/04/19
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Channel: BT Sport 3

Chelsea will be looking to make amends following their loss to Liverpool by returning to winning ways in their second-leg clash against Slavia Prague.

The Blues take a one goal lead heading into the return leg following Marco Alonso's late goal in Prague.

If Maurizio Sarri is to win a major honour in his first year at the club it will have to come in this competition.

The visitors felt aggrieved that they didn't walk away with a draw in the first-leg but they know that they can cause an upset in London.

Jindrich Tripisovsky's side will be looking to pounce on the unrest which has surrounded Chelsea in recent months.

The Czech league-leaders drew to city rivals Sparta last time out but maintain a healthy five point gap at the summit of the division.

Team News

Chelsea will be without defender Antonio Rudiger after he picked up an injury against Liverpool.

The visitors have Tomas Soucek back in contention as he returns from suspension which ruled him out last time.

Potential Chelsea Starting XI: Kepa, Alonso, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Barkley, Kovacic, Kante, Willian, Giroud, Pedro

Potential Slavia Prague Starting XI: Kolar, Coufal, Ngadjui, Deli, Boril, Kral, Soucek, Traore, Stoch, Olayinka, Masopust

Head To Head

  • Chelsea 1, Draws 0, Slavia Prague 0
  • The reverse leg was the first meeting between the two.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 Europa League matches.
  • The Blues have also won an impressive 13 of their last 14 Europa League matches.
  • Slavia Prague have won five of their last nine in the Europa League.

Betting Odds

  • Chelsea 4/11
  • Draw 43/10
  • Slavia Prague 10/1

The Verdict

Sarri will be eager his side don't slip up in front of their own fans and instead progress convincingly.

Olivier Giroud has been on fire in this competition this season and is the competition's leading goalscorer with nine.

While the visitors will fancy themselves to cause an upset, Chelsea know this is their only chance of silverware this season and will not want to lose this. After keeping a clean sheet in Prague, they'll be keen to repeat the feat at home.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Olivier Giroud anytime goalscorer – 5/4 (UniBet)
  • 2pts – Chelsea to win to nil – 11/10 (Coral)