We have now reached the quarter finals of Europe’s major competitions, in which Chelsea are the outright favourites to go on and land the Europa league trophy. They are around 15/8, which is no surprise considering both their European pedigree and talented squad.
They have also proved a popular selection amongst punters using offers on bonuscodebets.co.uk. Chelsea landed the competition back in 2013, following on from their Champions league victory the previous season. They have been rather inconsistent this season, and they continue to fight it out for a top four finish. This could be a great way of achieving Champions league football next season, were they to fail in that top four battle.
Chelsea progressed through a weak Group L unbeaten against BATE, Vidi and PAOK. This included five wins and a draw from their eight games played, in which they conceded just three goals. This showed the clear dominance they had against the other sides in the group. The draw came in the final game of the group stages as they drew 2-2 with Vidi.
Following this Chelsea were drawn against Swedish outfit Malmo FF in the round of 32. This clash with Malmo was another in which they started as very strong favourites to progress through. It was a very one sided encounter over the two legs, as Chelsea took a 2-1 lead to Stamford Bridge, following the opening victory. They then sealed progression to the final 16 following a 3-0 second leg victory, as Giroud again was on the score sheet.
Chelsea then faced off against Dynamo Kyiv in the final 16 as they put in the most dominant display of any side in the competition for some time. The first leg took place at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea winning 3-0 following goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi. This meant they had all but guaranteed their progression prior to the second leg, but continued their domination. They followed this up with a 5-0 victory as they progressed through 8-0 on aggregate. This included a ‘Perfect hat-trick’ from Giroud in the rout.
Olivier Giroud: Perfect Hat-trick Hero
Left foot, right foot, header… perfect!
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) March 14, 2019
Chelsea have now been drawn against SK Slavia Prague, who will be looking to pull off another shock following their victory over Sevilla. Chelsea start as the very strong favourites to progress through at 1/6, with Slavia Prague at 7/2. Chelsea are also away in the first leg and are 3/4 to take a lead back to Stamford Bridge, as they look to win another major European trophy.