If Chelsea field their strongest team -- or something close to it -- in their UEFA Europa League tie against Sparta Prague, they should win comfortably. The Blues have struggled recently, but Sparta Prague simply aren't on the same level as the defending Champions League winners, and have drawn more often than they've won recently between the Czech Liga and the Europa League.
They're good enough to pull an upset against Chelsea Reserves, sure, but this tie is in the hands of the Blues.
Player to watch
Victor Moses - I have a hunch that Chelsea won't be risking both of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in both of these matches. It wouldn't be shocking if both sat down for the first leg. That's why the player to watch is Victor Moses, who is almost certain to start. He's been very impressive in substitute appearances and Cup matches for Chelsea and the Europa League will give him a chance to get more first team minutes. He could become an important player for his side in the near future.
Vaclav Kadlec vs. Chelsea's defense - Since he was 16, Kadlec has been hailed as the next big thing in the Czech Republic. He hasn't become a star as quickly as most expected, but he's quietly having the best season of his career to date. The 20-year-old has four goals in the Europa League and five goals in the Czech Liga this campaign. If Chelsea's defenders get a bit too ambitious, like David Luiz did against Leeds on Wednesday, Kadlec could hurt them on the counter.
Chelsea by two goals - If Sparta Prague make this interesting, Rafa Benitez will sub in the heavy hitters, who will get the job done. The Blues will be hoping to rest their best players until later rounds.