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UEFA Europa League

  • 22 February 2013
  • • 01:35
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: A. Stavrev
  • • Attendance: 38642
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Chelsea win Aggregate 2 - 1

Chelsea - Sparta Prague Preview: Blues out to seal last 16 spot at Stamford Bridge

Having won a dour first leg 1-0 away from home thanks to a goal from Oscar, the Premier League side welcome the Czechs to their home ground for the return fixture

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

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


For the home side, Demba Ba is cup-tied having appeared for Newcastle in the competition this season, so Fernando Torres should lead the line.

Chelsea may start with a strong side as they look to wrap up the tie, with manager Rafael Benitez expected to rotate if a victory is secured.

Meanwhile, the Blues have no new injury or suspension worries ahead of this game, with David Luiz available again.

For Sparta, Jiri Jarosik missed the first leg with injury but should be fit for this game and, despite his poor finishing in the first leg, striker David Lafata should continue up front.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The first leg of this tie was Chelsea’s first game in this competition since the 2002-03 season.
  • Brazilian Oscar (pictured) was on the pitch for less than a minute before he scored the winning goal in the first leg last week.
  • Before the first-leg clash, these teams last met in the group stage of the 2003-04 Champions League, with the Blues taking four points from the two games.
  • Sparta Prague have never won a major club competition organised by Uefa.
  • Sparta captain Marek Matejovsky spent two seasons with Reading in the Premier League, making 51 appearances for the Royals and scoring twice.
  • The club’s most famous run in a European competition came in the first ever Champions League in the 1991-92 season, when they defeated Rangers and Marseille to reach the semi-final stage.

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Available Squads
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
24Gary CahillDefender
26John TerryDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
-Victor MosesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
17Eden HazardMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
-Tomas VaclikGoalkeeper
-Matěj HybšDefender
-Tomas ZapotocnyDefender
4Ondrej SvejdikMidfielder
8Marek MatejovskyMidfielder
23Ladislav KrejciMidfielder
25Mario HolekMidfielder
6Lukas VachaMidfielder
6Tomáš PřikrylStriker
-David LafataStriker
10Václav KadlecStriker
-Marek ČechGoalkeeper
3Manuel PamićDefender
-Vlastimil VidličkaDefender
-Roman PolomDefender
-Adam JanosMidfielder
9Leonard KweukeStriker
9Roman BednarStriker

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