The Premier League has been on a roll in Europe this week. Now it’s Chelsea’s turn as they take on Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the second-leg of their Europa League semi-final.
Maurizio Sarri’s men limped to a 1-1 draw in Germany’s finance capital last week. They’ll be banking on a strong record at Stamford Bridge to take them through to the Final in Azerbaijan next month.
Can they make it to Baku? Or will Frankfurt upset the odds in a week of shocks on the continent? We’ve previewed the tie in our Europa League Betting Tips.
Chelsea have been untouchable on home turf in Europe this season. The Blues have won six matches out of six in West London, scoring 18 goals in the process. We go 4/11 about them winning again inside 90 minutes.
They’re 4/7 to Win with Over 2.5 Goals in the match, while it’s 10/1 about them recording scoring three once again in a 3-1 win. Alternatively, they’re 1/5 to qualify outright.
Slavia Prague gave the Blues a scare in the last round. Frankfurt are 15/2 to go one step further and win in 90 minutes, with 19/5 for the Draw, which could mean extra-time. The Bundesliga outfit are 10/3 to qualify.
Sarri will have to change from his first-choice midfield with N’Golo Kante out injured. That should mean starts for both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic alongside Jorginho, with Ross Barkley on the bench.
Europa League top scorer Olivier Giroud is likely to retain his place at the tip of a front three which is also expected to contain Willian and Eden Hazard. Emerson may swap in for Marcos Alonso at full-back.
Frankfurt are boosted by the return of Ante Rebic from suspension and Sebastien Haller from injury. The former will play in the number 10 role, with the latter lining up alongside top scorer Luka Jovic in a front two.
Boss Adi Hutter may opt to keep the rest of the team the same, although Mijat Gacinovic is pushing for a start in a 3-4-1-2 formation.
Hazard is the obvious pick to score at 19/20. But it’s Giroud who is the competition’s top scorer. The French ace has 10 goals in the Europa League this term and is 5/4 Anytime or 6/1 to Score 2 or More.
Further back, Loftus-Cheek has proved a vital cog in the Chelsea machine of late. He netted against Watford at the weekend and is 9/5 to follow that up again here, while the ever-dangerous Pedro is 7/5.
The visitors will pin their hopes on 26-goal man Jovic. He’s 12/5 to Score Anytime or 7/1 to Score First for the sixth time in this season’s tournament, a feat he also managed last week against the Blues.
Rebic’s return offers another real threat at 7/2, while Both Teams to Score between two attacking sides is 4/5.
Where: Stamford Bridge.
When: 8:00pm, Thursday 9th May.
How to Watch: BT Sport 3.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publishing.