Chelsea will take on Slavia Praha in their UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, the first leg is on Thursday.
London club will travel to the Czech Republic for the first leg before they host their opponents next week.
Slavia Praha, on the other hand, won their last league game by 5-1. They are in a good form coming into this fixture.
Slavia – WWDWW
Czech side knocked out Spanish side Sevilla in the last round by the aggregate score of 6-5. They have been in good goal-scoring form. Czech league leaders have scored 30 goals in their last nine games in all competitions. 6 of those came against Sevilla.
Chelsea – WLWWW
Chelsea has been inconsistent with their performances in the past couple of months. But, they are coming into this fixture as favourites to progress to next round. They also have some string of wins behind them. Since their defeat to Everton, they have won all of their three fixtures.
For the Czech side Tomas Soucek won’t be available due to suspension.
Maurizio Sarri has no injury concerns of his own. Although Alonso had a knock, he has recovered and is fit to play against Slavia.
Kolar; Kudela, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Deli; Coufal, Traore, Husbauer, Kral, Boril; Stoch, Skoda.
Kepa; Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic, Barkley; Pedro, Giroud, Willian.
Sinobo Stadium, Slavia
Slavia has been really strong this term. They are on the top of their league by 7 points and by knocking out Sevilla has shown their potential to upset big teams.
Chelsea will play their second-choice team with an important Liverpool game just three days later. But their starting line-up will still be good enough to get a win against their Czech opponents.
We are expecting the game will end as a draw with goals. Probably 2-2.