Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Despite the fact that coach Maurizio Sarri rested several first-team regulars in the first leg, Chelsea eventually defeated Slavia Prague at Sinobo Stadium. As a result, the Blues are with one foot in the Europa League semis, but they can’t afford any complacency in the return leg. It is well known that Chelsea have turned their Stamford Bridge into a real fortress and seeing that Slavia Prague need to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game, we are positive that the hosts will have a number of chances to score on the break.
The Czechs must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to London and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling the Blues’ party at Stamford Bridge. Olivier Giroud failed to find the net in the 1-0 win over Slavia in Prague, but the French international is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts in the second leg.
Highlighted Player (Eden Hazard):
After impressing during his six-year spell with Lille (2007-2012), Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea in June, 2012. The Belgian midfielder helped the Blues win the Premier League trophy in the 2014/2015 campaign and it has to be noted that he was named the Premier League Player of the Year back then.
Eden Hazard made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals with Belgium, but Argentina proved to be a big catch for the Red Devils in the last eight of the showpiece tournament in Brazil. Hazard scored one goal for Belgium at the Euro 2016 finals, while providing four assists for his teammates and no doubt he was the key player for Marc Wilmots’ team at the tournament in France.
Eden was born on 7 January, 1991 in La Louviere, Belgium and it is well known that his brother Thorgan Hazard is a professional football player as well. Eden Hazard is married to Natacha Van Honacker, who gave birth to their three children.
Highlighted Team (Slavia Prague):
Slavia Prague is considered one of the most famous teams in Czech Republic. The Cervenobili won the Czechoslovak First League on 13 occasions and they lifted their fourth Czech First League in 2017. Despite winning the domestic trophy in the 2016/2017 season, Slavia Prague eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages as they were beaten by APOEL of Cyprus in the play-offs. Sparta Prague are regarded as Slavia’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the Prague derby.
The club was founded on November 2, 1892 and it has to be noted that the club was initially focused on cycling. In March 1896 Slavia Prague recorded their first ever victory, with the team beating AC Prague 5-0. The Cervenobili play their home games at Eden Arena and the capacity of the venue is 19.084 (football). Slavia Prague are well known for their red and white shirts and white shorts.