Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(10) 8 Goals 13 (17)
(8) 7 Assists 4 (13)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.1 (7)
27.6 Average Age 26.6
182.5 Average Height (cm) 183.1
(1.1) 1 Shots pg 1.5 (1.4)
(41%) 46% Aerial Duel Success 52% (56%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 1.1 (1.2)
(1.6) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.7 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Europa League.

Missing Players

No missing players.
Player Reason Status Rating
Oriol Romeu Out N/A
David Luiz Out 7.21
Demba Ba Out N/A
John Terry Doubtful 7.03

Team News

  • Former Blues midfielder Jiri Jarosik will play in an experienced backline for the hosts, with Manuel Pamic likely to get the nod over youngster Hybs at left-back.
  • Young forward Vaclav Kadlec may have to play from the right-wing, preferred to Pavel Kaderabak, with Matejovsky in behind lone striker Bekim Balaj.
  • Following a successful African Cup of Nations both John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses could be in line to return to the Chelsea teamsheet.
  • The duo could therefore give the likes of Lampard and Mata a break, while Ashley Cole could also get a rest with Ryan Bertrand his replacement.
  • With John Terry still struggling with a knee injury and David Luiz suspended, the centre-back pairing will be Ivanovic and Cahill, while Marko Marin will hope for a rare start having opened his league account for the Blues at the weekend.

Prediction

  • With only an FA Cup replay against Brentford to concern them on Sunday, Rafa Benitez should name a strong line-up, looking to get an advantage to take back to the Bridge in order to rest some key players in a more challenging period.
  • Sparta Prague will be keen to avoid defeat to keep the tie alive and may look to contain the visitors attacking threat in turn with a defensive shape.
  • The Blues should have enough to come away with a victory and put themselves in the driving seat ahead of the second leg, with a potential clash against Ajax in the pipeline.
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