UEFA Europa League Quarter Finals Preview – Slavia Praha vs Chelsea; Benfica vs Frankfurt
The business end of the Europa League is around the corner, with only eight teams left in the competition.
The first round of quarterfinal games will take place on April 11, with the second leg coming a week later on April 18. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at two of these games, featuring Salvia Prahna, Chelsea, Benfica, and Frankfurt.
Slavia Praha vs Chelsea
Chelsea sailed through the previous leg of the Europa League with a 5-1 aggregate win over Malmö.
Despite problems this season such as uncertainty over manager Maurizio Sarri and key man Eden Hazard’s future, the Blues are heavy favourites heading into their clash with Czech league leaders Slavia Praha.
Slavia are already punching above their weight, taking out Sevilla with an unexpected 6-5 aggregate win in the previous round.
Their physical style of play is unlikely to rattle a side used to playing regular Premier League football, but Slavia have nothing to lose when Chelsea come to visit.
Olivier Giroud is the top scorer in the Europa League this season with nine goals so far for the London side. With just 74 minutes per goal on average, the World Cup winner must be a major worry for Slavia.
Benfica vs Frankfurt
Primeira League leaders Benfica are involved in a tight domestic battle with Porto, but they also have a quarterfinal tie with Eintracht Frankfurt to worry about.
It’s the first-ever competitive match between the two teams, and the visitors are in great form heading into the tie.
Eintracht has already seen off Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan in previous rounds, and they’re the last remaining German side in the competition.
They’ve yet to lose a game so far in the Europa League, and they have a potent attack led by the trio of Luka Jović, Sébastien Haller, and Ante Rebic.
Rebic is set to return from injury in time for the quarterfinal, further increasing their chances of success.
Benfica will look to Brazilian striker Jonas to supply the goals, having swept aside Dinamo Zagreb with a 3-1 aggregate victory in the round of 16.
As mentioned in this sports betting guide, the UEFA Europa League is closing in on its conclusion, but before that is a bunch of exciting matchups in the quarterfinals every soccer fan shouldn’t miss. While the Europa League isn’t on the level of the UEFA Champions League, but it still is a prestigious competition any team would definitely love to win.