The draw of the Europa League round of 32 is over and Chelsea are left facing Sparta Prague.
The draw of the Europa League round of 32 is finished and Chelsea are left facing Sparta Prague.
Chelsea will face Prague over two legs and will travel to Prague’s Generali Arena on February 14th 2013 and will welcome the Czechs at the Bridge on February 21 for a crucial second leg.
Prague finished second in their group behind Lyon with a poor 9 pts out of a possible 18, but they did knock last year’s Europa League finalist, Athletico Bilbao, out of the group stage. S.Prague are currently third in the Gambrinus Liga ( Czech League ) but their last three games were draws with two of these games in the Europa League.
The winner of this clash will face the winner of Ajax Amsterdam and Steaua Bucharest in March.
Sparta Prague do not have any more games before their European challenge against the Champions League reigning champions, whereas Chelsea have twelve games to play. We should face an out-of-form team and hopefully we should be on a good run by the time we travel to Prague.
The trip to Prague will also feature our beloved keeper Petr Cech going back to his native country Czech Republic.
We are of course expected to win this game but the first leg in Prague could turn out to be tricky as Sparta Prague are known to be solid at home. My predictions are a difficult victory away but a thrashing at home.
Can’t wait to see this exciting match-up and meanwhile lets Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!
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