Five wins and only one draw in their six home matches in this season’s edition of the Europa League make the Eagles a tough nut to crack. The magnitude of their success this season is best illustrated through the fact they beat the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica to earn their place in the semis.The hosts enjoyed a 14-match unbeaten run in the competition before Benfica defeated them 4-2 in the first leg. The Eagles recovered the deficit and advance into the semi-final on away goals after winning 2-0 at home. The German side have largely benefitted from Luka Jovic’s stellar form this season. The Serbian forward bagged eight of his team’s 28 Europa League goals. Adi Hutter’s men suffered a slight dip in form after beating Benfica. They were forced to settle for back-to-back draws with Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. Consulting the head-to-head record in order to get the best betting options for this match will prove unsuccessful. The Thursday match will be the first-ever competitive encounter between the two sides.
Chelsea Team News
Just like their Thursday rivals, the Blues are also coming off from successive stalemates in the league. Maurizio Sarri’s men got an important top-four boost with a 1-1 draw at Manchester United. The Blues will also be looking to lock the Champions League spot next season by winning the Europa League.Their semi-final rivals might not be a team of great stature. The Germans deserve plenty of respect, however, and our match prediction advises all punters to be careful if betting against the Germans. Chelsea boast a more quality side and have players whose individual brilliance can solve games but will have to work hard in order to get something out of their trip to Germany. The Blues won only two of their last matches on the road. They managed to keep only one clean sheet in the process. They experienced plenty of defensive problems last time out in the competition as well after conceding three goals in a 4-3 scare against Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard will be the one to watch for the visitors. Maurizio Sarri will hope the Belgian will be on top of his game on Thursday.How To Watch Live To stream this match live on your smartphone and computer DOWNLOAD THIS APP