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February 21, 2013 3:05 PM EST
Stamford Bridge — London
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90+2′ Eden Hazard
David Lafata 17′

Europa League Preview: Chelsea - Sparta Prague

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

By Chris Teale

  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 it looks 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 has never won a major club competition organized 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 it defeated Rangers and Marseille to reach the semifinal stage.


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1Petr CechGoalkeeper
24Gary CahillDefender
26John TerryDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
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3Ashley ColeDefender
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30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
31Tomas VaclikGoalkeeper
19Matěj HybšDefender
20Tomas ZapotocnyDefender
4Ondrej SvejdikMidfielder
8Marek MatejovskyMidfielder
23Ladislav KrejciMidfielder
25Mario HolekMidfielder
6Lukas VachaMidfielder
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