Slavia Prague vs Chelsea
Europa League, Europe
Date: Thursday, 11th April 2019
Kick off at: 20.00 UK Time
Venue: Sinobo Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic
Keen on going far in Europa League, Chelsea set to face a tricky test as they battle Slavia Prague. Playing away from home, The Blues are not shy in targeting a victory.
Slavia Prague vs Chelsea Possible Lineups
Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for this midweek Europa League clash. Let’s take a look at the potential lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them getting that victory.
Expected Formation: 4-2-3-1
Probable Lineups: Kolar(g);Coufal, Kudela, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Boril(def);Traore, Kral(mid);Zmrhal, Husbauer, Stoch(att mid); Skoda(att).
Expected Formation: 4-3-3
Probable Lineups: Kepa(g);Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson(def); Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley(mid); Willian, Giroud, Pedro(att).
Before heading into this Thursday, Europa League encounter, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWDWW
Following their success in eliminating Sevilla, Slavia have been on a good run. They won four games and drawing one out of their latest five fixtures in all competition.
Jindirch Tripisovsky’s side are in a confident mood ahead of their midweek clash against Chelsea. The Czech outfit won their last league fixture in a convincing fashion, trashing Dukla 5-1.
Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WLWWW
The Blues themselves seems to be experiencing a good trend in their recent games. Maurizio Sarri’s side were able to win four games and only losing one of them in their last five.
Chelsea also won three straight matches in Premier League, beating Cardiff, Brighton and West Ham. Those positive results should give them that beliefs in their ability to take on Slavia Prague.
The Red and Whites have some unavailable players ahead of their Thursday clash. Hromada along with Techl are out due to injuries, while Souce won’t be available because of suspension.
Slavaia set to count on Skoda in leading their front line for Trpisovsky’s side. The home side will also hope that their keeper, Kolar to have a good game this midweek.
There’s no major concern for Sarri’s team this midweek with almost all of their regular players available. There’s just a slight concern regarding Marcos Alonso’s fitness, but he could still be available.
The Blues will still rotate their squad so Olivier Giroud, Willian and Pedro should be starting. In midfield, Jorginho should remain as starter with Kovacic and Barkley both partnering the Italian international.
Head to Head Records:
The upcoming quarter finals tie will be their first official meeting in competitive fixtures.
The home team will give their best shot in taking down Chelsea, though it won’t be easy. Slavia are hoping that their home support can give the team that extra lift on Thursday.
Sarri’s side are also eager to take home a victory as it will make their job much easier in the second leg. Chelsea are favorite to win, but they must not underestimate their opponent.
Final Score: 1-2