Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Both teams have been on fine form as of late, with Slavia Prague leading their domestic Czech First League. Meanwhile, Chelsea settle comfortably into third position in the Premier League following a trio of wins and a dominating victory over their last Europa League opponents Dyn. Kyiv. They won that contest with a comprehensive 8-0 aggregate score.
Slavia Prague didn’t have quite as easy a time getting here, finally besting Sevilla on penalties. Although, that doesn’t mean that their efforts should go unnoticed. After all, this is a great example of what the Europa League should be all about: two high-quality sides who would never normally face off creating an intriguing and, we hope, exciting match-up.
Slavia Prague vs Chelsea Prediction: Slavia Prague 0-2 Chelsea
If you were to just look at the recent win and loss records of each of these teams, you would probably come to the conclusion that Slavia Prague would be likely to take this one. However, this doesn’t take into account the difference in the calibre of the competition in the domestic leagues. The best comparison for them each on this stage is how they fared in their last Europa League outings. And by that metric, Chelsea has the advantage. With that in mind, we’re expecting the Blues to simply be too much for the home side, with a final scoreline of 2-0 to Chelsea.
Our recommended tip: Chelsea win to nil
Looking at the odds, it’s clear that the away side are the bookmakers’ favourites. At Paddy Power, Chelsea fans will find low-risk 8/13 match odds, while those supporting Slavia Prague will have to settle for much higher risk 9/2 odds. In fact, a drawn result has better odds than a home win at 11/4. However, considering that Chelsea have been performing better on the international stage than their upcoming opponents – including that decisive 8-0 win over Dyn. Kyiv – we recommend that you wager on them winning to nil. You’ll get good 13/8 odds on this result and a higher potential ROI.
We mentioned earlier that one of the things that makes the Europa League such a joy is its ability to throw together rare opponents. Well, they don’t get much rarer than this. That’s because these two have never faced each other before, in any competition. This, of course, means there’s an element of surprise which makes this one harder to predict. And that fact could actually play into the home team’s favour, as they are generally viewed as the underdogs. The first chapter in their history will be written on the 11th April.
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Players to watch: Miroslav Stoch & Olivier Giroud
Slavia Prague: Miroslav Stoch
Miroslav Stoch is the top goalscorer for Slavia Prague in the Czech First League – one which they are currently leading by a decent margin, we might add. He’s also a player who will no doubt be looking to prove to his old club just how much he has improved in the many years since his early beginning at Chelsea. Although there’s no bad blood between him and Chelsea that we’re aware of, there would be few things sweeter than to prove his abilities by being a difference maker here.
Chelsea: Olivier Giroud
There’s been few opportunities for the World Cup winner to prove his worth to Sarri and the squad during the Premier League, but the Europa League has been a very different story. Against Malmö and Dynamo Kiev, Olivier Giroud contributed to five of the 13 goals scored across the four fixtures, with his hat-trick against the latter being the highlight. Here, he has another chance to prove his importance.