Sparta Prague vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likley Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on February 14, 2013

Chelsea take on Sparta Prague in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday evening (kick off 6pm GMT).

The Blues became the first holders of the Champions League trophy to crash out at the group stages having narrowly missed out on qualification from Group E, finishing third behind Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk.

The west Londoners must now focus on the Europa League and have a tricky tie with Czech outfit Sparta Prague at the Generali Arena this evening, with the hosts currently unbeaten in their last five European games.

However, Sparta may be rusty having not played a competitive game since early December due to the Czech winter break, but they have played several friendly matches to try and maintain their match sharpness.

Team News

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez will be without the services of Demba Ba with the striker cup-tied having already played in the Europa League with Newcastle this season, so Fernando Torres will start up front.

Captain John Terry is fit after missing Saturday’s win over Wigan but may be rested to protect his troublesome knee injury. Long-term injury victim Oriol Romeu is the only player currently on the sidelines through injury.

Defender David Luiz is suspended for the game so Branislav Ivanovic is likely to partner Gary Cahill at the back. Nigerian duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are likely to miss out having won the Africa Cup of Nations last Sunday.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is expected to continue in goal despite a broken finger and will face his former side, while Benitez may opt to rest Juan Mata and Ashley Cole.

Sparta will name a strong side for the game with the main threat coming from lively wingers Vaclav Kadlec and David Krefci. They will however be without midfielders Jiri Jarosik and Pavel Kaderabek, and forward Tomas Prikryl.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Despite Sparta’s impressive recent record in Europe, Chelsea should have too much for the Czech outfit this evening. We can see Chelsea edging this game and taking a vital advantage back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg. Sparta 1-2 Chelsea

What would your starting eleven be and what’s your score prediction for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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9 Comments

  1. Jide obi

    February 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Luiz must be cfc fuk barca,fruitless attempt

  2. isaac

    February 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Benitez shuld take this match serious. And use a stronger squad.

  3. Uchman

    February 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Cech -Ivanovic Cahill Terry Cole- Mikel Ramirres – Moses Mata Hazard- Torres. Good luck Chelsea

  4. Chrisesin

    February 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Cech, cahill, lvan, azpi, cole, hazard, oscar, lampard, ramires marin, torres.

  5. samuel

    February 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    cech,ceazer,cahil,terry,ashsly cole,lampard,ramires,hazard,mata,oscar,torres

  6. Raphael

    February 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Pls, hlp me tel benitez d solidarity he has wif torres would definately take his hands off d job b4 nite.Chelsea forever.

  7. dayo

    February 14, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I see no realsing why chelsea wouldnt take dis match serious?because will need the cup by allmise.

  8. Hammed Olayemi

    February 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    With d squad in hand, chelsea shud b able 2 proof d last wk winning spirit and they shud not underrate any team in europa league, wish u guys best of luck. SP 1 VS CHELSEA 3.

  9. Aujonia grate

    February 14, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Rafa should take this match serious and take full control of the game. Likely line-up … Chech, Cesar, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Hazard, Mata, Marine, Torres

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