Chelsea vs Sparta Prague preview

Chelsea defeated the Czech Republic club by 1-0 in the first leg. The Blues also recorded a 4-0 win over Brentford in the English FA cup last weekend.

Predicted Starting 11
Chelsea
Cech-Azpilicueta,Luiz,Cahill,Bertrand-Ramires,Lampard-Marin,Mata,Oscar-Torres

Sparta Prague
Vaclik-Zapotocny,Hybs,Svejdik,Pamic-Vacha,Matejovsky,Jarosik,Husbauer,Krejci-Lafata

Fernando Torres must be at his best in order to make his mark in this fixture. Demba Ba won't play this game because he is cup tied. The Senegalese forward has already played for Newcastle in this competition. He'll have to wait for another season before he can appear in an European competition.

The visitors don't have any decent record in this competition. Their best ever performance in an European competition was a semi final finish in the old phase of the Champions League 22 years ago.
Europa League trophy

David Lafata is expected to play as a lone striker just like the first leg, while Jarosik will take his place in the starting line up despite his absence from the first leg due to injury.

Rafael Bentitez has won this competition when it was called UEFA Cup in 2004. The Spaniard also led Liverpool to the semi final stage in the 2010 edition.

Our prediction: Chelsea 4-1 Sparta Prague
KICK OFF: 20.05 UTC
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Date: 21st February,2013.