Chelsea have an almost perfect record in the Europa League as the Blues have won 9 matches and drawn just once out of eight Europa League games this season.
After a comfortable 8-0 victory against Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16, Maurizio Sarri’s side were drawn to face Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the last eight, and Chelsea are clearly the favourites to go through to the semis.
Slavia beat Spanish side Sevilla in the round of 16 to reach the quarterfinal stage, and Michael Owen believes the best Chelsea can get against the Prague side is a draw.
The Blues travel to Prague on Thursday evening, and Owen is predicting a 1-1 draw for this tie.
The BetVictor brand ambassador said ahead of the game: “Slavia Prague have scored 10 times in their last two games in domestic football, but they are likely to find Chelsea a different proposition.
“This is a big week for the Blues who travel to Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League and they had Eden Hazard to thank for three points against West Ham on Monday following a virtuoso performance from the Belgian magician.
“Slavia produced the shock of the round in the last 16 when they eliminated Spanish giants Sevilla 6-5 on aggregate courtesy of a 119th minute winner. They clearly have goals in their ranks, but I expect Maurizio Sarri’s side to get a draw and score an important away goal.”
Chelsea are taking this competition seriously, as it will present the Blues an opportunity to qualify for the Champions League next season and also an opportunity to end the season with silverware. The Blues enter this game high on form having won their last three games, with an impressive 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday night. This is Chelsea’s 10th European quarterfinal since 2003-04, and it will be the first ever competitive meeting between Chelsea and Slavia Prague. The Czech side has won just one out of their nine previous games against English opposition, their only victory coming against Leeds United in March 2000.