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Chelsea travel to Czech Republic as they face Slavia Praha in the first leg of UEL quarterfinals

Just 72 hours after beating West Ham at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea travel to Prague, to take on Slavia Prague in the 1st leg of their Europa League quarter-finals. With the top four battle getting increasingly competitive as the weeks' pass, winning the Europa League looks like Chelsea’s best chance of entering the Champions League next season.

Chelsea travel to Prague on the back of three consecutive wins and will be hoping to end the host’s 10-game unbeaten run. With another decisive game coming up at the weekend, Sarri has insisted that he will rest a number of key players.

Slavia Prague are looking to reach their best finish in European competitions since the 1996 UEFA Cup semi-finals. Slavia Prague are unbeaten in their previous five home games, and an impressive home form will be essential against an in-form Chelsea team. The Cervenobili beat six-time winners, Sevilla 4-3 in extra-time in a memorable comeback to progress into this round, and Chelsea will have to be wary of their hosts.
  

TEAM NEWS:

Slavia Prague:

Tomas Soucek is the only absentee for this match after picking up a third yellow card in this competition. Five other Slavia players are one booking away from a suspension for the next match, and manager Jindrich Trpisovsky will have to take that into consideration.


Chelsea:

Maurizio Sarri will look to heavily rotate with an upcoming match against Liverpool this weekend. Chelsea can afford to rest most of their first team players as they have no injury problems to deal with, and have enough players to rotate their squad.


PROBABLE LINEUPS:

Slavia Prague(4-2-3-1):

Kolar; Kudela, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli, Boril; Kral, Zmrhal; Traore, Stoch, Masopust; Skoda


Chelsea(4-3-3):

Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Barkley; Willian, Giroud, Pedro


SCORE PREDICTION: Slavia Prague 1 – 3 Chelsea

Chelsea won’t have it easy against their hosts for the night and will have their work cut out for them, with Slavia looking to make something out of one of the most important games in the clubs history. But, Chelsea should have enough firepower to get an away win in Prague.
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