Slavia Prague v Chelsea Europa League betting preview and tips

21:00 Thu 11 Apr
Football
Europe
Europa League
Tip: Slavia Prague +1
Units: 1/5
Odds: -167

There’s a temptation to think that Chelsea will prove too strong for Slavia Prague in this match, although we’re happy to get with the champions of Czech Republic on the Asian Handicap.

Slavia enjoyed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Genk before overcoming Sevilla against all the odds and should be respected, with the team drawing 2-2 at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán before the same scoreline occurred at the Sinobo Stadium.

It meant the game went into extra-time and Slavia were able to come from behind to win 4-3 against strong Spanish opposition. This result should give them enormous confidence when it comes to their clash against Chelsea.

The Blues are heavy favourites to win this first leg match and are clearly stronger player for player, although Maurizio Sarri’s team continue to show frailties on the road and the latest reverse was at Goodison Park where the London side lost by a 2-0 scoreline.

This might not be a straightforward game where Chelsea have the tag of favourites and they might have to deal with a team who will clearly go forward in search of goals.

Slavia have been near flawless at home domestically where they have won eleven of their twelve matches, with 36 goals being scored and just 8 being conceded.

They actually started the season in Champions League qualifying before dropping into the Europa League where they enjoyed home wins over Bordeaux and Zenit during the group stage, so there’s a pattern emerging when it comes to these home games.

In addition, Chelsea would be happy enough with a high-scoring draw providing there were away goals on the board, with money back on this bet should the Blues actually win the game by a single goal.

You just can’t put your faith in the Blues for a match where they don’t even need to win and we’re happy to bet accordingly.

BETTING TIP
Slavia Prague +1 @ 1.60 with bet365

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